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Sunday, December 15, 2019
Unicorn Riot
ICE Case Management Handbook Based on Federal Law Enforcement "System of Systems"
"Dossier and tracking databases designed by U.S. corporations have been a key instrument of social control for the U.S. government since at least the colonial occupation of the Philippines."
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Thomas Drake
How a Government Censored an NSA Whistleblower
"I viewed the extraordinary pressure to block me as an already-accepted speaker as a most alarming and Orwellian development."
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Larry Beinhart
Drugs, Guns, and Despair: How America Is Killing Americans
The free market economy has pushed the American population to the brink.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Michael Schwalbe
Medicare for All or Profits for a Few
On a level democratic playing field, the for-profit healthcare industry’s fear mongering would gain little traction, as its talking points are easily refuted.
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Asa Winstanley
Don't Let the Smears That Sank Corbyn Tank Bernie Sanders
"Labour’s worst performance since 1983 carries an important lesson for the grassroots left-wing campaign in the United States to elect Bernie Sanders as president: You must defeat false anti-Semitism smears at all costs."
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Brian Wakamo
Postal Pay Cuts Provoked a General Strike in Finland. US Postal Workers Deserve the Same Solidarity.
The prime minister resigned over the nationwide protests, catapulting a 34-year-old woman into Finland’s top job.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Perry and the Tweet
"It all made sense thanks to a simple trumpian tweet..."
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Sarah Anderson, Sanho Tree
Danny Glover Supports Landmark Reparations Fund in Chicago Suburb
The Hollywood actor spoke at an Evanston town hall in support of a new policy to use revenue from marijuana legalization to narrow racial economic gaps.
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Danica Jorden
Bolsonaro’s Revisionist History of Brazil
The Brazilian government announced the creation of a new video series with which it intends to "combat leftist ideas" and offer a false narrative of Brazilian history.
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Friday, December 13, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday delivered a fiery attack on the FBI during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into report produced by the DOJ Inspector General over the probe into 2016 election interference by the Russian government. (Photo: Getty Images) John Atcheson
The Influence of Liars and the Failure of Corporate Media
Why does the "big lie" work? For one thing, there's big money it.
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The broadcaster's exit poll results projected on the outside of the BBC building in London shows Jeremy Corbyn's opposition Labour Party predicted to win 191 seats and lose the general election as the ballots begin to be counted in the general election on December 12, 2019. (Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP / via Getty Images) Peter Bloom
UK Election Shows Progressive Must Have More Than Great Policies, They Need to Win
There is no way to spin the results of this election as anything other than disastrous. So what should be done?
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Attempts to create rules to avoid, say, crippling blocks and tackles have generally been met by howls of anguish from chickenhawk fans who cried out: don’t sissify football. (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
The Six Ways the NFL Groomed Us for President Trump
Still going to watch the Super Bowl?
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2019 with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Marcie Wells
I Have 'Some of the Best' Health Insurance a Union Member Can Get, But I Would Trade It Today for Medicare for All
Earlier this month, I witnessed a paid Culinary 226 Union organizer heckle Bernie Sanders and I haven't stopped wondering why
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"What happens if a movement is able to help people see how they’re being played against each other?" he asked. "You could reset the entire political calculus." (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Greg Kaufmann
Trump’s Hunger Games
More damage to our nation’s most successful anti-hunger program is on the horizon.
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In the first two decades after its release, methane traps over 85 times more heat in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2). (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Hasan Seede
The Recent Natural Gas Blowout in South Texas Highlights the Need for Strong Regulation
The proposed rollback of existing methane standards would allow oil and gas wells to release both methane and VOCs with virtually no control.
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Sonali Kolhatkar
Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie
The important question today is: Will the Afghanistan Papers bring about the end of the longest war?
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Such outlets, after all, don’t care as much about winning elections as they do about blocking the threat of a progressive political movement. (Photo: FAIR) Joshua Cho
For Corporate Media, Voters Are Obstacle to Buttigieg’s Centrist Rise
The alleged "Buttigieg boom" may now be crumbling under the candidate’s stubborn opacity around his funders and great swaths of his career, as well as the entry into the field of fellow smug centrist Michael Bloomberg.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Donald Trump has clearly met that standard. He is the nightmare the Founders dreaded. (Photo: WorkingFamiliesParty) Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: Democrats Go Surgical and Small on Impeachment
The Trump articles comprise a narrative of corruption, and on close inspection may not be as constrained as they appear at first glance.
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Activists with New Virginia Majority are among those working in states across the South for wide-reaching pro-democracy reforms. (Photo courtesy of New Virginia Majority.) Chris Kromm
Southern States Take Up Fight For Bold Democracy Reforms
Pro-democracy advocates are tapping a deep well of frustration with the status quo, and creating a blueprint for a more vibrant democracy.
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Michael Bloomberg's presidential run is a gambit to stifle progressives. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Centrists Don’t Want "Party Unity"—They Want to Defend the Wealthy
Attacks by moderate Democrats on Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are really about defending corporate power and structural inequality.
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Paul Volcker. (Third Way Think Tank / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Ellen Brown
Paul Volcker’s Long Shadow
Unfortunately for Volcker’s legacy and the well-being of the rest of us, his signature policies led to the devastation of the American working class in the 1980s and ultimately set the stage for the 2008 global financial crisis.
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Manuel Perez Rocha speaks on the 20th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests. Manuel Pérez Rocha
We Need a Progressive Alternative on Trade—and NAFTA 2.0 Isn’t It
Here’s what a progressive trade agenda that actually protects people and planet would actually look like.
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Demonstrators wearing masks of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson take part in a protest for keeping the National Health Service (NHS) publicly owned outside Downing Street in central London.  (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media) Astra Taylor
British Voters Are Terrified of US Companies Privatizing the NHS. They Should Be.
The US healthcare machine raked in $100bn last year—and CEOs are salivating at the money they could extract from British patients.
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It’s no surprise that the Journal’s editorial board published an obtuse “open letter” mocking “patriotic billionaires” who support a wealth tax, implying that they’re hypocrites for not voluntarily “writing checks” to the government instead of “waiting for legislation." (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
Papers Owned By Oligarchs Unsurprisingly Oppose a Wealth Tax
Is the Post’s dismissal of claims about the US being an "oligarchy," or their claim that private wealth being “off-limits” from taxation is "integral to any free society," mere coincidence?
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It would be a different matter if the U.S. military were plotting to unseat Trump and replace him with a four-star general.(Photo: Screenshot) John Feffer
Whose Coups?
Donald Trump says that impeachment is actually a coup. It’s one more example of his attack on the rule of law.
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The statement highlighted that this had never happened before in 25 years of negotiations, but yet, there “could be no better symbol of this crisis we face. People around the world are crying out for justice, and fighting oppression, while those in power attempt to shut us out.” (Photo: Theo C. Mouze via Twitter) Andy Rowell
Outrage as UN Climate Talks Kick Out Civil Society, Not the Polluters
As we enter a decade that will define all the ones after it, we need to stand together against fossil fuel companies and the governments that prop them up—at the UNFCCC and everywhere.
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Where do we find the awareness we need to save the planet and save ourselves? (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty) Robert C. Koehler
Letting Our Values Out Of Their Cage
Only with some sort of one-world consciousness can we begin stepping back from the edge of extinction.
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 Sarah Prestoza and Brenda Roberts (4th and 5th individuals in the picture from Left to Right) on a CWA delegation trip to the Philippines. (Photo: Courtesy of CWA) Brenda Roberts, Sarah Prestoza
Why U.S. and Filipino Call Center Workers Are Working Together
The only winners in this global race-to-the-bottom are corporate executives and wealthy investors.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Years of rank avarice and arrogance have caught up with the superrich and their enablers, turning "billionaire" into a synonym for "thief" and focusing rising public anger on the inequality they've fostered.(Photo: Austin Kirk/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
'Tax the Rich' Is No Longer Just a Political Slogan
It's a national necessity and a moral imperative. And, at long last, it's actually within our reach.
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Afghan children look on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on December 19, 2009. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Thomas S. Harrington
Americans Misled About Their Wars: Lather, Rinse, and Repeat
The only real question worth pondering at this point is why Americans sign on to nihilistic pursuits of this sort with such regular and obedient ease.
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Republicans have doubled down on efforts to keep black people from voting in key races. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Rev. Susan K. Williams Smith
What Trump and the GOP Learned from Obama
They learned to embrace popular organizing and to fear—and suppress—the black vote.
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The Trump administration may restrict the size of loans college students can take out, which Rev. Jesse Jackson says is a backward way to reduce student loan debt. (Photo: File Photo) Jesse Jackson
President Trump’s War on the Poor
The economy continues to generate jobs that won’t support a family. That’s why so-called poverty programs—from CHIP to food stamps to public housing to low income heating assistance to Medicaid—are so necessary.
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As a historian, I have taught courses on climate change and history, and one thing I can tell you, it is very unusual during the past million years for the Arctic to be hot. Juan Cole
Sizzling Arctic: Top 5 Climate Horror Stories in NOAA’s Report Card
The wrecking of our beautiful earth is on us.
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Nothing has changed. Whenever there is a foreign policy "crisis," you will never read or hear or see someone completely opposed to U.S. involvement given a voice in the media. Certainly not in the Post. (Photo: flickr/cc) Ted Rall
The U.S. Government Lied About the Afghanistan War. They Couldn’t Have Done It Without Lapdogs Like the Washington Post
18 years and tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars too late, it’s nice to see the media finally shame these scumbags and their government handlers. But they ought to save a big portion of the blame for themselves.
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Playing it "safe" is losing, and not just because centrism is (witness the centrist Obama years’ radical erosion of Democrats’ ability to participate in governance) far from being a safe bet in the first place. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Ira Allen
On Detrumpification: An Urgently Necessary Process After Trumpism
Anything less than an overwhelming popular mandate for progressive, fundamental restructuring of the institutions of society along democratic lines will be insufficient to even begin the process of detrumpification.
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If such is the state of our earth in extremis, COP25 the UN Climate Change Conference, is endeavoring to mitigate the major cause: climate change. (Photo: EuroNews/Twitter) Arshad M Khan, Meena Miriam Yust
Earth In Extremis While Trump Plays Ostrich
Indeed a vexing state of affairs for the world when major players shirk their responsibilities.
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As Obama inserts himself in the 2020 election—with some news reports suggesting he may engage further to help prevent a Sanders nomination—he is fast becoming a symbol of the divide within the Democratic party, between those who caution against (or fear) real change and those who are long tired of waiting. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Gordon Clark
Barack Obama and the Politics of Not Yet
Would it be a "little more just" if only 25,000 people died every year from lack of insurance, as opposed to nearly 50,000? What if it was your brother, sister, or child who was dying?
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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden talk during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Will the Democratic Presidential Nomination Be Bought by the Oligarchs?
The wealthiest and most powerful people in the country are putting their big thumbs on the scale.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Only concessions obtained through tough negotiations by labor, environment, and consumer activists made it any better than the status quo. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch—Pool/Getty Images) Thea M. Lee, Robert E. Scott
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement—Weak Tea, at Best
The USMCA will in no way offset or reverse the massive devastation caused by the original NAFTA agreement.
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Protesters clash with French riot police during a demonstration against pension reforms in Paris, France, 05 December 2019. (Photo: Alexandros Michailidis/ Danica Jorden
Last Straw as Teachers in France Join Nationwide Strike
Macron administration’s proposed teacher pension reform, yet another example of neoliberalism’s war on public education.
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A sustainability policy that focuses on systemic issues reframes the question from “how do we change individuals’ behaviors so that they are more sustainable?” to “how do we change the way society works?” This leads to very different kinds of interventions. (Photo: unclelkt/ Kris De Decker
We Can't Do It Ourselves
In contrast to policies aimed at individuals, policies that frame sustainability as a systemic, institutional challenge can bring about the many forms of innovation that are needed to address problems like climate change.
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 I can’t help but surmise that the original sin of America’s Afghan war, particularly after the initial 2001 invasion, was the reflexive assumption that within this landlocked Central Asian country, an imposed, Western-style representative democracy could take root. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie
Nineteen years into America’s longest war, Afghanistan is in a worse state than at any time since the U.S. military invasion.
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This law and this ruling are indefensible. (Photo: Mikasi/cc/flickr) Hayley Farless
Supreme Court’s Newest Move on Abortion Approves Torture for Pregnant People
Kentucky’s anti-abortion legislators are nothing short of hateful for forcing physicians to torture their patients, and the Supreme Court’s conservatives are callous for allowing this injustice to continue.
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Large majorities of Americans want serious governmental action on climate change that incorporates social justice and workers’ rights, all paid for by progressive taxation. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images) Basav Sen
Most Americans Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels. Isn’t That Worth a Headline?
The Washington Post downplayed the most hopeful findings of their own poll on climate action, so we highlighted those findings for them.
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Palestinians rush to the border fence with Israel as mass demonstrations at the fence continue on May 14, 2018 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israeli soldiers killed at least 41 Palestinians and wounded over a thousand as the demonstrations coincided with the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) James Zogby
A Second Nakba in the Making
If it occurs, the responsibility for this tragedy will fall not only on the Israelis who carry it out and the US that aided and abetted them, it will also fall on the nations of the world who failed to act in time to stop this tragedy from occurring.
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The Department of Defense will similarly have to step up its efforts to harden its own domestic and foreign bases against severe storms and flooding, while beginning to develop plans to relocate those that will be inundated as sea levels rise. (Photo: DoD photo via AFP) Michael T. Klare
The U.S. Military on a Planet From Hell
Insignia, badges, and medals for a climate-wracked era.
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On this International Human Rights Day, it is incumbent on all of us to make a clear commitment to the issue of international taxation, no longer considering it as a technical issue to be discussed behind closed doors. (Photo: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Magdalena Sepúlveda
Beirut and Santiago in the Streets: Why Multinationals Should Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes
If multinationals—and the super-rich—do not pay their fair share of taxes, governments cannot invest in access to education, health care, and decent pensions, or take measures to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
Warren vs. Buttigieg Clash Offers Contrast with Bernie's Consistency
A fighter for the most vulnerable Americans his whole life, Sanders' history is undisputed.
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Monday, December 9, 2019
They’re not selling it but paying companies to take it away and run it for profit. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Caroline Molloy
The NHS Is Opening Up to US Business—the Reassurances Are Demonstrably False
British officials dodged invitations to exclude the NHS from a US-UK trade deal. Not surprising, given how much public money already goes to the US healthcare industry.
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Striking university lecturers in the UK hold a poster in solidarity with students in Lahore, Pakistan, demonstrating for the right to form student unions. (Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Rottenberg/Al Jazeera) Catherine Rottenberg, Neve Gordon
To Survive Crushing Neoliberalism, the World Needs Intersectional Solidarity
From London to Beirut to Santiago and New Delhi, protesters need to build solidarity networks.
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Giovanna De La Rosa (center) at a United for Respect demonstration. Sarah Anderson
Toys R Us Worker: Wall Street Billionaires Should Not Be Making Money By Putting People Out of Work
As the bankrupt toy chain attempts a comeback, retail workers who lost their jobs after private equity takeovers are fighting for accountability.
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All state-run media throughout the Arab world were stuffed with loyalists. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost
Thousands of foreign journalists, with no cultural or political connection to the Middle East, were shipped in, to replace their Arab colleagues, and to participate, willingly or otherwise, in the dirty propaganda campaigns championed by one rich Arab countries or another.
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Symphony Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: mcav0y/flickr/cc) Dahr Jamail
Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD
Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
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There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
The Great American Shakedown
The mortal wounds inflicted on our democratic institutions are bipartisan.
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This second case really is about destroying freedom of the press and entirely undermining what little is left of Israeli democracy. (Photo: Ben Amos Gershom/Prime Minister of Israel) Juan Cole
In Wag the Dog Move, Indicted Israeli PM Netanyahu Moves to Annex 25% of Palestinian West Bank
Netanyahu is brazenly planning to steal a quarter of all the land in the Palestinian West Bank, forever ending any chance of a Palestinian state.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019
An angry group of four people with one holding a pitchfork Ian Acriche
The Pitchforks Will Come Out Eventually
Failing to address wealth inequality means only one thing for a civilization: the end is near.
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participants in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign John Atcheson
The Missing Stories: Three Big Issues the Media Is Missing
When the media and both political parties represent the interests of the oligarchy, attempts to prop up corporate centrists will fail, and surprises like Trump will be inevitable.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit Phil Steck
Beating Trump Is Not Enough: The Real Change Democrats Must Pursue
If we have another Obama-type presidency, without real change, we will eventually get Trumpism without Trump
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Banner reads: National day of action to defend public education Julie Hollar
How Media Turn Support for Public Schools Into Opposition to Children of Color
Claiming to simply be defending poor parents and children is a hallmark of such news articles.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Pamela Karlan speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2019. Michael Winship
The Women Who Will Save Us All
They must pull us from the pyre of political madness.
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First-grader Khatona Miller, right, investigates a circled location on a world globe Ayanna Pressley, Monique W. Morris
A Just Society Doesn’t Criminalize Girls
The policies and unfair practices that disproportionately push girls of color from institutions of learning stem from deeply entrenched biases that require bold, community-based solutions to correct.
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 House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaking with the press Wednesday after the committee’s hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Who Is the Audience for the Judiciary Committee Hearing?
An evaluation of the House Democratic leadership’s performance.
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People take over the intersection in front of the WA State Convention Center on the 20 year anniversary of the WTO Shutdown. (Photo: Elliot Stoller) Heather Day, David Solnit
Celebrating WTO+20 and Looking Forward in Seattle
Marking the anniversary of the WTO street uprising would not be complete without getting into the streets.
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The Consumer Energy Alliance, an industry front group, is pressing for the controversial and legally imperiled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Sue Sturgis
Big Energy Front Group Launches Push for Troubled Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The group argued that building the pipeline would save North Carolinians money by bringing more natural gas into the non-drilling state, characterizing that as an "energy justice" issue.
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Any "climate action that doesn't connect the historic links between the carbon economy, colonialism, capitalism and ecological destruction would be oppressive to Indigenous communities," the author writes. Josue De Luna Navarro
The Centuries-Long History of Extractive Greed
Climate change is a symptom of a malevolent virus borne out of capitalism and colonialism. Indigenous liberation shows the path towards healing the planet.
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President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit Ralph Nader
Why Not Also Go With “The Kitchen Table” Impeachable Offenses for Removal?
Failure by Congress to prevent devastating precedents from being invoked and followed by future presidents will create a legacy of disgrace for Congress.
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Friday, December 6, 2019
The massive change we need will not happen overnight. Rather, we must mobilize like never before to make it happen. (Photo: Sunrise Movement) Naina Agrawal-Hardin
Young People Are Escalating to Sit-ins in Politicians’Offices Today. Here’s Why.
In America, the New Deal Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Anti War Movement, and the indigenous activists of Standing Rock, among many others, have paved the path of nonviolent direct action that we are now embarking on.
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A river at risk of drying up near the agricultural village of Guapinol, Honduras. The phrase “Cuidemos los bosques,” painted onto a rock by villagers, translates to “Protect the forests.” (Photo: Lawyers for Civil Rights) James Goodman
'Fleeing Not Migrating'
Climate change, pollution, and violence drive people to the U.S. border, even with no promise of a path to citizenship.
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"Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level of 407.8 parts per million in 2018 and continued to rise in 2019. CO2 lasts in the atmosphere for centuries and the ocean for even longer, thus locking in climate change." (Photo: Andrew Hart/flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
Despite Warmest Decade on Record, We Still Act Like "Addicts Blowing Our Carbon Budget"
"Another lost year leading to another lost decade. I don’t want to belittle the important things that have happened and are happening, but they are not enough. People will look back at us and wonder, 'What were you doing?'"
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From off-grid solar home systems to utility-scale solar and wind, the potential for major advances in the use of renewable energy is also growing rapidly on the African continent. (Photo: Shutterstock) William Minter
Africa Could Power a Green Revolution
With a thriving off-grid solar market and hundreds of millions of people waiting for electricity, the continent offers huge potential for renewables.
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A new contingent of 14,000 troops would double the extra total sent in 2019 alone and bring the over-all number to 74,000. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump Fails Again to Bring Our Troops Home From Mideast: Mulling Escalation of 14,000 US Troops to the Middle East to Counter Iran
It's not clear how another 14,000 US troops would effectively do anything to block Iran.
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Riot police pepper spray nonviolent demonstrators at the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. (Photo: Steve Kaiser / Flickr) Walden Bello
How the Battle of Seattle Made the Truth About Globalization True
Twenty years ago, experts refused to see the truth about the dark side of globalization. Then Seattle happened.
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Amazon relies on taxpayers subsidizing its workers’ livelihoods, but it also refuses to pay its fair share of taxes. (Photo: Tony Webster / Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) Sonali Kolhatkar
Amazon Abuses Workers and the Climate—Because It Can
Far more effective than individuals walking away from the company (although that doesn’t hurt), is collective action to change the laws that Amazon benefits from.
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Senate Democrats John Kerry, Carl Levin, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Joseph Biden take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill14 March, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC following a procedural vote on Iraq. The US Senate will reopened a debate on a Democratic push to restrict the Iraq war effort after weeks of procedural delays by Republican allies of the White House, Senate leaders said. (Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War
The spectacle of Kerry praising Biden as a seasoned leader amounts to one supporter of the Iraq catastrophe attesting to the character and experience of another supporter of the same catastrophe.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019
By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) Brett Wilkins
ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture
The current hearing will examine allegations that US troops and intelligence operatives tortured, raped and abused Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004.
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Professor Jonathan Turley testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Hank Edson
Professor Turley Is Dead Wrong on Impeachment and Here’s Why
We don’t need Professor Turley’s hand-wringing performance to scare us away from defending our democracy through the exercise of our political power to hold an oligarchic authoritarian accountable.
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It is exceptionally rare for a film to show US personnel torturing their captives, and the film-makers are to be commended for their courage. (Photo: Screengrab) Clive Stafford Smith
Everyone Should Watch The Report. Take It From a Guantánamo Bay Lawyer
This important film shines a light on an important story in recent history: the torture of detainees kept as forever prisoners in Gitmo.
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Donald Trump pictured with US healthcare executives in 2017, including (second from right) the then CEO of UnitedHealth Group. (Photo: Twitter) Tamasin Cave
Donald Trump, the US Private Health Giant, and Top NHS Officials—Special Relationships?
US private healthcare firm Optum has been ‘planting seeds’ in the English NHS for a decade, new research exposes.
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The new right has set about reordering the political landscape. Mainstream parties have lost credibility. Politics have become even more polarized. Not just liberalism but democracy itself is under attack. (Photo: The Battle for Another World / Institute for Policy Studies) John Feffer
Inside the Battle for Another World
Understanding how the new right went global—and how to stop it—is key to keeping our planet habitable.
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The incoherent discourses of Devin Nunes and Rudy Giuliani didn’t come out of nowhere, nor are they purely a sign of obedience to Trump. They had been germinating for ages in what was once called, without irony, the Party of Ideas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty) Mike Lofgren
Protocols of the Elders of the Republican Party
Lunatic conspiracy theories are the heart and soul of today’s GOP.
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Marijuana is still fully criminalized at the federal level and in many states. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
For me, it’s a gateway to pain relief. For others, its prohibition is a gateway to mass incarceration.
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In Trump, the party seems to be committed not to principles, but to a man who defies the rule of law and is disorder personified. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
What’s Wrong With the Republicans?
Fruits of the twin roots of evil: Slavery and imperial expansion.
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"Should a U.S. election not involve most people on earth? What would American political discourse look like, if it had to satisfy voters in Iraq or Afghanistan?" (Photo: Indy Media) Robert C. Koehler
Envisioning a United World
A global insanity: the alleged sovereignty of nation states to decide who matters and who doesn’t, what matters and what doesn’t.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Liberals are much more concerned about the quality of family relationships. (Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images) Shawn Fremstad
Modern Family Progressive Values Put Conservatives to Shame
Progressives rightly embrace family diversity and egalitarian, solidaristic relationships.
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We were part of the People’s Global Action network, which came out of a series of Zapatista-initiated “Encuentro” gatherings. We used the phrase, “Our resistance will be as transnational as capital.” (Photo: David Solnit) David Solnit
WTO Shutdown: A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future
There is an incredible opportunity to use street theater—art, dance, music, giant puppets, graffiti art and theater—and nonviolent direct action to simplify and dramatize the issues of corporate globalization and to develop and spread new and creative forms of resistance.
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A group of Syrian refugees arrives on the island of Lesbos after traveling in an inflatable raft from Turkey near Skala Sikaminias, Greece on July 15, 2015. (Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell) Gwyneth Bernier
The New Stateless Peoples: Confronting US Culpability in the Climate Refugee Crisis
If floods and wildfires can take lives as surely as bombs and bullets, why has the United States adamantly denied entrance to climate refugees?
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Our media is owned and operated by the largest, most aggressive corporations in the world leaving little to no room on the air for the anti-war activists offering free hugs and senseless acts of kindness. But that’s why it’s all the more impressive that in so many areas, we are winning the seemingly endless battle for the mindscape of our country.(Photo: Shutterstock) Lee Camp
The Left Is Finally Winning the War of Ideas
Simply take a look at the ideas that are dominating the Democratic presidential race, even though the corporate media has tried to ignore these solutions, attack them, dispute them, and then ignore them all over again.
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If a president can get away with obstructing an inquiry, he can avoid accountability. If that prospect exists for a president, any president, then the system of checks and balances collapses. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) John Nichols
Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction
This is about the specifics of a constitution that can only work if the president cooperates with congressional investigations.
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Trump-style politics, and particularly American-style privatized healthcare, are the bogeymen of the U.K. election. (Photo: The Progressive) Sarah Jaffe
What the U.K. Election Tells Us About Universal Health Care
Across the political spectrum, the British are clear: American-style health care is a terrible idea.
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Sanders’ commitment to worldwide leftism was apparent even before he announced his second run for president. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Bernie Sanders Has the Backing of Leftists Worldwide
Sanders’ support for international far-left leaders, Politico explains, "are a clear mark of distinction from Warren in a race in which their domestic agendas are viewed as very similar."
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Hundreds of activists attend a rally in New York City on October 13, 2019 demanding that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty and impeach President Donald Trump. "Broadening the impeachment makes constitutional sense," writes Isaac, "and it makes political sense, too." (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Watergate Teaches Us That Democrats Should Broaden the Impeachment Charges
The Democrats are now in the midst of an impeachment. And there is no going back. So why be moderate or cautious in the leveling of entirely legitimate charges against this terrible and entirely illegitimate president?
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The crimes of Iran-Contra were shocking when they were revealed in real-time, but the murky ending has allowed the story to drift into relative obscurity, especially as the American right-wing embarked on a campaign (which I wrote a book about) to create a mythical Ronald Reagan who’d be worthy of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Will Bunch
Reagan’s Forgotten Iran-Contra Escape May Reveal More About Trump’s Fate Than Watergate
The principles first laid bare in Iran-Contra—a deference to the raw exercise of power, including a willingness to overlook the rule of law—have become America’s cruel guiding spirit in the 21st century.
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If we can’t easily regulate the amount of money in our politics, we might spread it around more (like Seattle), or create fewer opportunities to spend it (like Twitter) or less time in which to do so by limiting by law the length of campaigns, as Canada and many other nations do. (Photo: by Ethan Miller/Scott Olson/Olivier Douliery/Ira L. Black/Tsvi Braverman/Getty Images) Chris Winters
Can We Get the Money Out of Politics?
Many of the problems we have in the U.S. system, such as the Electoral College trumping (ahem) the popular vote, are institutional problems, and they are preserved by the high standards we set to amend the Constitution.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
There are 57,000 large dams in the world and more could be on the way. Thus, it is important that GND advocates clarify whether they support building more dams or endorse a moratorium on their construction.(Photo: usacetulsa/flickr/cc) Don Fitz
Dammed Good Questions About the Green New Deal
Here are 10 potential problems with dams.
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"On a day-to-day basis, the impacts of climate change play out through extreme and "abnormal" weather. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service) Emily Beament
The Hottest Years
The past decade, from 2010 to 2019, has almost certainly been the warmest in records dating back to the 19th century.
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It’s too late to turn back the page to the soft, centrist, consensus politics of the era before Trump. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
Middle America: The Danger for Democrats
To insist that not coming on too strong is what’s needed in 2020 is to miss the whole lesson of the rightwing populist rise of Trump.
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The result of this corporate omnipresence is clear—the negotiations move at a snail’s pace and more often than not reflect the interests of global corporations, not people and the planet. (Photo: UN Climate Change/Twitter) Erika González, Sriram Madhusoodanan
Meet the Big Polluters Sponsoring COP25
Whether it’s subsidies or the global response to this crisis, around the world, the influence of industries like the fossil fuel industry continues to hamper our policymaking to face the ecological and climate crisis.
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RESIST Banner 1999 (Photo: Dang Ngo: ZUMA Press) Jeff Crosby
WTO Shutdown: The Kids Are Alright
This is a period when on certain issues, massive, non-violent direct action is in order, as the demonstration in Seattle shows.
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By the time the campaign was over, Raqqa, like a number of other Syrian and Iraqi cities, was in almost complete ruins (Photo: Youtube Screenshot/Gabriel Chaim) Arnold R. Isaacs
Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts
A legacy of a new kind of war.
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Danny Sjursen
Humanity Is Riding Delusion to Extinction
Collective delusion—reflected in the populist, rightward, authoritarian global political wave—might just spell the end of organized human life on this planet.
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