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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Rep. Ro Khanna is Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is co-sponsoring House Resolution 246 attacking the BDS movement. (Photo: Screenshot) Michael Arria
Why Are Progressive Democrats Backing an Anti-BDS Bill That Was Introduced at an AIPAC Conference?
"They are deluding themselves."
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A folder reading "Terrorists" on its cover, that forms part of the "Archives of Terror" is pictured at the Documentation and Archive Center for Human Rights Defense, at the Justice Palace in Asuncion, on January 16, 2019. - The archives that were found in 1992 at a police station in Asuncion, contain the most important documentation of the exchange of intelligence information and prisoners among the military regimes of the region known as "Operation Condor". The files served to order the arrest of former Pa Brett Wilkins
Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas
Revelation comes after Italian court sentences 24 men to life behind bars for roles in U.S.-backed state terror campaign
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55,000 children—who are U.S. citizens or otherwise eligible to receive housing benefits—could face eviction under a new Trump administration rule. (Photo: Shutterstock) Rose Ramirez
A Trump Plan to Throw 55,000 Children Out of Their Homes
A proposed rule would strip housing benefits from U.S. citizens if they’re found to have family members with the wrong immigration status
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Neither Tapper nor Bash are conservative favorites, but neither are they journalists with a progressive worldview. (Photo: Screenshot) Julie Hollar
CNN Should Treat Left and Right Alike in Presidential Debates
Please call on CNN to play fair and include a progressive journalist in its Democratic debates
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It's one thing to have a president who thinks "Out of sight; out of mind" should be an actual public policy. It's another thing to have a president who's clearly out of his mind. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Jim Hightower
The Mad Corruptions of Trump Inc.
We have a president who's clearly out of his mind
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Ali Abunimah
Israel Lobby Groups Hatch Plan to Divide the Left
Israel and its lobby see the strengthening solidarity between Palestinians and other oppressed groups, especially Black people in the United States, as a major threat and they are determined to fight back
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When corporations get special handouts from the government, it costs the rest of us.(Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
How Corporate Welfare Hurts You
The next time you hear conservatives railing against welfare handouts for the poor, remind them that we should really be cutting corporate welfare
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Mike Lofgren
When It Comes to Plutocrats Like Epstein and Trump, Always Assume the Worst
In the age of Trump, the wrongdoing has become so blatant, the attitude towards the rest of us so contemptuous, that a presumption of guilt may be the only realistic attitude
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 In just 12 months, he has killed or weakened dozens of safeguards with the sole intention of bolstering polluting industries’ profit margins even after Congress slashed the corporate tax rate. (Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP/MediaPunch via Alamy) Elliott Negin
10 Ways Andrew Wheeler Has Decimated EPA Protections in Just One Year
Trump’s EPA administrator should change the name of his agency to "Every Polluter’s Ally."
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Reps. Rashida Tlaib, left, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley respond to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries, during a news conference. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Natasha Hakimi Zapata
I Know What It’s Like to Be Told to ‘Go Back’ to My Own Country
This president and his enablers are not the exception in our long, shameful history of systemic racism—they simply have no interest in hiding theirs behind platitudes
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The parents of these women were blue collar or service workers, and that is the real point. That’s 85% of the country. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 4 Ways the Squad of Young Congresswomen Represent More Americans Than Trump
Trump’s constituency is disproportionately old white people, who are no longer a majority in the US
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 The latest studies have shown unequivocally that raising the minimum wage is a boon to society overall -- stimulating the economy, decreasing poverty-related stress, and increasing productivity. (Photo: Getty Images) Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal
A $15 Minimum Wage Is Exactly What Our Economy Needs
The Raise the Wage Act is an opportunity for Congress to restore dignity to work and stability to the lives of millions who work hard every day for less and less
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McDonald's pioneered methods of attracting school children to its stores. Now its using that connection to rip off local schools. (Photo: Shutterstock) Cecily Myart-Cruz
McDonald’s: Stop Exploiting Our Schools
So-called "McTeacher’s Nights" rip off teachers, schools, and McDonald’s workers under the guise of raising funds
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"You know how these people lie!" 12 Angry Men (1957). (Photo: Screengrab) Jud Lounsbury
Trump’s "Go Back" Racist Epithet; Oh, So Familiar
Trump has dived deep into the septic tank before. But, folks, this is truly a new low
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When Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency in 2016, he would frequently attack the JCPOA as Obama’s folly. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It
The U.S. behavior regarding such international agreements, Macron said, was "insane."
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Raytheon Technologies will have more money to make campaign contributions, more money to hire lobbyists, and more production sites that can be used as leverage over members of Congress loathe to oppose spending on weapons produced in their states or districts. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images) William Hartung
Merger Mania: The Military-Industrial Complex on Steroids
Eisenhower's worst nightmare
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Monday, July 15, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during his 'Made In America' product showcase at the White House July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump talked with American business owners during the 3rd annual showcase, one day after tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their own countries. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump's Latest Tweets Are Not Just Racist, But Part of a Broader Reactionary Attack on the Left
Trump hates immigrants and he hates people of color. But it doesn't stop there. He hates worker rights. He hates journalists, and scientists, and educators. He hates democracy.
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Rather than the story of a Postal Service facing dire financial straits, it is time we see the Postal Service for what it really is: a well-loved public institution that has risen to every challenge and innovated its way to new services even in the face of an unprecedented congressional mandate. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger
How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it
An unprecedented congressional mandate threatens the Postal Service's ability to continue to provide good jobs and universal service
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 The president*, hard on the heels of his apartheid cosplay on the electric Twitter machine, announced a unilateral change in the country's asylum system. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
The President* Is Now Arguing He's the Real Victim of His Own Bigotry
Plus: an assault on asylum and Wilbur Ross is on the chopping block
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The U.S. is brutalizing ordinary Iranians, even as its actions and rhetoric are driving toward a more serious military confrontation. (Photo: Shutterstock) Khury Petersen-Smith
Iran’s Not the Aggressor. The U.S. Is.
If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration "bumbled" into one.
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Congress should quickly pass this bill so these precarious and undervalued jobs can become good, dignified ones. (Photo: thinkprogress.org) Ai-jen Poo
The Workers in Our Homes Deserve Rights
A new bill would give nannies, house cleaners and home care workers long overdue protections
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A firefly lights up at dusk. (Photo: Jeremy_Hogan / Getty Images) Jessica A. Knoblauch
Fireflies’ Glow Could Soon Be Extinguished by Human Actions
Species’ extinction rates are accelerating on a global scale. We need solutions that match the severity of the problem.
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Billionaire candidates often run promising to fix the very problems that their own existence created in the first place.(Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters) Nathan J. Robinson
Why Do Billionaires Keep Presenting Themselves as America's Great New Hope?
From Ross Perot to Tom Steyer, rich megalomaniacs run for president by preying on voters’ disillusionment
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The U.S. Capitol building (Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons) James Zogby
Two Congressional Resolutions That Won’t Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace
The bottom line is that Congress, as much as this and past Administrations, is responsible for the current state of affairs in Israel/Palestine
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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 6, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Pelosi's War on Progressives Risks Another Trump Victory
There are three reasons Trump won, and some of the leading Democrats don't seem to understand any of them
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A woman walks in front of a pro-choice mural relating to the laws regarding abortion in Dublin on May 11, 2018 ahead of a national referendum (Photo: Artur Widak/AFP/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
I Had an Abortion and Now I'm Not Ashamed
The personal is still political. And it's planetary, too.
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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Secretary Pompeo speaks of longstanding international human rights norms as if he's demonstrated a single iota of respect for them, and as if those norms are incongruent with defending human dignity and democratic values. Jamil Dakwar, Sonia Gill
Pompeo’s New "Human Rights" Commission is Up To No Good
This commission isn't fooling anyone
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the High-Level Cooperation Council meeting between the Russian Federation and Turkey on April 8, 2019. Eric Margolis
Turkey Calls Trump's Bluff
Turkey can live without the F-35. It’s too expensive and may be more vulnerable than advertised
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President Donald J. Trump listens as Bob Johnson , founder of the BET and RLJ Companies, addresses his remarks Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at the signing ceremony of the Executive Order to establish the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Julie Hollar
Why Does WaPo See Black as an 'Identity'—but Not Multi-Millionaire?
If the Post wants to talk about the black demographic, why frame its article around an outlier multi-millionaire, rather than the majority of the African-American electorate?
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta listens to President DonaldTrump at the White House May 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Juan Cole
Top 5 Trump Officials Who Resigned Because of Shocking Scandals
The resignation of Trump's Labor secretary, Alex Acosta, is only the most recent in a string of such scandals for Trump. In fact, what with all the things Trump himself has done plus those around him...
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2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition law protest on 7 July 2019 in Tsim Sha Tsui. Reese Erlich
What's Really Going on in Hong Kong?
China and Hong Kong will be struggling for many years to determine exactly what "one country, two systems" really means
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President George Washington as a pilot. Michael Winship
What I Saw at the (American) Revolution
The founders would say Trump mangles the Constitution even worse than he does the English language
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Donald Trump poses for a picture with Jeffrey Epstein in 2000. César Chelala
Children's Trafficking and Exploitation is a Persistent, Dreary Phenomenon
Children's trafficking and exploitation is a widespread phenomenon that is causing enormous suffering throughout the world. It can take several forms such as forced labor, sexual exploitation and child begging, among other practices
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A critical mass boycott could have an effect on Amazon. Valerie Vande Panne
It’s Prime Time to Boycott Amazon
Pledge to boycott Amazon today. Then get what you need from Prime Day
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Saturday, July 13, 2019
The Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) nuclear facility at the the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in 1958. Robert Dodge
60 Years Since the Largest U.S. Nuclear Accident and Captured Federal Agencies
What is needed now is action
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Extinction Rebellion activists temporarily block the A23 at Lewisham Station on June, 14 2019 in London, England. Skeena Rathor
Rebelling From a Nonviolent Heart
Extinction Rebellion is ushering in a comprehensive language of nonviolence
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US Ambassador to David Friedman speaks with US businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson during the opening of an ancient road at the City of David archaeological and tourist site in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem on June 30, 2019. Ori Nir
Religious Fanatics Have Hijacked America's Israel Policy. And They're Not Even Evangelicals
Trump's extremist, maverick pro-settler envoys, David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, aren't resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They're fueling it—and Congress should investigate
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Either Warren or Sanders would be a better bet for reform than Biden. Clair Brown, Simon Sällström
What America Needs to Understand About Capitalism
The United States has the resources to create a better capitalist system, and it is clear which policies can improve wellbeing today and create a more equitable and sustainable economy for future generations. Now the country needs to elect a president and Congress that can build this system
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, seen here in Pisa at a meeting of the Tuscan University Movement in March, owes much of his success to the largesse of American donors, the authors argue. Mary Fitzgerald
The American dark money behind Europe's far right
From Britain to Hungary to Italy, the far right is on the rise. openDemocracy investigations over the past year have revealed the vital role of US Christian conservatives
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Friday, July 12, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images) Samuel Moyn
Can Pompeo Redefine Human Rights for the Trump Era?
The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a laboratory for new collaborations between the religious right and the secular far right
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In March 2010, a rally by thousands of striking USW ... the world. (Photo: United Steelworkers) Leo Gerard
Is There a Global Future for Unions?
For labor to secure gains, in the United States or Canada or anywhere, workers must mobilize. We have to bring everyone together, women, men, poor people, people of color, gay people—all working people
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This whole fandango has been about scaring poor and desperate people. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Charles P. Pierce
The Fear, Like the Cruelty, Is the Point
It's the point of the census fandango and the "massive ICE raids." It's the point of everything the Trump people do
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For survival and for prosperity, what’s needed is an all-hands-on-deck reckoning with the vast scale of the change that is essential. (Photo: Public domain) Steven McFadden
Sleepwalking Into Certain Catastrophe, or Awakening via Agroecology
As people’s access to food, land, water, health care, housing, and education are threatened or destroyed, there will be an intensified need for policies that ensure respect for human, social, economic, and environmental rights
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Most terrifying for those who cannot fathom another four years of this nightmarish presidency ought to be Trump’s advertising and fundraising strategy. (Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Are We Underestimating Trump Yet Again?
Progressives and liberals have to accept the ugly fact that a sizable portion of America’s population is susceptible to Trump's propaganda because they back the president’s xenophobic, anti-immigrant, racist, sexist, homophobic, corporatist, and war-mongering agenda
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The United Nations recently warned that climate disasters—such as the freak storm in late June that buried Guadalajara, Mexico, in hail—are happening at the rate of one per week. (Photo: Ulises Ruiz / AFP / Getty) Carolyn Kormann
The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency
Given that the fate of millions of species, the future livelihoods of current high schoolers, and the stability of modern civilization rests in the balance, the only word to describe the situation is: emergency
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Martha, a granddaughter of the Catholic Worker Movement's founder Dorothy Day, is one of seven activists, the "King’s Bay Plowshares 7", whose April 4, 2018 action was in accord with their deeply held beliefs that life is sacred, and must not be taken in war. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Kathy Kelly
Remnants of War
The Taliban, U.S. Government, and every other warring party in Afghanistan must be asked: "How many more civilians, including children, are you willing to kill and maim?"
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Thursday, July 11, 2019
 “Today’s oceans are absorbing carbon about an order of magnitude faster than the worst case in the geologic record.” (Photo: Onny Carr/Flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
Humanity Sleep-Walking Toward 'Mass Extinction'
Politicians ignore the daily alarm bells in the science, whether it is melting Antarctica ice caps or the growing temperatures in the ocean
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Diablo Canyon Power Plant. (Photo: Wikimedia) Harvey Wasserman
The Quake to Make Los Angeles a Radioactive Dead Zone
Nothing significant has been done to improve safety at two coastal reactors upwind of ten million people that are surrounded by earthquake faults in a tsunami zone like the one where the four Fukushima reactors have already exploded
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The successful six-year run of Abenomics, along with China’s decades of unprecedented economic growth, have proven that governments can indeed monetize their debts, expanding the money supply and stimulating the economy, without driving up consumer prices. (Photo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference following the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka/AFP) Ellen Brown
How to Pay for It All: An Option the Candidates Missed
What US presidential candidates from both parties should talk about is how to modify the law so that Congress, the Administration and the central bank can work together in setting monetary policy, following the approaches successfully modeled in China and Japan
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If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) Michael T. Klare
O-I-L: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis
The fossil fuel's enduring sway in U.S. policy in the Middle East
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Trump has relentlessly promoted the oil and fossil fuel industries at the expense of the environment. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
The Good News About Trump’s Very Bad Environment Speech
Even Trump now senses that the electorate wants a 2020 candidate who takes climate change seriously
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Wages have risen only 12.4 percent since 1977, despite a sharp 77 percent escalation in productivity. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP) Roger Bybee
Donald Trump’s Not-So-Great Economy
Dig just a little below the surface and you’ll find that the much-discussed gains for working people are mostly illusionary
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By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be under “water stress” conditions, setting the groundwork for conflict and wars. (Photo: Shutterstock) Conn Hallinan
The World Needs a Water Treaty
The world has enough water for 7 billion people, but not if countries waste, hoard, or weaponize it
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The U.S. women’s soccer players now have a global platform to highlight the struggle for women’s pay equality and justice. (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
U.S. Women's Soccer Players Gain a Global Platform for Their Battles
The U.S. women’s soccer players now have a global platform to highlight the struggle for women’s pay equality and justice
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for Acosta to resign, but also immediately ruled out impeaching him. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Democrats Are Failing the Country by Letting Trump Off the Hook
Democrats have essentially been shouting, "Do whatever you want, Mr. Trump! We are terrified of our own shadow and will let you get away with anything!"
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, pose for a group photo of House Democrats in the Capitol Visitor Center, who plan to wear "suffragette white" to the State of the Union address to show solidarity for women's agendas on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Perils of Pelosi vs. The Squad
I wish Pelosi would open up to her left colleagues, but it’s not likely to happen anytime soon
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Some of the children who left the Central Processing Center were asked to draw what their time was like at the detention facility. They drew pictures of kids in cages. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP Photo) Robert C. Koehler
The Mop Closet of American History
Welcome to hell, as presided over by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Occasionally, he hit something of substance and, more often, he just lit up the sky for a second and was gone. (Photo: Wally Mcnamee/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Ross Perot Was a Big, Loud, Transformational Crank
His 1992 third-party candidacy changed the Democratic Party for the worse—and laid the groundwork for 2016
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The CBO paints a pretty solid picture of increased wages for twenty-seven million low-wage Americans. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP Photo) David Dayen
Conservatives Grasp at Straws After CBO Minimum Wage Analysis Shows Clear Benefits
Increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour would be very good news for American workers
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It is ironic (but not surprising) that an administration claiming to fight for lower drug prices for Americans is actively pushing for rule changes that would grant even more price-gouging power to pharmaceutical multinationals. (Photo: Gladkikh/Getty Images) Jayati Ghosh
Blame US Trade Policy for Sky-High Drug Prices
Skyrocketing drug prices were a major issue in the 2016 US presidential campaign, and the Trump administration has since announced measures to bring them down. Why, then, is the administration also pushing for intellectual-property rules that give pharmaceutical giants even more price-gouging power?
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Anti-poll tax demonstrators confront police in London, 1990. A measure in Florida has been likened to a new poll tax. (Photo: Shutterstock) Robert P. Alvarez
Return of the Poll Tax
Florida's anti-democratic poll tax will cost the state hundreds of thousands of voters—and hundreds of millions of dollars
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A cemetery in Taft, Louisiana, in the shadow of a petrochemical plant. The area is known as "Cancer Alley." (Photo: Shutterstock) Mallika Khanna
Climate Change Is a Poor People’s Issue
Poor and working communities stand to gain the most from protections against corporations that expose them to pollution
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We realized that, to be successful, we needed to systematically confront the instruments used to sustain the dominance of fossil fuels. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Bill McKibben
The Climate Movement: What's Next?
We must use this moment as crucial leverage to push the planet in a new direction. If we succeed, then we have risen to the greatest crisis humans have ever faced and shown that the big brain was a useful evolutionary adaptation.
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"Food systems are at a crossroads. Profound transformation is needed." (Photo: Markus Winkler on Unsplash) Timothy Wise
Agroecology as Innovation
Agroecological sciences offer just the kinds of innovations small-scale farmers need to increase soil fertility, raise productivity, improve food and nutrition security, and build climate resilience
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In California, where charters are more plentiful than in any other state, the widespread scandals are starting to prompt talk among top state leaders of much-needed reforms. (Credit: American Federation of Teachers) Jeff Bryant
Why Won’t the Charter School Industry Acknowledge Its Documented Failures
Public schools remain society’s most preferred and best attempt to guarantee an education to every child, while private enterprises like charters have the option of closing down whenever they want because the public system remains as a safety net for students and families
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In 2015, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) published a study revealing that in 2013 an astounding US$1.1 trillion was stolen annually—or nearly $3 billion a day—from developing countries due to trade mispricing. (Photo: The Weekly Bull/flickr/cc) Tanya Rawal-Jindia
How Multinationals Pad Their Budgets With the Wealth of Developing Countries
Tax havens are a geopolitical nightmare, and transfer pricing is a legal accounting trick to get money into tax havens
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Bruce Hrobak, owner of Billy Bones Bait & Tackle in Port St. Lucie, Florida, speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during an White House event on the environment July 7, 2019 in which Trump and others tried to claim the president has an environmental record the administration can be proud of. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Let Us Be Clear: Trump's Environmental Record Is a Crime Against Humanity
And no, nature doesn't care about Trump's fatuous spin about his accomplishments
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Trump and the GOP will still need a little help from their overseas friends, just as Trump Jr. reached out to or tried to take help from the Russians, Saudis and Emiratis in 2016. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Trump and GOP Are Blatantly Encouraging Foreign Dictators to Hack the 2020 Election
Which is why Trump and McConnell are working as hard as they can to make sure those foreign oligarchs and autocrats know how much they’ll appreciate that help, should it be forthcoming
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While Washington paid lip service to ‘peace’, it supported the Israeli war machine, military occupation and settlement construction with billions of dollars. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
The Book of Palestine: National Liberation vs Endless Negotiations
Washington’s complete adoption of Israel’s messianic, extremist policies regarding Occupied Palestine has been a long time in the making. And it is here to stay.
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To reshape society, we need a vision for a new world, a plan for how to get there, and a movement to make it happen. (Photo: Steve Rhodes, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Angus Satow
Only a Mass Movement Can Bring About a Green New Deal
Plans for a radical green transformation must be matched by a movement that is rooted in the lives of ordinary people
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From the start, Trump’s deal with the oligarchy has been simple: he’ll stoke tribalism so most Americans won’t see CEOs getting exorbitant pay while they’re slicing the pay of average workers. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
America’s Real Divide Isn’t Left vs. Right. It’s Democracy vs. Oligarchy
When oligarchs fill the coffers of political candidates, they neuter democracy
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The U.S. soccer team waged a battle not only on the field, writes Jesse Jackson, but in the court of public opinion. (Photo: Getty) Jesse Jackson
‘Equal Pay, Equal Pay, Equal Pay’
If there is justice, the U.S. women’s soccer team will be as victorious in their quest for equal pay as they were in their quest for the World Cup
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The U.S. sanctions are in violation of the UN Security Council resolution that endorsed the JCPOA.  (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin) Prabir Purkayastha
Trump’s Version of the Iran Accord: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
We are now back to a collision trajectory between the U.S. and Iran, which can only lead to another war in West Asia
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Nineteen years into a new century, with its forever wars on terror still ongoing across startlingly large stretches of the planet, the U.S. military is now turning as well to preparations for future wars with its so-called peer competitors (China and Russia). (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc) William Astore
The Riptide of American Militarism
Lessons from the natural world on Washington’s unnatural wars
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In the wake of September 11th, Biden stood as a leading Democratic voice on foreign policy, chairing the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Branko Marcetic
Joe Biden Didn’t Just Vote for the Iraq Invasion—He Helped Lead the March to War
Biden may run from it today, but he played a critical role in ensuring America’s involvement in the most disastrous foreign policy venture of the 21st century. Here’s how.
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“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.” (Photo: Screengrab/C-Span) Michael Arceneaux
AOC Wants to Change the World Through Action. Nancy Pelosi Wants to Do It Through Pithy Phrases
I’m bored with the folk tale of Nancy Pelosi in which she drives the aspiring tyrant Donald Trump mad by using ironic turns of phrases such as 'self-impeachment' while providing him more money to mistreat kids
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Monday, July 8, 2019
People gather together to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demanding the right to a union on May 23, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The nation wide protest at McDonald’s was held on the day of the company’s shareholder meeting. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
CBO Report Shows Broad Benefits From $15 Federal Minimum Wage
New analysis by the Congressional Budget Office finds that $15 in 2025 could raise the wages of 27.3 million low-wage workers and would increase the income of families who earn below three times the poverty rate by $21.9 billion
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At a minimum, U.S.-led conventional airpower killed over 5,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria in the first two years of MAGA foreign policy, according to the monitoring group Airwars. (Photo: U.S. Army photo by Sean Kimmons.) Charles Davis
Donald Trump’s Fake Isolationism
Trump, like George W. Bush before him, is an America-First unilateralist who has already killed thousands
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Thinking is also dangerous, primarily to those in positions of power.(Photo: Pixabay/B_me. Pixabay Licence) Jackie Smith, Joyce Dalsheim
Why Busy-ness Is So Damaging
Our economic and political order fuels a state of constant activity which harms both individual and community well-being
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U.S. foreign policy has become concentrated in the hands of the president, with considerably less input from the State Department, the National Security Council, and the intelligence agencies. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy
Don’t expect Trump to do a North Korean-style pivot in his relations with Iran
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This, my dear liberals, is your (feminist) champion. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mehdi Hasan
Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and It’s With Her Own Party’s Future
The New York Times interview is yet another reminder for liberals and leftists that if they want to oppose Trump, they have to oppose Pelosi too
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U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over as President Donald J. Trump participates in an Independence Day Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright
Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th
Last week's display was a chilling reminder of the horrific deaths caused by successive administrations' propensity for war
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers her speech during the demonstration 'Fridays for Future' in Piazza del Popolo, on April 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
OPEC Warns Climate Campaigners Are "Greatest Threat to Our Industry Going Forward."
OPEC will be made redundant by the coming renewable revolution and by our climate emergency.
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The Gettysburg park implicitly celebrates nationalism and elevates the warrior caste. (Photo: Mr. Fish/Truthdig) Chris Hedges
War, Memory and Gettysburg
Time has long since erased these gruesome sights and smells from the battlefield national park, along with the disorienting confusion, fear and deafening noise of combat
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Iranian men monitor the stock market at Tehran Stock Exchange on July 1, 2019. - Iran's stock market is thriving, despite US sanctions which have battered its economy and an uncertain future as geopolitical tensions soar in the Gulf. Its main index, TEDPIX, has steadily risen over the last 12 months, accelerating in the most recent quarter to hit a historic high of 248,577 last week—more than twice its level a year ago. (Photo: Atta Kenare /AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump’s Economic War on Iran: 88% Reduction in Oil Exports, 6% Shrinkage of Economy
The United States is already at war with Iran, squeezing its economy down to nothingness. If another country tried to do this to the US just on a whim and with no UN or international-law basis, the...
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Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris addresses the media about migrant children in front of a detention center in Homestead, Florida on June 28, 2019 (Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Corporate Team of Rivals: Harris Now in Top Tier with Biden to Prevent a Progressive Nominee
The odds are now very strong that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic presidential nominee. New polling averages say they account for almost 70 percent...
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Sunday, July 7, 2019
books Leonard Pitts Jr.
I Am Reading More Books by Women—Intentionally
Sexism isn't just about what you consciously do or believe. It is about the assumptions you make without realizing you've made them, the attitudes you hold without realizing you hold them
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A man walks through an impoverished area of Worcester, Massachusetts on March 20, 2018. Philip Alston
US Can't Ignore That Climate Crisis Will Force 120 Million People Into Poverty
Mainstream discussions of the global emergency, writes a top U.N. official, are remarkably out of touch with the scale of the crisis and the economic and social upheaval it will bring
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Climate campaigners Linda McQuaig
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Climate Package Is a Dangerous Fraud
His promise to direct pipeline profits to clean energy is like allowing cigarettes to be sold to kids as long as tobacco companies make generous donations to cancer research
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F/A-18F Super Hornet Benjamin Neimark, Oliver Belcher & Patrick Bigger
Why We Can't Ignore U.S. Military Emissions
The U.S. military's carbon footprint is bigger than 140 countries combined. To seriously address climate catastrophe, we must dismantle its vast infrastructure
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Former Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Dick Cheney shake hands Ernest A. Canning
"Civility" Should Not Be a Priority for a Democracy Under Threat
Biden is simply hiding behind "civility" to conceal the fact that, all too often, he shared portions of the same anti-democratic agendas embraced by vile segregationists, by his "Republican friends," and by his Wall Street donors
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A customer pays for a bag of cherry tomatoes with EBT tokens at a farmers market. Brian Wakamo
We Have the Money to Fix Our Food System
Imagine supporting farmers markets, child nutrition, and local agriculture with money we spend on factory farms
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LGBTQ Americans and allies Ria Tabacco Mar
Thousands of Voices Are Telling the Supreme Court: Don't Roll Back LGBTQ Rights
The message came in the form of friend-of-the-court briefs filed in a trio of cases involving workers who lost their jobs because of who they are
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Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Bob Burnett
What Does "Electability" Mean?
Depending upon the Democratic voter, being electable means that their candidate adopts a particular stance/attitude
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Saturday, July 6, 2019
video-letter screengrab Dr. Hakim Young and the Afghan Peace Volunteers
We're the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, And We Have Three Dreams
Our three dreams are about reuniting with nature and 7.7 billion other human beings
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President Donald J. Trump Juan Cole
If Trump's Steampunk History of Revolutionary War Airbases Isn't Grounds for Impeachment, What Is?
The president's comments came as part of his white-nationalist Fascist Fourth of July campaign rally
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Trump and Bolton Ben Armbruster
Media Falsely Portrays Iran's Nuclear Deal Breach as Dash to Bomb
It's reminiscent of how the mainstream U.S. media handled the Bush administration's march to war in Iraq
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The Xingu River Robin Chazdon
Experts Mapped Global Hotspots Where Restoring Tropical Rainforests Would Be Most Beneficial and Least Costly and Risky
They cover over 385,000 square miles, an area as large as Spain and Sweden combined
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flag wall Kiki Monifa
As a Lesbian of African Descent, I Am Not an American—Not Completely
I am not an American and will not be an American until people of color are no longer profiled for driving and shopping, and killed for simply being
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President Donald Trump speaks Maximillian Alvarez & William Lopez
Trump Wants to Transform Immigrant Communities Into a Permanent, Hyper-Exploited Underclass
The Trump administration has made it clear that the cornerstone of its immigration enforcement policy is highly visible and spectacular cruelty
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