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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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. (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Will Enough Americans Show Up to stop Trump From Using the Dictator's Playbook?
The question we will see answered over the next six months is whether Trump has taken America so far down the road to oligarchy and fascism that we can't recover.
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 Dr. Anthony Fauci (center) in the White House briefing room while President Donald Trump talks to reporters about the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year. (Photo: Alliance for Health Policy/Flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Leaders in Lebanon Resign Over 200 Tragic Deaths, But Trump Refuses Accountability for 163,505 Covid-19 Fatalities
Despite refusing one shred of responsibility, the U.S. president by his peculiar combination of narcissism, contrarianism, irrationality, and political guile, has polished off more Americans than died in the entire Vietnam War.
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It is known that interpersonal violence, particularly cases of domestic violence, increase in times of crisis with growing unemployment, rising numbers of sick people and scarcity of community resources. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) César Chelala
Domestic Violence in the Times of the Pandemic
The conditions of isolation foster not only physical but also psychological violence, which can be even more devastating for the victims.
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Monday, August 10, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 7, 2020 Chris Hedges
America’s Death March
Regardless of the outcome, the election will not stop the rise of hypernationalism, crisis cults and other signs of an empire's terminal decline.
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Members of National Nurses United, the largest nurses union in the United States, protest in front of the White House April 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
Within Healthcare USA, Risk and Reward Have Never Been More Out of Kilter
Nurses are losing lives and jobs while execs rake in million after million.
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Greenpeace activists delivered 500 solar panels with a total area of over 800 square meters to BP's London headquarters in St. James Square Feb. 5, 2020. Robin Tress
BP Plans to Keep It in the Ground, Sort Of
The climate justice movement has created conditions that make it harder for companies like BP to explore and extract fossil fuels.
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A procession of demonstrators marched in front of the statue of the Republic with trade union flags and banners calling for struggle on December 19, 2019, the fifteenth day of a national strike. (Photo: Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto/Getty Images) Juan Cole
How Did Americans Become Such Wimps?
Silence as Trump kills tens of thousands, destroys Social Security and post office, and plots election fraud.
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contract-tracing app Jay Stanley & Jon Callas
Tracking Apps Are Unlikely to Help Stop Covid-19
The debate over using apps for contact tracing or exposure warnings to help fight Covid-19 is largely a sideshow to the principal coronavirus health needs.
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Tom Engelhardt
It Could Have Been Different
My world and (unfortunately) welcome to It.
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Sunday, August 9, 2020
Tenant right advocates including Karissa Stotts organized a honking vehicle protest around the U.S. Bank building in Minneapolis on April 8, 2020. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images) Peggy Bailey
Trump Executive Orders Likely Won’t Help the Millions Struggling to Pay Rent
The United States facing serious rental housing problems that an executive order won’t solve.
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Robert Dodge, Vincint J. Intondi
Our Moral Awakening in the Long Shadow of the Bomb
The continued existence of nuclear weapons are effectively killing us every day even without their use.
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People observe a one minute silence during a remembrance service for Korean victims of the atomic bomb on the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, on August 9, 2020 in Nagasaki, Japan. In a ceremony that has been scaled back substantially because of Covid-19 coronavirus, Japan will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki by U.S forces in World War 2 killing between 35,000 to 40,000 instantly while many thousands more continued to die for months afterward H. Patricia Hynes
The Atomic Bomb Poets and the Military Realists 75 Years After Nagasaki
May the hibakusha and this generation guide us to global abolition of nuclear weapons.
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US President Donald Trump signs executive orders extending coronavirus economic relief, during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Greenstein
Trump COVID-19 Executive Actions Woefully Inadequate, Legally Dangerous
Under our constitutional system, the President and Congress together—not the President acting alone—have the power to appropriate funds and decide how to use them.
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Saturday, August 8, 2020
The newly-created Center for Health and Democracy, says founder Wendell Potter, is necessary because there "not nearly enough awareness of the problems associated with money in politics and why money in politics is a real barrier for this country to move forward on meaningful healthcare reform. We will be drawing attention to how big corporations and associations are spending enormous sums of money to influence campaigns and public policy, both legislation and regulations, and help explain why that is block Michael Winship
Covid-19 'Has Laid Bare' the Crisis of Healthcare in America
Wendell Potter's new group, the Center for Health and Democracy, investigates how money in politics stubbornly resists health insurance reform.
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Young people and their allies across the world took part in the largest global climate protests in history on September 20, 2019, demanding globale leaders act immediately and urgently to stop the climate crisis. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard
Will Climate Break Through in Big Media's Elections Coverage?
With fewer than 100 days remaining before Election Day, journalists at some of America's leading news organizations are working with their own newsrooms and others to make sure voters and the public at large understand what's at stake.
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Demonstrators rally outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump's Dangerous Lies About the Covid Economy
Lies about the economy are harder to spot than lies about the coronavirus because the virus's grim death count is painfully apparent while the economy is complicated. But Trump's economic lies are no less egregious.
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Medical staff, wearing protective gear, move a patient infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) from an ambulance to a hospital on March 09, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Rehearsals for Apocalypse: From the A-Bomb to Covid-19
This pandemic is a test of our medical emergency response system. Like the nuclear arms race, it's a rehearsal for apocalypse. It turns out we're even worse at it than we could have imagined.
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Friday, August 7, 2020
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on stage during the Democratic presidential debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
As Biden Mulls VP Pick, Pundits Vie for Most Substance-Free Forecast
Useful coverage would lay out each potential pick’s background and qualifications. While you certainly can find that if you look hard enough, many journalists seem quite content to avoid content.
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This combination of file photos shows Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. (Photo: DSK/AFP via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Ranking the Infinite Greed, Power and Controls of Giant Corporations
People have the right to know how CEOs and major corporations do on the "Hedonistic Index" of greed and power.
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"One of the increasingly popular survival mechanisms for struggling universities is to succumb to the eLearning market," write Tanjeem and Illuzzi. (Photo: iStock/Getty Images) Nafisa Tanjeem, Michael J. Illuzzi
How COVID-19 Is Normalizing an eLearning-Industrial-Complex in US Higher Education
We should think critically about whether the emergency response at a moment of crisis is being used to justify the questionable collaboration of neoliberal universities with a billion-dollar eLearning industry that prioritizes profit over learning.
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A young person's solemn face appears in front of the 2011 Hiroshima Lantern Festival marking the atomic bomb. (Photo: Richard Riley/flickr/cc) Robert Freeman
75 Years On: Reflections and Preflections on Hiroshima
We cannot change what happened, neither the heinous military nor the tragic moral stains that indelibly mark its occurrence. But we can transcend it, rise above it, by naming it, acknowledging it, repudiating it, and committing ourselves to a greater expression of the people and society we imagine...
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Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) enters a Senators Only elevator before attending the Weekly Senate Policy Luncheon on June 25, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Remind Me, What Was the Civil War About, Anyway?
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas delivers a coded message about slavery.
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"Federal policymakers need to act now to reinstate the $600 unemployment insurance benefits to the 30+ million workers who are desperately trying to make ends meet," writes Gould in response to Friday's latest job numbers. "And, those benefits are supporting a huge amount of spending, which means, with it, the loss of about five million jobs." (Photo: Getty Images) Elise Gould
As Economic Bounceback Deflates, Lawmakers Must Act Now to Reinstate the $600 Unemployment Boost
Job gains in the United States slowed considerably in July.
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Thursday, August 6, 2020
"Our message over the years has been simple and urgent: Nuclear weapons have totally failed us. They don’t make us safer; they don’t provide jobs; they don’t make us more secure—these are age-old lies. Instead they bankrupt us, economically and spiritually." (Photo: Courtesy of Rev. John Dear) Rev. John Dear
Life Under the Bomb Means a Life of Resistance
This 75th anniversary of Hiroshima should not just be an interesting historical marker; it should be a turning point, when the U.S. renounces its nuclear legacy, and charts a new course for itself and humanity.
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Supporters of Evo Morales demonstrate in Cochabamba, Bolivia in November of 2019. (Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Bryce Greene
As Bolivian Regime Delays Elections a Third Time, Media Continue to Ignore Coup
US media have a well-documented history of supporting right-wing coups and regimes around the world, and not much seems to be changing.
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Mourners carry the coffin of a child at the funeral procession for those killed in an airstrike on a bus carried out last week by a warplane of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on August 13, 2018 in Saada, Yemen. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
A Reversal in the Name of Human Survival
We must turn away from war, and the profit motives that drive so much of it, if we are to finally realize our dreams of peace and justice.
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Japanese people pray in front of the Cenotaph for the Bomb Victims before the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on the day of the 71th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan. Japan marks the 71th anniversary of the first atomic bomb that was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing an estimated number of 70,000 people instantly with many thousands more dying over the following years from the effect Robert Dodge
'Still Here': Honoring Hibakusha 75 Years After
As we hear the voices of the victims of the atrocities, it is time we take definitive action to continue their fight to once and for all abolish nuclear weapons.
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Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Robin Valenzuela
Dreamers' Children: Up to 200,000 American Kids Could be Left Parentless
In his continued attacks on DACA and TPS beneficiaries, Trump aims to create a dramatic influx of children into the child welfare system.
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Board of Election employees and volunteers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) assist voters at the Brooklyn Museum polling site for the New York Democratic presidential primary on June 23, 2020. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Election Theft and the Reluctant Democracy
Yes, voting is important (if you can), but claiming the right to vote and have your vote counted—and being able to vote for more than simply the lesser evil and the maintenance of the status quo—requires continual struggle in the face of lies and teargas.
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Health workers greet people as they arrive in cars at a mobile Covid-19 testing site at the Westside Community Center in the Goldsboro neighborhood of Sanford, Florida on April 23, 2020. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Patrick Cockburn
War and Pandemic Journalism
The Truth Can Disappear Fast.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Berston Field House in Flint, Michigan on March 9, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
A 2020 Imperative: Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time
To make a progressive future possible, beating Trump is absolutely necessary while very far from sufficient.
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The atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States on August 6, 1945. (Photo: Courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima) Gar Alperovitz, Martin Sherwin
Dropping Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Was Unnecessary
U.S. leaders knew we didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anyway.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves a press conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Jamil Dakwar
In Pompeo's New Hierarchy of Rights, Religion and Property, Not Humans, Are at the Top
Pompeo’s ideologically motivated initiative aims to quash equal protection of human rights and dignity, and we must reject it.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released ”Collateral Murder”: a video showing a July 12, 2007 US Apache attack helicopter attack upon individuals in a Baghdad suburb. Amongst the over twelve people killed by the 30mm cannon fire were two Reuters journalists. (Image: Wikileaks/'Collateral Murder' video/Screenshot) Nozomi Hayase
From Bombing of Hiroshima to Collateral Murder; War Crimes of Empire and Prosecution of Free Press
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the detonation of US nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August, 6. 1945) and Nagasaki (August, 9) during World War II. The death toll of the...
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In 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community rallied in support of Professor Stephen Salaita, who was terminated from his tenured faculty position for criticizing Israel on social media. (Photo: Jeffrey Putney/flickr/cc) Suzanne Nossel
The Censorship of 'Cancel Culture' May Ultimately Be Most Dangerous for Social Justice Champions
Calling on institutions to bar those with odious views on race and gender empowers them to also exclude those championing equality and progressive change.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted on Wednesday that he was on the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensy in July, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Beware Biblical Literalists Like Pompeo Seeking War With China
On America's unholy crusade against Beijing
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Representatives of the Empire of Japan stand aboard USS Missouri prior to signing of the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, 1945. (Photo: US National Archives/Army Signal Corps) Brett Wilkins
Nuclear War or Invasion: The False Dichotomy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Like other dark chapters in U.S. history, the official narrative of the decision to unleash the most destructive weapon humanity has ever known upon an utterly defeated people is deeply flawed.
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"For the bulk of this crisis, McConnell called the Senate back into session only to confirm more of Trump's extremist judges and advance a $740 billion defense spending bill," writes Reich. "Throughout it all, McConnell has insisted his priority is to shield businesses from Covid-related lawsuits by customers and employees who have contracted the virus." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
Mitch McConnell's GOP Is Destroying America
Time and again, Trump and the Republicans have shown that they only care about two things: their wealthy donors and corporate backers.
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Seventy-five years ago, newly in full awareness of its newfound ability to destroy the human race, what did the world do next? It starting mass producing these nuclear weapons of mass destruction. (Photo: Getty) Helen Caldicott
The Lessons We Still Haven't Learned From Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Seventy-five years after the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan, we remain perched on the precipice of unparalleled catastrophe.
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The scene of the explosion near the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Reckless Trump Nearly Provokes International Incident, Wrongly Saying Beirut Explosion a "Bomb"
What if Trump's remarks were taken seriously and some hothead fired retaliatory missiles at Israel?
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
"The pandemic may be seen as a not-so-subtle warning to humanity that we may be sacrificed, if necessary, to protect the health of the planet," writes Korten. "On the path to human extinction, the most vulnerable will go first, but there will be no human winners." (Illustration: Malte Mueller/Getty Images) David Korten
Earth Is Warning Us We Must Change. Will We Listen?
The Earth is strong, but also vulnerable. As Earth cares for us, we either care for it or bear the consequences of our recklessness.
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"Enforcing the right to vote should not be controversial," writes Jackson. "It should enjoy support across the political spectrum." (Photo: Common Cause) Jesse Jackson
The GOP Is Trying to Steal Away Our Right to Vote—Time to Fight Like Hell to Keep It
Donald Trump—aided and abetted by Republican senators and governors—has sought to discredit voting by mail, blocking funds for the U.S. Postal Service and the states to gear up for mass voting by mail, the sensible, safe way to vote in the midst of the pandemic.
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President Donald Trump, writes Conniff, "is so godawful, you would think more Republicans would be jumping ship already. But apart from Mitt Romney, Charlie Sykes, and a handful of other principled conservatives, GOP politicians appear to be willing to go all the way to the bottom with their epic failure of a president." (Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Ruth Conniff
The GOP Are Standing on Trump's Sinking Ship, But Democrats Need a Vision Beyond Electing Biden
What the Republican collapse fueled by the president means for the nation.
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Thom Hartmann
Trump's Big Lie About Covid-19 vs. Grieving Families and a Dying Democracy
The personal and political anger over the coronavirus dead is going to manifest itself even beyond the nation's obituary pages.
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"Our Masks for All legislation will instruct the Trump administration to utilize the Defense Production Act to produce and deliver three high-quality, reusable masks to every person in the country via the U.S. postal system," explains Sanders. "The masks would also be made available free at testing sites, post offices and pharmacies, as well as homeless shelters, jails, detention centers and other congregate-care settings." (Photo: Lucy Lambriex/iStock/via Getty Images) Bernie Sanders
The Science Is Clear: Our 'Masks for All' Plan Will Save Lives
The coronavirus pandemic is raging out of control under Trump's leadership, but there are common sense solutions we must urgently implement.
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Cmdr. R.J. Zamberlan, the commanding officer of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Kansas City (LCS 22), reads his orders during the ship’s commissioning ceremony on June 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Corona) Andrea Mazzarino
A Naval Officer's Spouse on Why the US Military Puts Empire Over Public Health
My husband, in other words, is now unnecessarily risking his own and his family’s exposure to a virus that has to date claimed more than 150,000 American lives—already more than eight times higher than the number of Americans who died in both the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the endless wars in Iraq...
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Monday, August 3, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Pool/Getty Images) Anita Desikan
150 Attacks on Science and Counting: Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Actions Hurt People and Communities Nationwide
Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out...
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The Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bull Run, Va. July 21st 1861, Currier and Ives. (Drawing: Library of Congress) Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson
Oligarchy and Democracy From the Civil War to the Present
Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of the South and the rule of the plantation oligarchs who embodied white supremacy. But the Northern victory was short lived — Southern ideals spread quickly to the West.
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"On the road to making a healthy diet accessible to everyone, the Dietary Guidelines will continue to be an invaluable tool for health professionals, federal nutrition program operators, and many families. But we are far from reaching our destination." Michelle D. Holmes
Black Lives Depend on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines
Don't water them down.
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 A man rides through as grocery store workers and others stage a protest rally outside the Whole Foods Market, in the South End of Boston, to demand personal protective equipment, added benefits if needed and hazard pay, during the coronavirus pandemic on Apr. 7, 2020. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
Brute Force Approach to Economic Reopening by GOP Benefits Reckless CEOs But Endangers Workers
A Republican proposal would give corporate CEOs a five-year get out of jail free card for jeopardizing the health and safety of their workers while threatening the overall economic recovery.
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President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the briefing room at the White House on April 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Karen Greenberg
Missing in Action: Accountability in Trump's America
All told, the U.S. president been a perfect model in deflecting all responsibility, even as the death toll soared over 150,000 with more than four million cases reported nationwide and no end in sight.
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A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
Comparing Poverty in India and America May Surprise You
Being poor is much more than the lack of money and possessions.
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) arrives at the Senate chamber as the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues at the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) John Buell
Republican Senators Commit Political Suicide by Holding Up Stimulus in Election Year
Republicans are always destructive and regressive, both aggressively anti-people and anti-planet, if not individually, then certainly as a party.
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"The sad truth is that 30 years after the supposed end of the Cold War," write Benjamin and Davies, " the U.S. military-industrial complex has failed to reimagine itself in anything but Cold War terms, and its 'New' Cold War is just a revival of the old Cold War that it spent the last three decades telling us it already won." (Image: CodePink) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
US Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the US, Not China
The U.S. must stop pursuing its counterproductive effort to undermine China, and instead work with all our neighbors on this small planet.
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Schoolchildren wearing protective mouth masks and face shields attend a course in a classroom at Claude Debussy college in Angers, western France, on May 18, 2020 after the country eased Covid-19 lockdown measures. (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images) Steven Singer
We're Talking About Human Life Here. Unsafely Reopening Schools Is No Solution at All
We need to make it possible for parents to stay home with their children. Now.
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Sunday, August 2, 2020
A recipient carries a box of food as others wait in line at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
Woe to You Who Legislate Evil and Rob the Poor of Their Rights
Our government's abandonment of the people is sin of the highest order.
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Alan MacLeod
Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment
It is the powerful, not the masses, who inordinately have the ability to "cancel" individuals for their actions, and that it is the left and those challenging power who consistently suffer the brunt of the consequences.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Trump and Taxpayer Relief Act
If an FBI building remains in its current location, Trump is assured that no competing hotel will be built there.
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Camillo Mac Bica
Futile Dialogue: What Would Socrates Do?
I am committed to remaining optimistic (at least somewhat), to looking for the best in people.
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Ted Glick
President Chaos
There may be an actual, thought-out method to his madness.
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Miles Mogulescu
Follow John Lewis: Don't Let Trump Provoke Violence
If we want to win, we can't let Trump provoke us into violence.
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Saturday, August 1, 2020
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) questions Attorney General William Barr who appears before the House Oversight Committee on July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. (Photo:  Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images) Michael Winship
It's Easy to Laugh at Louie Gohmert. But...
The Texas congressman's a dangerous fool, like the president he so admires.
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Ramzy Baroud
Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria
A testament to the resolve of Palestinian society.
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Ralph Nader
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Writes to Me!
What political ambition it takes to defend expensive Obamacare (that still left 30 million people uninsured and more than double that number underinsured), instead of bucking up to support full Medicare for All.
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Laura Flanders
Take On the Tech Mob Now or Perish
If we think inequality was bad before Covid-19, it's about to get a whole lot worse.
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The long-term systemic reason that working people are willing to accept jobs that cannot provide enough income to cover basic needs is because they are unable to organize and demand higher wages. Unionization is clearly tied to higher and more equal wages. (Photo: SEIU via Twitter) Adam Shah
The 1 Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy
If policymakers care about motivating people to work, they should focusing on raising the minimum wage and giving workers a voice in decisionmaking.
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Friday, July 31, 2020
President Donald Trump, right, looks over to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) James Zogby
Why Is the Democratic Party So Timid on Palestinian Rights?
We will continue to push Democrats to recognize reality and oppose Israel’s occupation.
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Just as Biden’s chances of winning the presidency would improve if he embraced Medicare for All, his prospects would also be enhanced by adopting popular positions that are especially important to racial minorities. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Why Bernie Sanders Delegates Should Keep Fighting
Polls in swing states show 12% of Sanders supporters do not plan to vote for Biden.
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Donald Trump will not be defeated without the votes of the progressive base, which now skews toward younger people of color and for which issues of social injustice are paramount. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) Karen Bernal, Christian T. Shaughnessy
The Case for Who Should Not Be Vice President: Joe Biden, Are You Listening?
We are calling for a VP candidate with a history of demonstrated fortitude in the face of entrenched power, not someone skilled at just-found-religion rhetoric.
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"I’m optimistic. Trump’s policies are not working. The U.S. will have to change, and the change will be for the best." (Photo: CC) Reese Erlich
Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran
This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of 'maximum pressure.'
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The research examined wind power for five countries in Europe and found that offshore wind is going to be so cheap that it will soon no longer need government subsidies to compete, and that significant savings could soon be potentially passed on to consumers. (Photo: arbyreed/Flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
We Have Entered the "End Game" for Oil—With "Permanent Demand Destruction"
What the industry denied for years, that its assets have become liabilities, has become a reality.
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Erica Fein
Why We Will Win the Fight to Cut the Pentagon Budget
Coupled with a possible shift to Democratic governance, major public support, and a fired up progressive movement, our moment to win is upon us.
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Herman Cain, who died this week from complications related to Covid-19, pictured at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June. (Credit: Herman Cain) Juan Cole
How Trump Broke America: A Story of Unparalleled Economic Pain and Human Death
Historic 33% economic crash, 1,500 Covid-19 deaths per day, and tens of millions out of work and on verge of losing their homes.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020
US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on donating plasma at the American Red Cross National Headquarters on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Weissman
Trump's Election Delay Threat Is a Coup in the Making
Trump's tweet was a shocking display of his authoritarian impulses and his very serious consideration of means to de-legitimize the November election in order to maintain his grip on power, no matter what.
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When looking at the possible death of democracy in the United States, for me the question is no longer, “Can it happen here?” The question is, “What are we going to do to about it?” (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Barbara Miner
Death of America's Democracy?
We should not fool ourselves: It could happen here.
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Extend unemployment benefits to help people survive the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Clock Is Ticking: 5 Key Demands for the New Coronavirus Bill
This bill is perhaps our only chance to get COVID-19 under control, Americans fed, and the economy back up and running.
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Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Friday, July 24, 2020, on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. (Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Alexander Reed Kelly
Here’s How We Remake the Economy
The Fed's crisis response exposes the faulty logic of moralizing, pro-austerity politicians and economists.
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Without healthy planetary lungs we will die. (Photo: Matt Zimmerman/flickr/cc) Stuart Basden
Our Lungs Are Under Attack—We Must Protect Them to Stay Alive
Indigenous peoples are calling for an immediate moratorium on extraction from the Amazon.
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So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide. (Photo: At the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. AP photo) John Lewis
Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.
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There are some 11,000 US Air Force personnel at al-Udeid, which has been a major launching point for missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (Photo: Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alex Brandon) Juan Cole
US Bases in Qatar, UAE Go on Alert as Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Mock-Up of US Aircraft Carrier
A real potential to spiral out of control into a hot war.
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U.S. border communities have long understood the cruel capacity and impunity of this rogue agency. (Photo: Dave Killen/The Oregonian/AP) Andrea Flores, Shaw Drake
Border Patrol Violently Assaults Civil Rights and Liberties
Ending Border Patrol’s long-standing abuses and impunity requires divestment, accountability, and removing the agency from U.S. communities.
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The idea of having billions of people come together for the collective good is what drives Holthaus’s theory of change. (Photo: Illustration by Fanatic Studio/Getty Images) Breanna Draxler
How to Bring About Catastrophic Success in the Face of Climate Change
By decolonizing the atmosphere and making climate reparations, Eric Holthaus shows just how hopeful the next 30 years could be.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Universal design includes disabled people as equal members of society and paves the way for a day when disabled people can be appreciated for their unique talents. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Happy 30th Birthday, ADA. What’s Next?
We need a system where people with disabilities are universally included by design—not “accommodation.”
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One should expect corporate media outlets like the Times to equate corporate interests with the US national interest. (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
Worries About Foreign 'Hacking' of Vaccine Research Place Corporate Profits Ahead of Public Health
By spinning the intellectual property of large US corporations as something that must be safeguarded rather than something that should be shared, US media are failing to inform their audiences about how corporations are delaying the development of a vaccine—and causing unnecessary deaths.
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The blue backpacks stand for each one of the children killed in the Saudi bombing attack on a school bus. They used a 500 pound bomb manufactured by Lockheed-Martin. Kathy Kelly
Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege
It’s time for the world to demand an end to the policy-driven humanitarian crisis.
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speak to each other during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on the government's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. COVID-19 has taken hold in the United States and national and local governments are rushing to contain the virus and finding a cure. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Alex Lawson
Operation Eternal Vengeance: We Pledge to Defeat Any Politician Who Uses Covid-19 to Attack Social Security
We will defeat every attack on our Social Security, every single time. But special emphasis will be given to any lawmaker who attempts to do so under the cover of this deadly pandemic.
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A crowd of about 1,500 protesters gather at the Multnomah County Justice center for a Black Lives Matter march on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Monday night marked 54 days of protests in the city. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Michael Winship
"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Picks on Portland to Pick Up Votes
Trump's quest for scenes of urban chaos may not be over, but for now, it could be ending with a whimper not a flashbang.
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MacKenzie Scott, formerly married to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (pictured left), attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) Chuck Collins
The Perils and Possibilities of Billionaire Charitable Giving: MacKenzie Scott (Bezos) Makes Her First Move
Philanthropy is at risk of becoming another extension of the private power of plutocrats, alongside monopoly ownership and media domination.
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A country of renters would present a contradiction for the image of autonomy that the home improvement industry pedals. (Photo: Shutterstock) Matt Brenn
Home Improvement Can’t Fix America’s Pandemic Problem
Single-family rentals now comprise the fastest-growing segment of America’s housing market, suggesting that the great housing crisis of 2008 never really ended, but has rather just shifted its terrain of struggle.
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Americans increasingly mistrust their institutions because growing numbers of us believe that we derive ever fewer benefits from them. (Photo: AP Photo / Matt Rourke) John Feffer
How Covid–19 Could Upend Geopolitics
This changes everything (or nothing).
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A federal officer tells the crowd to move while dispersing a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Ben Clements
To Stop Trump’s Military Police State, the House Needs to Withhold Funding From Trump’s Department of Homeland Security
Trump's use of federal agencies to turn our country into a police state is not only unconstitutional. It is straight out of the playbook of the fascist leaders he admires and emulates, and it poses an existential threat to our democracy.
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Donald Trump doesn’t give a fig for working-class Americans. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Corporate Con Man: Trump's Tyrannical Attack on Workers
Trump perpetuates the rigged-for-the-rich system that’s shafting working Americans at every turn.
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With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Gaurav Laroia, Carmen Scurato
Facebook's Unchecked Power Endangers Civil Rights
If Mark Zuckerberg truly believes in giving everyone a voice, the company must integrate a power, race, and social analysis into its policies and their enforcement.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Afghan villagers sit on the back of a vehicle carrying dead bodies to a hospital following an airstrike, in Lashkar Gah the capital of Helmand province on September 23, 2019. Afghanistan is investigating reports that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in the airstrike during a wedding celebration in southern Helmand province, officials said on September 23. (Photo: Noor Mohammad/AFP/Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of the US Condemning an Afghan Air Strike
No matter the administration in Washginton, impunity and lack of accountability have been constants in the so-called War on Terror.
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It doesn’t raise SNAP benefit levels even though 26 million adults reported that their households, which include millions of children, often or sometimes didn’t have enough to eat in the last seven days, according to Census data from early July. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Robert Greenstein
Counting the Many Ways the GOP Senate Covid-19 Relief Plan Would Fail Struggling Families and the Economy
The Senate Republican proposal fails to come close to meeting the scale and nature of the challenges we face.
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Cutting drug prices presents a bigger challenge than cutting out drug advertising, but the rewards would be huge. (Photo: Chris Potter/flickr/cc) Dean Baker, Gerald Scorse
The Insanity of Prescription Drug Prices in America
Solution: slash the prices and kill the ads.
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Congressional leaders should reject it and immediately act to pass a package that will actually provide relief to the economy and the people and families who comprise it. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Thea M. Lee
The GOP's Disgraceful HEALS Act Will Cost Millions of Jobs and Protect Bad Employers While Failing to Help People
This bill will lead to deep and prolonged pain.
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Protesters, medical professionals, and political opponents take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in the Haitian capital in Port-au-Prince on October 30, 2019. (Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP/Getty Images) Yves Engler
The US Occupation of Haiti
The only reason the corrupt, repressive and illegitimate Jovenel Moïse is currently president of Haiti is due to US (and Canadian) support.
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A shaman (R) puts a broth of "Ayahuasca" into a cup. The brew, which is prepared from the liana Banisteriopsis caapi, is used for medical or religious purposes in the Peruvian Shipibo ethnic group and in various Amazonian ethnic groups. (Photo: Ana Karina Delgado/picture alliance via Getty Images) Sophia Rokhlin
Without Reciprocity, Ayahuasca Consumption Is Extractive
As COVID-19 devastates Amazonian communities, spiritual tourists are abandoning the cultures holding the sacred traditions of Ayahuasca.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Not the 'Heals Act' But the 'Heels Act': GOP Covid-19 Plan Puts Corporate Greed Before Human Need
What if we ignored corporations and their billionaire CEOs and owners altogether, gave them nothing, and instead directed all our efforts to providing unemployment and other benefits to individual human beings?
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