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Monday, December 2, 2019
Ramirez, who is married with three children, spent Thanksgiving in ICE custody. The following day he was deported to his native Honduras. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Michael Felsen
Deporting Workers Makes America Less Safe
We need workers to speak out about potentially unsafe and unlawful conditions at work, without fear of deportation.
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Of all the activities planned around the WTO, the People's Assembly served as the sharpest counterpoint to the WTO, exposing it to be no less than an instrument of US imperialism. (Photo: Oakley Myers) Ace Saturay
WTO Shutdown: 'Victory Belongs to the People'
"I salute all the activists who continue to intensify our resistance against monopoly capitalism."
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The reason that Netanyahu is still in power after all the setbacks and outright failures is the fact that his rivals are yet to mobilize the necessary votes and public support to oust him for good. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
The Unfinished ‘Coup’: The End of Netanyahu’s Era and the Political Earthquake Ahead
While it remains true that a fundamental change in Israel’s political system will neither deliver peace and justice to Palestinians—or stability to the region—it could potentially constitute the equivalent of a political earthquake within Israel itself, the consequences of which are yet to be seen.
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The leaked documents suggest that there could be no limitations on the export of data, potentially applying even in sensitive areas such as health data. (Photo: Yuri Samoilov/Flickr, CC 2.0) Laura Bannister, Ruth Bergan
Threat to Our Digital Rights Revealed in US-UK Trade Talks Leak
Leaked records of US-UK trade negotiations suggest the US is targeting our digital rights—and the UK seems alarmingly willing to play ball.
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 Our anti-capitalist struggle is also a decolonial, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist struggle. Coalition of Climate Justice Movements
COP25, Social Movements and Climate Justice
A declaration on climate crisis, energy transition and extractivism in Latin America.
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The two of them have degraded and corrupted American democracy. We need them both out. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Who Is Worse: Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell?
Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.
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These sorts of dramatic protests seem to me the writing on the wall. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Turning Point in Climate Activism? Germans Block Coal Mines With Their Bodies
As the horrific effects of carbon pollution become more and more apparent in fire and flood, drought and pestilence, the general public will mobilize to pressure governments and offset the energy lobbies that now often have a lock on policy decisions.
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Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The New 'Black Codes'
The elites are acutely aware that without police terror and the U.S. prison system, which holds 25% of the world’s prison population, there would be intense social unrest.
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Antio-NATO protesters in Newport, Wales in 2014. (Photo: Andy Davies/@adavies4) Medea Benjamin
Trump Was Right Before He Was Wrong: NATO Should Be Obsolete
In an age where people around the world want to avoid war and to focus instead on the climate chaos that threatens future life on earth, NATO is an anachronism.
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"For a select few, war pays dividends in ways that peace doesn't," writes Astore. "In a nutshell, or perhaps an artillery shell, war is anti-democratic, anti-progressive, anti-intellectual, and anti-human." (Photo: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images) William Astore
American Exceptionalism Is Killing Planet Earth
On the many abuses of executing endless war on a finite planet
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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) Norman Solomon
Corporate Media's Mantra Is 'Anyone But Sanders or Warren'
The mainline media are generally quite warm toward so-called "moderates," without bothering to question what's so moderate about such positions as bowing to corporate plunder, backing rampant militarism and refusing to seriously confront the climate emergency.
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Sunday, December 1, 2019
SESTA-FOSTA protest LaLa B. Holston-Zannell
Reducing HIV Transmission Requires Decriminalizing Sex Work
This World AIDS Day we are fighting to end the criminalization of trans bodies and those living with HIV.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) John Atcheson
Why We Need a Green New Deal and Half Measures Won't Work
It's too late to rely on the market to solve the crisis we've put ourselves in. No politically acceptable tax or fee will foster the magnitude of change we need, in the time we need it.
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Julie Hollar
We're Still Waiting for 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions
Across all the debates thus far, questions on the climate crisis have accounted for 7% of all questions.
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 Pro-democracy protesters hand out leaflets at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport Michelle Bachelet
Hong Kong's Leaders Have Only One Way Out of the Protest Crisis
It is now time to listen directly to people from all walks of life, to work together with sincere resolve to address their concerns and grievances.
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President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Kate Oh
It's Past Time Congress Reined in the President's Emergency Powers
The ARTICLE ONE Act, as recently amended by a Senate committee, would give the National Emergencies Act a crucial update.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Juan Cole
Back to Jim Crow Under Trump: 'Lynch Her' Is Republicans' Big Idea to Deal With Rep. Ilhan Omar
The Twitter account of Danielle Stella, the Republican challenger to Omar, has been shut down.
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child in wildfire mask David Suzuki
Failure to Address Climate Crisis Puts Children at Risk
We need to kick our fossil fuel addiction now, for our sake and the children's.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Elizabeth C. Tippett
2020 Race Shows the More Women Run, the More They're Treated Like Candidates—Not 'Tokens'
It seems possible that this time might be different. Not because sexism has left the building, but because the critical mass of women candidates may have changed the dynamic.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019
koalas Eric Margolis
Show Mercy for Animals
It's time for us to set the animals free and accord them their natural rights.
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A protester at a union rally against government budget cuts in New York. Sarah Anderson
A Corporate Tax Even Republicans Should Love
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other congressional progressives want to tax companies that overpay their CEOs. Most Republicans would go even further.
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Tribal Stewards Jacqueline Keeler
Preparing Native Youth to Steward Ancestral Lands
The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.
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Protesters Juan Cole
Iraqi Crowds Erupt in Joyous Celebrations as PM, Elected Under Bush Constitution, Offers to Resign
Demonstrators have been demanding an end to corruption and the provision of services.
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Reese Erlich
What's Next for Bolivia After Military Coup?
"Morales was the glue that held everything together."
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WTO protest Chris Borte & Julia Steele Allen
WTO Shutdown: This Is What Democracy Looked Like
Democracy must be more than one meeting, more than a process, more than a day of action or a tactic. It must include deep deliberation, a commitment to intersectional justice, creative and compassionate shared leadership and governance.
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Friday, November 29, 2019
"It is imperative to remember, not just to celebrate but to understand what to do next. The victory is not the end of the story." (Photo: Dana Shurholz) Stephanie Guilloud
WTO Shutdown: What Now and What Next
Imagining our collective futures 20 years after Seattle and 20 years from today
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Deforestation in the name of development. (Photo: crustmania, CC by 2.0) Julia Schöneberg
Development: A Failed Project
It’s time to abandon development and think about postdevelopment instead.
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 Make your case for impeachment directly to the people rather than to a corrupted Congress. (Photo: Thinkstock) William Cohn
The House Is Not a Home: A Common Sense Impeachment Proposition
Don’t vote in the House of Representatives, but rather ask the people of the country to vote their verdict on November 3, 2020.
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The history of Iraq since 2003 has been a never-ending disaster for its people. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Nicolas J S Davies
Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of "Made in the USA" Corruption
Many of this new generation of Iraqis who have grown up amid the ruins and chaos the U.S. occupation left in its wake believe they have nothing to lose but their blood and their lives, as they take to the streets to reclaim their dignity, their future and their country's sovereignty.
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I'm glad that we were chanting "This is what democracy looks like" as they took as into custody for our non-violent protests. (Photo: Oakley Myers) Nancy Haque
WTO Shutdown: I Was Jane Doe #520
The baptism by tear gas for my generation of activists has made us warriors—and, judging from my experience, loving warriors.
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Collective action works; we have proved that. But to change everything, we need everyone. Each and every one of us must participate in the climate resistance movement. We cannot just say we care; we must show it. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer
Why We Strike Again
After more than a year of grim scientific projections and growing activism, world leaders, and the public alike are increasingly recognizing the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. And yet nothing has been done.
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Bill Blum
Now Is Not the Time for Democrats to Waver
No matter what happens in the Senate, the Trump impeachment should and must move forward.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019
In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 photo, a school bus rolls past the razor wire-covered fence at East International and Nelson Streets in downtown Nogales, Ariz. (Photo: Jonathan Clark/Nogales International via AP) Tara Tabassi, Mariam Iskajyan
On This Day of Thanks and Mourning, a Call to Demilitarize the US Border
Deploying troops to the border is inhumane and potentially illegal. We are fighting back.
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For an equal supply of protein, beef produces 20-25 times as much greenhouse gas emissions on average as beans, and about 12 times as much as tofu. (Photo: Neil H/flickr/cc) Kumar Venkat
Eating Well Without Destroying the Climate
After years of studying the climate impacts of foods, I can’t think of anything more impactful than our choice of proteins, followed by waste reduction.
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Demonstrators carry signs on Black Friday in Seattle in 2010. Yue "Stella" Yu
Retail Giants Gear Up for Black Friday—And Political Giving
The companies are still demonstrating substantial influence in the political realm.
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Jim Hightower
Eating Is Profoundly Political. Which Food Future Will You Choose?
Wherever it began, and whatever the purists claim is "official," Thanksgiving today is as multicultural as America. So let's enjoy!
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A study published in December 2018 found that the Israeli point of view dominated the U.S. mainstream media. (Image: khaleelq8/via The Progressive) Megan Giovannetti
How the International Media Greenlights Israeli Aggression Toward Palestine
"How terrifying is it that when someone points out the violations that Israel commits, they risk their job like Marc Lamont Hill?"
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Maggie Mills
I Have Multiple Sclerosis. Here's Why I Am Fighting for Medicare for All
I may not have access to the healthcare I need to sustain my health or my life. Think about that. This is an untenable amount of stress for any person to live under.
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DNC chairman Tom Perez speaks to a crowd at a Democratic National Committee event at Flourish in Atlanta on June 6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Dear DNC, What Happened to All Those 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions?
It's not just climate activists that want to hear the environment discussed in the debates—it's the public. And both the media and the party establishment are failing them.
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Members of the activist group Remove Trump unfurled a 600 sq ft banner with the impeachment clause from the U.S. Constitution as they marched on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower reciting Article II Section IV of the U.S. Constitution: "High Crimes and Misdemeanors". (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Trump's Climate Recklessness Is Grounds for Impeachment
Despite the clear warning signs the worse is yet to come, Trump is shredding regulatory standards designed by law to curb the emission. His monarchical tyranny is of the kind that the nation's founders feared most.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
We must lay to rest the notion that Bernie Sanders can’t win, as the truth is he very well may be the best hope. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) James Haslam
Bernie Sanders Is the Movement Candidate We Need
It is time we acknowledge the political realities before us, and align on the candidate who will not only win, but build the kind of multicultural, multiracial and working class movement that will enable the next President to take on corporate power and deliver justice for all.
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Mark Dudzic
If Medicare for All 'Too Risky,' How Would NYT Have Reported Push for Social Security, Abolition, or the Overthrow of King George III?
If this is how they cover the effort to secure health care as a human right, I began to wonder how the Times editorial staff cover other momentous changes in American history.
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They make a mockery of Boris Johnson’s manifesto pledge to protect British public services and standards—that would be absolutely impossible under the type of trade deal being discussed here. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Nick Dearden
Leaked US Trade Talks Show How Trump Is Dictating Johnson's Approach to a Hard Brexit
Far from taking back control, Britain has clearly entered into a relationship where we hold none of the cards.
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John Feffer
Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?
The Democrats’ impeachment strategy might backfire at the polls, but so might Trump’s polarization strategy.
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 Bloomberg is currently sitting on a personal fortune worth $52 billion. He could easily afford to invest $6.3 billion in a presidential campaign—or even less on a primary. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
For Billionaire Bloomberg, Trying to Buy the Presidency Is Just a Sound Investment
America’s wealthiest billionaires buy a national election at $100 a vote—and still make money.
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How can our society thrive if we condemn the best of the next generation to a life burdened by debt? (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
If Democrats Don’t Go Bold With Social Reform Right Now, Then When?
We can afford these things. With inequality reaching new extremes, and corporations and the wealthy rigging the tax code to their benefit, we can pay for them without raising taxes on middle- and low-income Americans.
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The fundamental demand of protesters in Seattle was a moratorium to WTO negotiations. (Photo: 1999 Dang Ngo/ZUMA Press) John E. Peck
WTO Shutdown: How the Food Sovereignty Movement Helped Bring Down the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Twenty years on, the "Spirit of Seattle" continues to inform and inspire many activists today, and clearly points the way to another world being possible.
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Despite running for president and energizing the nation just a decade ago as a center-left candidate with a message of hope and change, Obama seems to think America does not need systemic change, and Democrats should not rock the boat or make any sudden moves. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images) David A. Love
Why Obama Is Just Plain Wrong About Democrats Moving 'Too Far Left'
The former president is mistaken if he believes that in appealing to the electorate, Democrats must tamp down their message and advocate for tweaks in the system rather than systemic reform.
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Photo: Daily Beast photo illustration (11/13/19) of Raul Castro, Evo Morales, Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega. Joshua Cho
Media Wonder: Why Can’t Venezuela Be More Like Bolivia?
FAIR has documented how corporate media consistently criticize the success of left-wing political agendas pursued abroad in countries like Venezuela and Bolivia—in defiance of US imperialism—because they are afraid of the threat of a good example.
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Making sure girls receive equal access to education and professional opportunities will unleash the untapped creativity that could produce needed breakthroughs. (Photo: Greenpeace) Jimmy Carter, Karin D. Ryan
How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis
We cannot solve this complex problem as long as women and girls, half of the world’s population, have unequal access to education and decision-making bodies at all levels and are largely excluded from local, national, and global efforts to respond to this challenge.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Americans have also paid dearly for these wars: $6.4 trillion, plus significant losses of life and limb. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
End the Wars, Win the Antiwar Vote
Hard data shows ending our wars would be smart politics—and the first step toward repairing a moral calamity.
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It holds that Obama promised “Hope and Change” but instead delivered boilerplate centrism that produced a disillusioned working-class, paving the way for a right-wing populist resurgence. (Photo: Kent Kanouse/flickr/cc) Leland Nally
Obama Is Wrong to Push Democratic Party Centrism
Obama’s recent comments highlight an important division in the Democratic Party, one that’s prompted the recent emergence of two new candidates: Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts and personal friend of Obama, and Michael Bloomberg.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Ady Barkan, Bonnie Castillo
Medicare for All Will Take a Movement, Not a Politician
Two prominent single-payer activists—one who backs Elizabeth Warren and another who back Bernie Sanders—explain why winning Medicare for All us going to be one epic battle.
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The shambling body of that president of ours—thanks to a set of media decisions about what truly draws eyeballs on this planet—simply blocks out much of the rest of the world, everything but HIM and anything or anyone faintly relevant to or associated with or ready to attack him and his strange imperial solar system. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)  Tom Engelhardt
Which Witch Are We Witch Hunting?
What does the Trump phenomenon really represent? And far more important, what lurks behind all the attention paid to him (other, of course, than a climate-changed planet)?
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In a world where it’s fun to hate billionaires, a money-maker who gives to nice causes, hates guns and supports environmentalism is the person who can give capitalism a good name again. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Ari Paul
Bloomberg Scandals Don't Bother the Billionaire's Punditry Class Cheerleaders
If the media are going to celebrate Bloomberg’s achievements as a private and public executive, they need to address his baggage in those roles as well.
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Despite the severe repression, on October 25, 2019, 1.2 million people marched in Santiago, representing diverse sectors of Chilean society including social movements, Indigenous people, women, retired people, unions, students and more. (Photo:  Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images) Alison Bodine
Chile Despertó! Chile Has Woken Up! The Rising Fight Against Neo-Liberalism in Chile
Today in Chile the working class and oppressed people are under brutal attack, economically, politically and socially, by the Sebastian Piñera government and imperialist exploitation.
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The capitalists and our corrupt governments are largely to blame for this destruction and the extinctions. (Photo: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Simon Whalley
The Choice Is Ours: Extinction or Rebellion?
Due to capitalism’s rapaciousness, our species is hurtling towards ecocide at a frightening pace.
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 It was an actual political victory, and those don’t happen very often. (Photo: Dana Shurholz) Jim Page
WTO Shutdown: "Shut It Down. Didn't We. Don’t Let Them Tell You That It Can’t Be Done."
People say, "Why do you sing political songs?" And I say that’s the wrong question. The correct question is, "Why don’t you sing political songs?"
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Monday, November 25, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduce public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Naomi Klein, Sivan Kartha
The Realism of Bernie Sanders' Climate Policy
Sanders believes that as our economy rapidly shifts to renewable energy, power companies should be publicly owned and controlled, and the biggest polluters should help underwrite the costs.
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A select few tech companies dominate the entire globe, and their CEOs are among the richest men the world has ever known. Many of their enterprises are virtual, allowing them to elude responsibility for everything from taxes to workplace conditions. (Photo: Monsitj/iStock via Getty Images). Bama Athreya
Twenty Years After Seattle, Is There a New Race to the Bottom?
Technology will continue to transform industries, but it's actually weak labor protections eroding the quality of work.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attends a news conference to introduce legislation to transform public housing as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. The liberal legislators invited affordable housing advocates and climate change activists to join them for the announcement. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Rupert Read, Frank Scavelli
Sanders' Green New Deal: A Realistic Response to the Emergency That Will Define Our Lifetimes
Contrary to what the New York Times recently suggested, Bernie's plan is the only one put forward by a major candidate that represents a level of ambition that matches the scale of the unprecedented crisis in which humanity now finds itself deeply entangled.
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The bottom line is that, to be sure, Netanyahu is a criminal. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) James Zogby
Netanyahu's Real Crimes
In today's Israel Netanyahu can't be found guilty of his most serious crimes—treason, incitement, destroying peace, hate crimes, and war crimes. Instead, he will be asked only to answer for his narcissistic appetites and corruption.
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WTO Corporate and Government delegate blockaded by protesters as the first day of the WTO meeting was shut down on November 30, 1999. (Photo: (C) 1999 Dang Ngo_ZUMA Press) Chris Dixon
WTO Shutdown: Remembering for the Future: Learning from the 1999 Seattle Shutdown
Who could have guessed that this was going to happen? Even those of us who had spent months planning to "shut it down" were stunned when our rhetoric became reality.
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In 2012, for the first time in our history, American service members began to die by suicide at higher rates than civilians. Today, they are more likely to take their own lives than to perish in combat. (Photo: Balazs Gardi/flickr/cc) Andrea Mazzarino
Bearing Witness to the Costs of War
On being a military spouse and writing about our post-9/11 wars.
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"The most serious constitutional violations are the ones that are institutional usurpations." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
The End of the Rule of Law: The 12 Impeachable Offenses Committed By Trump
"If we take a narrow approach to impeachment, that will mean that all the more egregious violations will be viewed as having been endorsed and not rebuked and successive presidents will feel they have a green light to emulate Trump on everything except a Ukrainian shakedown."
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US citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) director for Israel and the Palestinian territories speaks to the press in Jerusalem on November 25, 2019. (Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
In Expelling Human Rights Watch Director, Israel Joins Burundi, Uzbekistan and Other Authoritarian States
It is the slow ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and the settling on their property of Israeli squatters that Tel Aviv did not want Human Rights Watch to observe.
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House progressives could have voted together last week to separate reauthorization of the Patriot Act from a key spending bill, but they didn't. (Photo: Dan Cook/flickr/cc/with overlay) Norman Solomon
When Progressives in Congress Let Us Down, We Should Push Back
Rolling back key aspects of the military-industrial-surveillance complex cannot be accomplished without putting up a huge fight.
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The research findings contained in new report are based on 138 responses to a 30 minute survey and over 40 in-depth interviews conducted between 2018 and 2019 with people in 23 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. (Image: Fight Inequality Alliance) Jenny Ricks
Inequality Is Rising, But So Is the Global Movement Fighting Back
Despite the often-bleak picture we find ourselves in, the energy and dynamism of the movement that the report reveals is inspiring and cause for hope.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Jim Hightower
How Trump's Poverty Subsidy Enriches the Rich
This is how corporate and political elites conspire to rig the system, blatantly ripping off money meant to help poor people to make the rich richer.
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"It is time for the world to listen to the Palestinians who have been saying from day one that the State of Israel is an apartheid one, bent on keeping indigenous Palestinians permanently contained and oppressed," writes Hawari. Yara Hawari
It Is Time to Stop Lecturing Palestinians and to Start Listening
Palestinians were not shocked by the reversal of U.S. policy on Israeli settlements and they know worse is yet to come.
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Joshua Cho
After Al-Baghdadi's Death, Media Failed to Ask Where 'War on Terror' Is Going
The circumscribed coverage of al-Baghdadi's death represented yet another artful evasion of any critical discussion of imperial foreign policy.
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Fran Quigley
How to Win the Holiday Healthcare Debate With Your Conservative Relatives
Like 99% of Americans, Uncle Joe would benefit from the change if he only knew the truth.
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Michael Winship
Donald Trump and His Insane Clown Posse
The GOP thinks its Ukraine fantasies are one more rung up the fool's gold ladder of chaos.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Julie Hollar
False Equivalence in the Age of Trump
As the election nears, genuine truth-telling—as opposed to disingenuous false equivalence—is more urgent than ever, but it's just as unlikely as ever that corporate media will be up to the challenge.
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Raed Jarrar
What Do Iraqi Protesters Want?
The protests were initially sparked by everyday frustrations: widespread unemployment, lack of access to public services, and rampant government corruption.
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Robert Reich
The Myth of Voter Fraud—And the Truth About What's Threatening Our Elections
The next time you hear Trump and his enablers claim widespread voter fraud, know the truth. Their lies are intended to make it harder for millions of Americans to vote, while they ignore the real threats to our democracy.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Tale of the Whistleblower
Why is it so important for people like Jim Jordan to be able to talk to the whistleblower to discover what happened?
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Juan Cole
What Does Fraud and Bribery Trial of Israeli PM Netanyahu Tell Us About Trump Impeachment?
Both came to power in part through the backing of billionaires and their fake news organs. Both men are being investigated for corruption. Both have decried the investigations into their criminal activities as "a coup."
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Friday, November 22, 2019
Danny Sjursen
Trump's War Crime Pardons Will Forever Be a Stain on the United States
So the U.S. has held thousands of "terror" suspects in various prisons across the Mideast, some for decades in Guantanamo Bay, often without trial, they'll ask, but accused American war criminals get a free pass without even facing charges?
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Grady and the six others—the Kings Bay Plowshares 7—pleaded with the jury to look to their conscience. The activists were following the biblical edict to turn swords into plowshares, after all. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) Sam Husseini
Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons?
"US government is using nuclear weapons daily as a gun pointed at the head of the planet."
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MSNBC’s anti-Bernie Sanders bias was on full display in Wednesday’s Democratic debate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Branko Marcetic
Want More Proof of Corporate Media’s Anti-Bernie Bias? Look at MSNBC’s Democratic Debate
During the debate and in the spin room, Sanders was treated more like an outsider than a front runner. It’s part of a broader anti-Bernie slant in the "liberal" network’s coverage.
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California on June 1, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Miles Mogulescu
Is Pete Buttigieg Just a Shill for Corporations and the Donor Class?
Why has Buttigieg flipped from being a putative progressive to being perhaps the most conservative, pro-corporate Democrat remaining in the field? A good place to start would be to follow the money.
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The Trump administration has little respect for the integrity of words, no respect for educating the public with the facts, and every intention of clouding the space between fact and fiction, certainty and uncertainty. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Karen Greenberg
The War on Words in Donald Trump’s White House: How to Fudge, Obfuscate, and Lie Our Way Into a New Universe
The strategies employed in Washington to confuse and mislead the public have subtly eaten away at the country’s collective mindset, creating fertile ground for Trumpian-style lying to successfully take root.
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"AARP reportedly receives a commission of 4.95% for new enrollees on top of the premiums the elderly pay for the Medigap policy from United Healthcare," writes Nader. "This money—about seven hundred million dollars a year—is a significant portion of AARP’s overall budget." (Illustration: AARP advertisement with overlay) Ralph Nader
Wake Up AARP! A Message to Seniors: Medicare "Disadvantage" Is a Corporate Trap
Medical Dis advantage would be a more accurate name for the quasi-private programs referred to as Medicare Advantage, as insurance companies push to corporatize all of Medicare, yet keep the name for the purposes of marketing, deception, and confusion.
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Trump has violated numerous campaign finance laws, including orchestrating hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush payments to individuals to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Karen Hobert Flynn
Congress Has No Other Option Than to Impeach and Remove the President From Office
This is a time for members of Congress to rise up, put country over party, and act in accordance with our American values and the oath they take.
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Barkan, located in the occupied West Bank, is an Israeli residential settlement and industrial zone that houses around 120 factories that export around 80 percent of their goods abroad. In the background is the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan. (Photo: David Silverman/HRW) Stephen Zunes
Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is Rooted in Bipartisan Support
Three previous U.S. administrations all ignored the gross power asymmetry between the Palestinians under occupation and the Israeli occupiers—an imbalance compounded by the fact that as the chief mediator in negotiations, the U.S. is also the primary military, economic, and diplomatic supporter of...
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Bolivian riot police breaks up a massive funeral procession that turned into an anti-government demonstration in La Paz on November 21, 2019. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
"They're Killing Us Like Dogs"—A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
Writing this dispatch from Bolivia, the conflict here is spiraling out of control and I fear it will only get worse.
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 Relatives of Antonio Ronaldo Quispe Ticona lead the procession of the victims killed during clashes with police at the Senkata fuel plant, on November 21, 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. Police and military forces on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant of YPFB in Senkata that had been blockaded for five days by Evo Morales' backers and at least eight people were reported killed during the operation. (Photo: Gaston Brito Miserocchi/Getty Images) Beverly Longid
Stand With the Bolivian People for Self-Determination
The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation calls for the immediate stop of killings, threats, racism and barbaric violence against our Bolivian brothers and sisters.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trump’s language, his choice of senior officials in his administration, and his popularity among white nationalists show that he holds racist views. Jill Richardson
Explaining Trump’s Racism
Racism means a lot more than using slurs or feeling hatred. Yet even in these narrow terms, Trump fits the bill.
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Omar understands that punishment perpetuates crime; that healing, repairing harm and creating peace are not simplistic matters to be dumped into the trash bin of the prison-industrial complex. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future
The freshman Congresswoman represents the intelligence of tomorrow, pushing at the status quo centrism at the American political core.
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Fortunately, leading a progressive rebellion against the oligarchy is not only the moral thing to do; it’s smart politics, too. (Photo: Getty) John Atcheson
Sorry, President Obama—But We Do Need To Tear Down The System
When neoliberals and centrists defend "the system" or warn against upending it, they’re more likely expressing concerns about their losing their personal power base than they are about the Party winning elections.
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"What came as a huge shock following my recent birthday was not the financial relief—though that is lovely," writes Smith. "The more significant and potentially cost-saving result for all of us lucky enough to have Medicare coverage is the mental and emotional relief I have felt in such a short time. It’s as if someone lifted a ton of weights off of my back and set my sails into a prevailing wind." (Photo illustration: David McNew/Getty Images) Donna Smith
Medicare for All: Medicine for a For-Profit System Addicted to Itself
After years of pain, anxiety, and poverty under the status quo it is almost impossible to describe the relief I've felt after becoming eligible for Medicare this month.
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From Oct 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019, they documented 331 murders of trans and gender-diverse people around the world. (Photo: kthtrnr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
A Violent Epidemic Is Taking American Lives
In addition to mourning those who have been killed, trans activists and allies have organized "Trans Awareness Week" to precede the Day of Remembrance.
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As Trump’s latest interventions into the military justice process suggest, he is determined to keep these attacks on civilians beyond prosecution. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home
Trump’s war on the law extends beyond flouting Congress and packing courts—overseas, it extends to arguable crimes against humanity.
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Supporters of ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales rally against the coup. (Photo: Shutterstock) Laura Carlsen
What’s Happening In Bolivia Is a Violent Right-Wing Coup
Progressives need to speak up: Morales made mistakes, but nothing justifies the violent right-wing putsch that followed.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden sit during a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Trade Representative Michael Froman in the Oval Office of the White House December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, Obama was meeting about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). (P Sonali Kolhatkar
OK Obama... Time to Cancel Radical Centrism
So-called "centrists" are terrified that if the Democratic nominee is far to the left of Biden and Obama, they will be forced to coalesce around a candidate who represents a threat to the establishment of which they are a part.
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Sanders is one of a few candidates treating the climate crisis as an urgent matter—which you would think should inform the framing of an article about expert opinion of his plan. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Julie Hollar, Jim Naureckas
Sanders’ Plan to Fight Global Climate Disaster Too Ambitious, Says NYT
It’s as if the paper can’t resist slipping in gratuitous digs at Sanders any chance it gets, even as the world burns.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Jeffrey C. Isaac
Some Midday Thoughts About Sondland Testimony and Impeachment
Only politics can save us!
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Democratic Naysayers Are Wrong on Medicare for All
"Americans know that their current private health care payments, whether insurance premiums or out-of-pocket, are nothing other than 'taxes' they pay to stay alive."
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The Israeli West Bank settlement of Beitar Ilit (Photo: Yoninah via Wikimedia Commons) Helena Cobban
Pompeo Casts International Law Aside On Israeli Settlement Policy
Let us remember that this is yet another example of Washington acting as a callous scofflaw—a rogue nation, indeed—when it comes to efforts to uphold the values and mechanisms of international law.
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