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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Naomi Klein
Bernie Sanders Is Most Popular Politician in the US – and Why Jeremy Corbyn Will Win in Britain
Canadian author and activist addresses Labour Party convention in the UK
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Several San Francisco 49ers including Colin Kaepernick, center, kneel during the National Anthem prior to an NFL football game in October, 2016 Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
As More People 'Take the Knee,' Let's Remember Its Original Inspiration
Principled stands taken at great risk are often how movements are born.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Will McCorkle
It May Be Time For America To Take a Knee
"The greatest danger our country currently faces is not a lack of loyalty to the nation, but an out-of-control nationalism that both endangers the principles of our republic and is a threat to the entire world community."
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In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) kneel during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Jesse Jackson
Trump Tries to Divide Us, But We Are Better Nation Than That
"They are skilled athletes practicing their profession, not chained slave gladiators forced to entertain the mob."
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Richard Heinberg
Disaster in Puerto Rico a Chance to Build Back Sustainably and With Resilience
This is a huge unfolding tragedy. But it's also an opportunity to learn lessons, and to rebuild very differently.
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Remember the 1917 law that made Puerto Ricans citizens? It also restricted the island from international trade, all but mandating that goods arrive only on American ships — thus hammering its economy in an era of globalization. Will Bunch
Save Puerto Rico's Americans - And Stop Treating Them Like a 19th Century Colony
“Second-class citizenship” isn’t always a cliche as we now face its greatest test amid the post-hurricane ruins.
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Far too often, American intervention and the use of American military power has produced unintended consequences which have caused incalculable harm,” the senator warned. “A heavy-handed military approach, with little transparency or accountability, doesn’t enhance our security. It makes the problem worse. John Frederick Kaufman
Bernie Sanders Thinks War Is Overrated, And He’s Right
The Vermont senator says it's time to get rid of the idea that the only “serious” solutions to international problems involve the military.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting the Korean People's Army Tank Crews' Competition-2017 at an undisclosed location. Bill Moyers, Andrew Bacevich
Can a War of Words Become a World of War?
Andrew Bacevich and Bill Moyers talk Trump and Kim Jong Un.
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Josh Bivens, Hunter Blair
A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots: Newest GOP Tax Framework Is What We Knew It Always Would Be—Tax Cuts for the Rich
Did Republicans unexpectedly veer and deliver a "middle-class tax cut"? Nope.
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(Photo: Author David Zeiger with active duty GIs demonstrating on Armed Forces Day, 1971) David Zeiger
Vietnam War Protesters have NOTHING to Apologize For
When patriotism and pro-war become synonymous.
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Richard Eskow
Can Centrism Be a Movement? The Answer May Surprise You
It was a certain brand of centrism—call it "insider centrism"—that gave us Trump. But there's another kind, based on people's needs that has much to offer.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Medea Benjamin
Saudi Women May Soon Be Behind the Wheel, But Still Not in the Drivers’ Seat
Though a hard-won victory for Saudi women, we should recognize that the biggest impediment for women has not been the inability to drive
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Robert Dodge
Slaying the Atomic Dragon: In Favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
The world has spoken and the momentum toward complete nuclear abolition has shifted.
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The White House under Bush/Cheney can unconstitutionally ignite wars, lie to the people about the reasons, produce millions of casualties and untold destruction of innocent peoples’ homelands, get re-elected and later retire with huge speech fees without being chased by the “sheriffs.” Ralph Nader
Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities
An American government that need not fear accountability.
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obach not only disrespected his fellow state election administrators, but also failed to acknowledge how this was an atypical request by the federal government: States run their own elections. Emma Olson Sharkey
Calling Out the Kobach Commission for What It Is
An activist calls on Americans who care about voting rights to urge their state election administrators to refuse to cooperate with the Pence-Kobach Commission.
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 Republicans want to use the money saved by stripping millions of health insurance to cover some of their intended tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy Robert Borosage
GOP Health Repeal Is an Immoral Affront to the American People
Every major organization that represents the concerns of patients, of doctors, of the elderly and of the poor opposes this bill.
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Eugene Robinson
If Trump’s Not a White Supremacist, He Does a Good Impression
The president is telling us what he really thinks — and showing what he is
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Juan Cole
If Trump Were Really President, He’d Forgive Puerto Rico’s Debts and Rescue It
The least we can do is get the island back on its feet and put into place policies that will bring prosperity back.
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For the first time, a top strategic think-tank, closely aligned with the U.S. military and long famous for its influential strategic analyses, was seriously contemplating a major war with China that the United States would not win. Alfred W. McCoy
World War III With China
How It Might Actually Be Fought.
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Monday, September 25, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's U.S. visit is a pre-meeting for the two politicians before Germany hosts the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. Gwynne Dyer
Germany: The Rise of the Right
A general trend towards the authoritarian, ultra-nationalist right in Western politics has emerged.
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Demonstrators hold signs outside the Dept. of Education on Feb. 9, 2017. (Photo: majunznk/flickr/cc) Diane Ravitch
Harvard Shames Itself by Staging a Koch-Sponsored Betsy Lovefest–No Dissenting Voices Allowed
At conference called “The Future of School Choice,” there is nary a critic of this radical rightwing agenda
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U.S. foreign policy and the Trump Organization’s business ventures will remain in a unique and complex relationship with each other in the coming years as the president and his children take the people who elected him for a global ride. Nomi Prins
The White House as Donald Trump’s New Casino
Yes, He Is Running America Like One of His Businesses.
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As increasing privatization "starves the beast" of government, infrastructure is failing, and companies like Nestle pay nearly nothing to take over our water supply and sell it back to us Paul Buchheit
How Privatization Cuts Us in Two, While Public Institutions Make Us a Better People
A nation of profit-makers and their crusade to deregulate and monopolize public systems.
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Washington Redskins teammates during the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Keith Allison/flickr/cc) Donna Smith
White House Bully Disrespects, Embarrasses America
He is no artist of any deal. What Trump is has been painfully clear for some time.
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Chris Hedges
The Abuses of History
"History is what the present chooses to remember about the past."
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People watch US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressing a session of UN Human Rights Council in June in Geneva Afrah Nasser
Yemen Needs United Nations, Not the United Nations
As the UN Human Rights Council looks once again at launching an independent inquiry into war crimes in Yemen, I have one thing to say to the organisations pushing for it: good luck.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Robert Reich
Why We Must Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy, Not Lower Them
What rational politicians would do if they weren’t in the pockets of big corporations and the wealthy.
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Charles P. Pierce
Bernie Sanders Just Gave His Best Speech in 2 Years
He established liberal internationalism as a coherent foreign policy.
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Juan Cole
"Those People": Trump Plays to White Nationalism from North Korea to NFL
When the U.S. president casually threatens to commit genocide against an entire people on the same medium where people celebrate the exploits of their cats
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Robert Freeman
There Is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War
There is enormous pressure and a lot of money working to rehabilitate Vietnam, to put the guilt and the shame of it behind us. But it was precisely the guilt of the people, their shame at what was being done in their name, and their courage to denounce it that made it impossible for their...
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Bonnie Castillo
Until Elected Officials Champion Medicare for All, They Can Expect Nurses at Their Offices — and in Their Seats
As Republicans attempt to advance horrific healthcare legislation, including Graham/Cassidy , nurses know that — although we must fight to ensure this legislation does not pass — it is not good enough just to play defense.
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Lynn Sherr
‘Battle of the Sexes’ Then — and Now
The smartly engaging and depressingly relevant new movie is a blast from the past loaded with lessons for the future.
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Adam Johnson
Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent on $700B Pentagon Handout
The reaction thus far to this unprecedented handout to military contractors and weapons makers has been one big yawn.
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Christopher Brauchli
Home Tweet Home
Although few of his formal writings are public, (if any exists), the Tweetessphere is full of what passes for thought when promulgated by DJT.
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Eric Margolis
My Threats Are Bigger Than Your Threats
Behind all the hysteria over North Korea lies the basic question: why would rather small North Korea embark on a nuclear war with the United States?
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Thomas S. Harrington
Spanish Centralism or the Self-Defeating Hubris of the Authoritarian Mind
In the name of that simple thing called democracy, we should thank our friends in Catalonia for their refusal to back down in the face of intimidation
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Juan Cole
Failing Dam in Puerto Rico, Endangering 70,000, A Reminder that Climate Denialism Kills
The failure of this dam underlines that climate change science is absolutely central to good public policy and planning.
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Christian Christensen
The Silent Terrorism on Our Doorsteps
Why aren't mass killings related to domestic violence given the same media attention as Islamic terrorism?
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Sonali Kolhatkar
In America, Justice for Victims of Police Brutality Remains Elusive
Despite three years of intense public pressure, fatal police shootings of black Americans continue to go unpunished.
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In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, People Power activists will play a crucial role in campaigning for voting rights policies tailored to their state. Brian Tashman
People Power Launches 50-State Voting Rights Campaign to Reenergize Our Democracy
It's time to fight back against Kobach, his allies in Congress and state legislatures, who have tried to make it difficult to vote.
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“In addition to reactors, which at least are within containment structures, high-level radioactive waste storage pools are not within containment, and are also mega-catastrophes waiting to happen, as in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane,” says Kevin Kamps of the activist group Beyond Nuclear. Harvey Wasserman
Nuclear Plants Plus Hurricanes: Disasters Waiting to Happen
Throughout the world, some 430 reactors are in various stages of vulnerability to natural disaster, including ninety-nine in the United States.
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Barry Lynn, Kevin Carty
To Address Inequality, Let’s Take on Monopolies
When a few firms dominate the market, they have the power to charge consumers more and pay workers less.
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They are “concern trolls” — broadly defined as “a person who disingenuously expresses concern about an issue with the intention of undermining or derailing genuine discussion.” Adam Johnson
There Are 3 Types of Single-Payer 'Concern Trolls' — and They All Want to Undermine Universal Healthcare.
"With an estimated 45,000 people dying a year because of a lack of healthcare and almost half of the moneyraised on GoFundMe used to pay medical bills, we must ask: How is this crisis any less urgent?"
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The only real beneficiaries of their health care schemes would be large corporations and wealthy individuals whose taxes would have been reduced. Kenneth Peres
The Republican War Against Government Supported Health Care
Every one of their proposed legislative bills would lead to thousands of deaths and have adverse impacts on the health of everyone - especially women, infants, and children.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Jones County Courthouse Cassandra Stubbs
Keith Tharpe’s Scheduled Execution Tests Our Tolerance for Racial Bias in Executions
There are two types of Black people, the juror said, and Tharpe wasn’t a “good” one.
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Anti-Fascist Heroines Then and Now
From Anne Frank to Heather Heyer.
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Paul Street
Capitalism: The Nightmare
The gross injustices of the American dream.
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Basav Sen
The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution
Trump administration policies are systematically making natural disasters more harmful for the poor and people of color
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Tom Engelhardt
Empire of Madness: Tweeting While the World Burns
Fiddling through smoke and ashes in the year 2025
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Bernie Sanders
The World's Common Humanity and US Foreign Policy
'A sensible and effective foreign policy recognizes that our safety and welfare is bound up with the safety and welfare of others around the world.'
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As Trump received applause upon speaking of the benefits of the U.S.’ programs in advancing global health and women’s empowerment, he has also sought to eliminate such programs including the gender equality development assistance account ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues and has already withdrawn all funds to the UN’s Population Fund. Tharanga Yakupitiyage
A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy
As nuclear tensions continue to escalate, Trump’s threats of war bring security to no one.
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Alice Pettway
Equal Pay for Women Supported by the U.N.—Trump, Not So Much.
"As much as 40 percent of the pay gap may be attributed to discrimination."
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The DMZ Peace Statue in Korea John Feffer
It’s Time to Make a Deal With North Korea
If the U.S. made a deal with Maoist China in the 1970s, it can surely cut one with North Korea today.
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Trump Pushes US Closer to War
Bombastic and self-absorbed narcissists throughout history have meant what they said. And yes, they have gotten many millions killed.
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Robert C. Koehler
Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam
Buried with the massacred victims of senseless wars. That's were our values are kept.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Allowing state-contracted agencies to screen out prospective families based on religious criteria not only harms the children most in need, it is also unconstitutional. Leslie Cooper
Same-Sex Couples Are Being Turned Away From Becoming Foster and Adoptive Parents in Michigan. So We’re Suing.
Despite the 13,000 children in the foster care system, religious objections are deemed lawful in rejecting prospective same-sex parents.
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 Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer, poses at his home in 2015 near Moscow. In 1983, he was on duty when the Soviet Union's early warning satellite indicated the U.S. had fired nuclear weapons at his country. He suspected, correctly, it was a false alarm and did not immediately send the report up the chain of command. Petrov died at age 77. Gwynne Dyer
The Man Who Saved the World
An ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing.
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Josh Bivens, Hunter Blair
Graham-Cassidy: Maybe the Worst Republican Health Proposal Yet
The completely cynical bill is Trumpism in a nutshell. It is a raw negative-sum redistribution of resources to those currently in power, one that lacks any policy depth at all and simply repeals the ACA and slashes Medicaid.
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The domination of “breaking news”—increasingly defined by episodes of violence, natural disasters and celebrity/political outrages and lurid scandals—is rampant. Ralph Nader
The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons
Soundbite journalism is phasing out comprehensive reporting in mainstream media.
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Bob Lord
Trump’s Tax Plan: A Billion or Three for Guys Like Him
If the president's tax plan passes, it'll be like he's cutting himself a check from the Treasury.
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Lawrence Wittner
A Negotiated Curbing of North Korea's Nuclear Capabilities Is Good, But Not Good Enough
Fortunately, there is an alternative to living on the brink of nuclear catastrophe: abolishing nuclear weapons.
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A comprehensive plan for the economic reconstruction of our communities—connected to the urgent imperative of a large scale transition in our energy and transit systems—can define the first key element in a compelling political program around which to organize to defeat Trumpism. Gar Alperovitz, Ted Howard
After the Storms: Defeating Trumpism, Rebuilding America
The present crisis long pre-dates Donald Trump.
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“The instability and large foreign presence in Afghanistan over the past 15 years make it difficult for young people to develop and appreciate Afghanistan’s cultural assets.” Nick Turse
Afghanistan: A Military Mission That Never Fails to Fail
How the U.S.-backed media masks the abject failures of American occupation.
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Thomas S. Harrington
Urgent: Forced Takeover of Catalan Government Institutions by Spanish Police
The people of Spain's Catalan region are in the streets as the Spanish government suspends autonomy and seizes ballots ahead of upcoming referendum
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Tom Fowdy
We Cannot Go on Like This. It Is Time to Talk to North Korea
Though negotiations would certainly not be easy, they remain the better option compared to Trump's threats and the risk of war
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Eoin Higgins
Media’s Instinct to Rehabilitate the Powerful Has Not Changed Under Trump
Disregarding Moral Rules in Entertainment Media.
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Ann Jones
Afghanistan Again? The American Military’s Repetition-Compulsion Complex
"Oh, when will they ever learn?"
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We can do it with a bold and rapid, but achievable, expansion of energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles and decarbonized buildings, all supported by a modernized grid. Plus, we don’t need to wait for breakthroughs—we can achieve our goals with the tools we already have. Vignesh Gowrishankar , Amanda Levin
Clean Energy Is America’s Next Frontier & Path to a Safer Climate
The Revolution Towards a Green Economy.
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You could write an entire edition of the DSM—the official manual of psychiatric disorders—just on Trump. Robert Kuttner
The Trump Nightmare: How It Ends
A scenario that becomes more likely by the day.
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The oil industry and its allies have long salivated over the prospect of drilling in the refuge’s 19.6 million acres. They have long argued that the Refuge, home to caribou, polar bears and many endangered species, also houses an estimated 10 billion of barrels of recoverable oil. Andy Rowell
Trump’s Response to Climate-Related Disasters: Open America’s “Crown Jewels” to Oil Drilling
"Instead of pushing for clean technology and to end our oil addiction, the Trump Administration is quietly pushing to open up one of America’s great last wilderness areas."
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Many of the same insurers who underwrite construction in the hurricane alleys of the Florida also underwrite oil and coal companies, as well as pharmaceutical giants and agribusiness corporations — some of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases. Cain Burdeau
Don't Expect the Insurance Industry To Protect You From Climate Change
Insurance companies understand how to make handsome profits from large-scale disasters.
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Julie Chinitz
New Health Repeal Shows GOP’s Reckless Disregard for Our Lives
Tens of Millions Could Lose Health Care.
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Harry Blain
What Happened to the Arms Trade Treaty?
Four years ago, the U.S. and the UK signed a landmark treaty to restrict the sale of arms to rights abusers. So why are they still profiting off the atrocities in Yemen?
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John Atcheson
Still Getting It Wrong: How Media Pundits Keep Steering Democrats into the Shoals
What's missing? An agenda that inspires the millions who currently decide to just stay home.
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Monday, September 18, 2017
James Zogby
The House That Bibi Built
The unholy alliance between US neoconservatives and Netanyahu is no accident.
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Destruction of rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo paves way for palm oil plantation Benjamin Dangl
How Top Food Companies Fail to Protect Environmental Activists in Supply Chains
The Deadly Consequences of Defending Indigenous Lands.
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Matt Taibbi
Single-Payer Movement Shows: Life After Trump May Not Suck
The flip side of the Trump phenomenon is that Democrats may finally be ready to offer voters something real
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Trita Parsi
Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran
Killing the nuclear deal with Iran will put the U.S. back on a path to war and that is exactly what the Israeli leader has sought for the past twenty-five years.
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Michael T. Klare
Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
Even if no one else in Donald Trump’s Washington is ready or willing to deal with climate change, the U.S. military will be.
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Danielle Martin
Canadian Doctor to U.S.: Try Single-Payer Health Care Instead Of Trashing It
I see the cracks in our system just as U.S. doctors see the cracks in yours. But we don’t believe the solution lies in dismantling universal care.
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Paul Buchheit
The 3 Americans Who Should Pay for Medicare-for-All
While anticipating inevitable resistance from monied interests, it can nevertheless be accurately demonstrated that three Americans—or, rather, groups of Americans—have received the most benefits from years of national productivity, and should provide most of the initial funding.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Amal De Chickera
When Is a Genocide a Genocide?
Why is the world allowing the Rohingya to be slaughtered?
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Stephen Kinzer
America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup
Trump's ability to rely on "his generals" for guidance shouldn't be seen as comforting
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Lawrence Wittner
World Citizenship Is More Popular Than You Might Think
Trump's nationalist rhetoric may not have as firm a hold on Americans as it might appear
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John Atcheson
This Is How Change Happens
It's called leadership
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Keri Leigh Merritt
Why We Need a Universal Basic Income
America is in desperate need of both a universal basic income and a federal jobs guarantee
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Robert Reich
The Growing Danger of Dynastic Wealth
In a few generations, if current trends continue, almost all of the nation's wealth will be in the hands of just a few thousand families
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Christopher Brauchli
Kobach and Windmills
Kris Kobach has embraced the impossible task of proving the president right in his belief that the 2016 popular vote was stolen from him
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Adam Johnson
Murdoch-Owned Media’s Radical Climate Denial in the Face of Disaster
Wall Street Journal's glib snark over Harvey completes its Fox News-ification
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Jeff Bryant
Betsy DeVos’s Back-To-School Message At Odds with What Parents Want
Education secretary devotes her Back-to-School bus tour to promoting her vision for "rethinking" America's public schools—while the majority of parents and students are happy with the public school system and want to support it
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Cecillia Wang
President Trump Is Poised To Slash the Number of Refugees In the U.S., Replaying the Worst of Our History
While other countries are resettling people displaced by current refugee crises, the president may cap the number of refugees in the U.S. at 50,000, lower than it's since 1980
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The Albert Einstein Memorial in Washington, D.C. Peter Dreier
Where Are All the Monuments to the Progressive Americans?
The organizers, activists, artists, writers, and occasional elected officials who fought to make the United States a more humane and inclusive country often go unacknowledged.
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CIA director Mike Pompeo and other CIA officials pressured the Harvard Kennedy School to revoke Chelsea Manning's fellowship invitation. Kevin Gosztola
Harvard Kennedy Succumbs to CIA Pressure, Revokes Chelsea Manning's Fellowship
It is remarkable that any former CIA director would oppose someone for "long-standing efforts" to "legitimize" their "criminal path."
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Friday, September 15, 2017
 dangerous donald trump Bill Moyers, Robert Jay Lifton
"A Duty to Warn" and the Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
Renowned psychiatrist says despite "Goldwater Rule," mental health experts have unique responsibility when someone in power may be dangerous
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Jeremy Lent
The Climate Catastrophe We’re All Ignoring
As fossil fuel-based economies continue, millions are suffering around the world.
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Both the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” and various Republican Congressional proposals are all private, corporate-dominated systems that enrich all parts of the medical industrial complex – from hospitals, to drug corporations to insurance corporations. Greg Coleridge
With Democracy So Sick, Medicare for All Will Be Uphill Battle
Why a massive social movement will be required to humanize and democratize our health care system
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Not only does the Republican ideology favor "big money" in politics but it discourages average Americans from participating in the political process; for example, because they are too busy earning a living to adequately inform themselves about national issues. Bob Burnett
The Aftermath of Hurricane Donald
The long-term consequences of Trump's ideology.
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Valerie Wilson, Janelle Jones
This Year’s Poverty Data Look a Lot Different When You Break Them Down by Race
Nowhere in the current agenda is there discussion of a just minimum wage and a real jobs plan that would target those who continue to struggle at the economic margins—disproportionately people of color—doing low-wage or unpaid work.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Demanding Climate Justice in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
The price we pay for a fossil fuel-powered civilization.
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Will Bunch
Let's Be Honest About Something Else with Trump: He's a Male Supremacist
How Trump was empowered by his open contempt for empowered women
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