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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The media take a somewhat different tack on this country versus country story, but they nonetheless embrace the nonsense Trumpian logic. (Photo: Screenshot) Dean Baker
Corporate Media Take the Trump Line on Trade
It would be great if trade reporters could get a bit more serious and give some thought to winners and losers from trade policy, and not pretend that everyone in the United States is in the same boat.
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Our country spends the most (more than $10,000 per year per person) on a system that often delivers the least. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
The Problem With Health Care Is 'The System'
While our doctors and other providers have top-level skills and knowledge, they operate within a fundamentally flawed corporate structure that measures success not in care delivered to the many but in profits extracted for the few: the investor elites.
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While some are denied the right to visit their families, others are dying in isolation in besieged areas, in “closed military zones”, while separated from one another by massive walls and numerous military checkpoints. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Ramzy Baroud
Humanity Denied: What Is Missing From the Omar, Tlaib Story
This is the story of Palestinian isolation by Israel that we must not allow to die out.
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About 15 years ago, Texas introduced a renewable energy integration program that has led to wind and solar making up 20 percent of the state’s electricity supply, comparable to California. Other regions are playing catch-up. According to the Sierra Club, at least 131 cities and nine states, districts or territories across the U.S. have committed to 100 percent renewable energy goals within a certain timeframe. (Photo: Pixabay/Pexels) Daniel Ross
Can We Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy in Time to Avert Climate Catastrophe?
To prevent the worst climate scenarios, carbon emissions must be slashed to net-zero by 2050.
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People carry the coffin of indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Caceres, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 3, 2016. (Photo: CNS/EPA/Stringer) Jovanna Garcia Soto
Violence Against Indigenous Hondurans Shows Us What Fuels Migration
The United States government bears direct responsibility for the violence—militarizing the region and ensuring U.S. corporations can extract profit and resources.
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Seventy percent of Americans support universal health care as presented in the Medicare for All Act of 2019. (Photo: People's Action Blog) Sameena Mustafa
Real People Will Lead the Way to #MedicareForAll
Most would not believe that a bunch of grassroots activists could stop a 172-year-old professional organization in its tracks. Such a feat would be nothing short of David felling Goliath. But that’s exactly what we did.
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According to the court, non-theistic people are not capable of meeting the goals of legislative prayer – only believers in the divine can do that. (Photo: A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representative recites an opening prayer) Rob Boston
Federal Appeals Court Green Lights Discrimination Against Non-Theists
It's yet another in a problematic line of recent decisions that allow government entities to endorse and promote religion (just about always Christianity) as long as it’s being done for "historic" purposes.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
At the heart of the Mauna Kea action is thus a challenge not only to a telescope, but to capital and the pursuit of unmitigated industrial growth at any cost. (Photo: Screenshot/Washington Post) Julianne Tveten
Protectors of Mauna Kea Are Fighting Colonialism, Not Science
While proposals to compromise might appear fair, protectors say, they dismiss the historical context in Hawaii of colonialism and the usurpation of Indigenous land that continues today.
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Macron’s liberalism—like that of Canada’s Justin Trudeau—is on thin ice. (Photo: Rita Franca/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
The G7 Countries Look Feeble—Iran and Brazil Could Shore Them Up
To think that the G7 is a serious body is to have lost one’s mind.
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 John Hickenlooper Second 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Debate, Day 1, Detroit, USA - 30 Jul 2019 (Photo: Matt Baron/Shutterstock) Matt Taibbi
John Hickenlooper Is the New Joe Lieberman
What Lieberman was to antiwar Democrats, Colorado’s Hickenlooper is to environmentalists.
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The rightwing populist project beleaguering our planet is taking its toll around the world. (Photo: gSrikar) Amitabh Pal
India’s Kashmir Gambit Fulfills the Hindu Nationalist Agenda
"Now Modi is the leader of a billion people who stand solidly with him."
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Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondônia. (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace.) Leila Salazar-López, Lindsey Allen
We Are Facing a Global Emergency in the Amazon. Here's What We Can Do
Global solidarity with Brazil's indigenous and environmental movements can make the difference at this critical moment.
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Protected from consequences by death as his money protected him in life, David Koch is dead. (Photo: Phelan M Ebenhack/AP/Shutterstock) Sarah Jones
David Koch’s Monstrous Legacy
David Koch died before he could reap the full bounty of his works. We will not be so lucky. His legacy is poisoned water and dirty air, decimated unions, and Donald Trump.
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Karina Cardoso and Linda Nevarez hold their cellphone flashlights up during an Aug. 4 vigil in El Paso for the victims of the Walmart shooting. (Photo: Lola Gomez/American-Statesman) Jesse Jackson
Violent White Supremacists Threaten Basic Civil Rights—and Our Lives
The federal government can largely stamp out domestic terrorism—or fan the flames.
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Toronto, Canada (Photo: Shutterstock) Sam Pizzigati
Make America… More Like Canada
Canadians enjoy much better health care, much less inequality, and—a new study finds—higher incomes too.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 hold signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Rachel M. Cohen
8 Unions Have a Plan for Climate Action—But It Doesn’t Mention Fighting the Fossil Fuel Industry
While the report’s focus on public investment, good jobs and justice shares much in common with the federal Green New Deal resolution introduced in February, it also stands in tension with environmentalists who demand the U.S. work to transition more quickly away from oil, coal and natural gas.
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Lead is a powerful neurotoxin that can damage nearly every organ and system in the human body. (Photo: Joyce Zhu / Flintwaterstudy.org) Mekela Panditharatne
Flint’s Water Crisis Wasn’t Just a Blip. Our Water Standards Need Bold Change.
Federal law should not greenlight weak standards for lead in water. The Lead and Copper Rule needs bold and far-reaching change.
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Monday, August 26, 2019
On women, the Trump administration and evangelicals have been unrelenting. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Evelyn Leopold
Trump Has Done Incalculable Damage to Humanity by Backing Out of UN Programs
Will he slash more programs in his disdain for world bodies?
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Colombian natives and activists protested against the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires in the Amazon rainforest, in front of the Brazilian consulate in Bogota, Colombia, on August 23, 2019.(Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) Naomi Klein
The Amazon Is on Fire—Indigenous Rights Can Help Put It Out
Colonialism is setting the world on fire. Taking leadership from the people who have been resisting its violence for centuries, while protecting non-extractive ways of life, is our best hope of putting out the flames.
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Progressive candidates should instead be sending the entire world an unequivocal message that the United States is finally ready to turn the page to a new era of peaceful, cooperative and lawful diplomacy. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex?
Their pro-diplomacy worldview has blind spots. This creates a pretext for continuing U.S. militarism and risks undermining their commitment to peace.
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While governor, Hickenlooper famously ushered in the fracking revolution in Colorado, earning the nickname “Frackenlooper” while fossil fuel production in the state soared. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Alexander Sammon
Progressives Shouldn’t Be Interested in John Hickenlooper for Senate
Virtually any Democrat would be favored to beat Cory Gardner in Colorado, and virtually any Democrat is better than John Hickenlooper.
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CANDEIRAS DO JAMARI, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL: Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondônia. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace) Basav Sen
Brazil Isn’t the Only Far-Right Government Destroying the Planet
As the Amazon burns, the terrifying parallels between the U.S. and Brazilian governments highlight the damage authoritarian leaders are doing.
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David Reinert holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. (Photo: Rick Loomis/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Trump’s Entire Worldview Is a Nut Job Conspiracy Theory
"Why is everybody always picking on me?"
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‘The raging fires have become so potent that the smoke they generate plunged the Western Hemisphere’s largest city, São Paulo, into total darkness.' (Photo: Victor Moriyama/AFP/Getty Images) David Miranda
Fires Are Devouring the Amazon. And Jair Bolsonaro Is to Blame
The ongoing destruction of the Amazon is taking place because of policy choices made by those who now rule Brazil.
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The rupture of social bonds, caused by the breakdown of society, income inequality, social stagnation and the disempowerment of the working class, is expressed in innumerable dark pathologies.(Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
The Curse of Moral Purity
Liberal elites have jettisoned genuine political life and retreated into self-defeating moral crusades in a vain and futile attempt to deflect attention away from the looming social, political, economic and environmental catastrophes.
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Trump breached the Iran deal in 2017, slapped severe sanctions on Iran and then went around the world strong-arming countries not to buy Iran’s petroleum.(Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
France Upstages Trump at G7 by Inviting Iran to Salvage Nuclear Deal
"He is the only one who seeks to punish Iran, to increase sanctions. All the others are searching for a solution."
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A cimate change activist in a hammock occupying Oxford Circus in the busy shopping district of central London on April 18, 2019 wakes on the fourth day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group earlier this year in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images) Roy Morrison
Global Climate Movement: Darkest Before the Dawn
Climate action from above—like proposals for a Green New Deal—is both driven by and will only be achieved by determined and relentless pressure from below
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Sunday, August 25, 2019
A sign for Transition Linlithgow in Scotland Richard Heinberg
Two Arguments for Localism
A Great Unraveling is in store
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A demonstrator holds a sign during an Extinction Rebellion action in Melbourne Rivera Sun
Tapping Into People Power
We have more power than we think
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The databases that contain our facial images should ring alarm bells. Birgit Schippers
Facial Recognition: Ten Reasons You Should Be Worried About the Technology
We desperately need a more prominent conversation on the technology's impact on our rights and civil liberties.
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Workers from Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, participate in an anti-imperialist march  to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in front of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on January 31, 2019. H. Patricia Hynes
Economic Sanctions: War by Another Name
The sadistic logic of the sanctions against Venezuela is clear: Put pressure on the target government by ripping apart the social and economic fabric of the country.
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empty class seats Steven Singer
Blaming Schools for Student Absences Is Like Denouncing Doctors for Disease
If something is wrong with children, it must be the school’s fault. Right? If kids can’t read, write and do ‘rithmetic, the teachers must not have taught ’em right . It couldn’t have anything to do...
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Police officers gather to remove activists during an anti death penalty protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court January 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Jeffery Robinson
Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty?
Data shows that racial bias in state’s death penalty is systematic—not the work of a few isolated bad actors.
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
The threatened northern spotted owl Christopher Brauchli
Endangered Species
The would-be immigrants who are poor, like the plants and animals that were formerly protected by the The Endangered Species Act, have no chance.
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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Diane Ravitch
Providence Plans to Defund Its Public Schools to Expand “No Excuses” Charter
Gov. Gina Raimondo is a big fan of charters
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In August of 2017, white supremacists gathered at a violent "Unite the Right" rally to protest Charlottesville, Virginia's plan to take down a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Christopher Petrella, Justin Gomer
Stop Using Mental Illness to Explain White Supremacy
White supremacy is not an unfortunate stain on an otherwise clean democracy. It’s terribly, terrifyingly normal.
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Olatunde Johnson, Michelle Aronowitz
The Trump Administration’s Assault on Fair Housing
The proposal would gut the core of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact method of proof.
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bean field Jim Hightower
Just Who Got Trump's Farm Bailouts?
Rich families cashed in on over half the bailout money set aside for farmers hurt by Trump’s trade policies.
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Gannett building Janine Jackson
GateHouse’s Takeover of Gannett: Bad News for Journalism and the Planet
USA Today ran a piece ( 8/20/19 ) on the Amazon fires in which “anthropogenic climate change” were almost literally the last three words. Media watchers are wondering if that’s more likely to reflect...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. John Atcheson
Centrists Are Going to Kill Us
Democrats are in danger of dooming the planet and the democracy by adhering to their corporate-friendly, campaign finance-motivated centrist strategy.
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Friday, August 23, 2019
To restore localized structures, we will need to enact a series of systemic changes to the way the global economy functions. (Photo: John Benford/Aurora Photos/Getty Images) Helena Norberg-Hodge
Resist Locally, Renew Globally
Resistance to corporate rule at the policy level will need to be coupled with the generation of alternatives from below, to fill the gaps left by the departing old system.
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Water protectors of all persuasions gathered in talking circles at Borderland Ranch in Pe’Sla, the heart of the sacred Black Hills, during the first Sovereign Sisters Gathering. At the center are Cheryl Angel in red and white and on her left, Lyla June.  (All photos by Tracy Barnett) Tracy L. Barnett
How the Women of Standing Rock Are Building Sovereign Economies
Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future, say water protectors taking the movement’s lessons forward.
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Election integrity activists have criticized this approach for redefining what constitutes a paper ballot by replacing a hand-marked record with a computer-marked record. (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Steven Rosenfeld
Is a Nationally Widespread New Voting System Ready for the 2020 Elections?
An independent audit in Maryland raises key questions.
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The Kochs were also key players in the successful effort to beat back a cap-and-trade bill in 2010, the closest the U.S. government has ever come to any kind of emissions policy. (Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
The Terrifying Legacy of David Koch
David Koch was one of the most powerful people in the world over the last three or so decades, and he did his level best to stymie any effort to stop the biggest threat to human society.
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Countries meeting for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) voted to regulate the trade in products from giraffes. (Photo: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) Emily Beament
Trade in Giraffe Products to be Regulated
Giraffes are facing what has been described as a "silent extinction", with numbers falling by up to 40 percent over the last 30 years.
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Here’s a novel idea: Voters in the primaries should pick a candidate they truly like, whose policies they are excited about, whose ideas they feel will best help the nation. (Photo: Matt Rourke / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Let's Stop Trying to Predict Who Can Beat Trump
Jill Biden’s tacit admission that her husband stands for nothing much beyond a vague idea of electability could hand the election to Trump.
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A satellite image from NASA shows the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil in August 2019. Eliza Mackintosh
The Amazon Is Burning Because the World Eats So Much Meat
And if saving the rainforest isn't enough to convince carnivores to stop eating Brazilian beef—the greenhouse gas emissions the cattle create may be.
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It will only succeed if the public rallies to it, urgently seeking to limit the damage to their children’s and grandchildren’s lives done by carbon dioxide, methane, and the rest. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Bernie Sanders’ Manhattan Project: The Game-Changing Green New Deal
The selfish and greedy elites of the US Establishment will attempt to kill this plan just in the same way that they are killing the planet.
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 Corporate media addressing modern day crises like the Amazon fires will never do them anything approaching justice. (Photo: Getty) Janine Jackson
When Reporting on Global Crises Like the Amazon Fires, the Media Needs to Focus on Who’s Fighting Them
It doesn’t matter so much how many reports corporate media write; if the same people stay at the center of them, the story won’t change.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
The goal of the human rights cities movement is to support local work that builds a bottom-up movement for a world where human rights are truly universal and indivisible. (Photo: Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images) Jackie Smith
Human Rights from the Ground Up
Bottom-up action and local identities are not only viable as foundations for a global movement, but they are also essential if we are to mobilize the collective energies and creativity needed to address today’s existential crises.
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Kudos to Senator Warren for endorsing the Farmers Bill of Rights, and to Senator Sanders for seriously mentioning the farm crisis. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Jim Goodman
Farmers Need a Bill of Rights
Besides a fair income, just like other workers, the Farmers Bill of Rights seeks to guarantee farmers fair and open markets that are not dominated by a handful of corporations.
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Klu Klux Klan rally on the National Mall, 1926. (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
Should We Fight a War on White Terrorism?
There’s a strong argument to shift law enforcement resources from Muslim organizations to domestic white terrorists — but expanding the war on terror is a riskier proposition.
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If actually implemented, this would upend American political economy. (Photo: Illustrated | OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images, whyframestudio/iStock, Happy_vector/iStock) Ryan Cooper
Bernie Sanders' Plan to Rebuild Labor Unions Would Be a Huge Win for Working Americans
It would be a glorious victory for nearly all of the American people—which is why big business will fight it to their dying breath.
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Wildfires have raging through the Amazon rainforest for weeks. Satellite data show an 84% increase of fire outbreaks on the same period in 2018. (Photo: Pixabay) Manuella Libardi
Leaked Documents Show Brazil’s Bolsonaro Has Grave Plans for Amazon Rainforest
DemocraciaAbierta had access to PowerPoints from a meeting between members of the Bolsonaro government. The slides show that the current government intends to use the president's hate speech to diminish the power of minorities living in the region and to implement predatory projects that could have...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) listens to a question at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum on August 20 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stephanie Woodard
At First-Ever Native American Presidential Forum, Candidates Answer to Centuries of Injustice
With Indian country’s electoral power growing, presidential hopefuls pledged to honor treaties and enact structural change.
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A slave auction in Richmond, Virginia, 1856. While slavery is often regarded as long-ago history, it was integral to shaping our economy—and its inequality—today. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
400 Years After Slavery’s Start, No More Band-Aids
It’s time to heal the deep wounds of racism—not only to ensure equity for African Americans, but for our entire economy.
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How does one fight for freedom by locating oneself in the headquarters of the worst human rights violator for the last seventy years?(Photo: The Education Trust/Twitter) Anis Shivani
The Dream Is Dead Not Just for Dreamers, But for All Americans
For many, the dream has become a nightmare, but there is yet a passage through the difficult terrain which might perhaps take us to a different kind of dream, because this one sure is extinct.
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Robert Reich
How to Become a Corporate CEO Scam Artist in Five Easy Steps
And how to stop it in five more
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"It certainly appeared he was trying to hit us," Amy Anthony, spokesperson for progressive Jewish advocacy group Never Again Action, told the Washington Post. (Photo: Never Again Action/Twitter Screengrab) Robert C. Koehler
Putting Bodies on the Line in Participatory Evolution
The big black pickup truck plunged into the protesters blocking the parking lot and I cringed, viscerally, as though I could feel it myself — this merciless crush of steel against flesh. I was...
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
We need to strengthen forms of coordination that emerge from the municipal context to support a growing network for change in synchrony with a global resurgence of solidarity, democracy, and justice. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Brian Tokar
Think Globally, Act Locally?
Progressive, locally rooted movements have long proven their ability to influence wider social and political trends, whether by force of example, concerted political pressure, or active resistance to centralized power.
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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin shakes President Trump's hand as Vice President Mike Pence watches on July 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House) Elliott Negin
Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science Already Surpass Two Bush Terms
Trump may have lauded the Apollo 11 mission, but his administration has launched more than 100 attacks on science.
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Both terminals and their backers provide proof that tackling climate change means tackling corruption at the highest levels of our democracy, regardless of party affiliation. (Photo: Shutterstock) Daphne Wysham
Saving the Planet Means Fighting Bipartisan Corruption
Major donors to both parties are trying desperately to get more fossil fuels to market.
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US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. - President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP Joshua Cho
Corporate Media Filled With Nameless Voices Attacking Progressive Democrats
Here's a question: Why grant anonymity to a partisan source making an inaccurate attack—unless giving cover for a non-returnable attack on a progressive political figure was the point?
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Blaming immigrants for a lack of "good jobs" only helps the corporations who cut wages, slash benefits, and offshore jobs. (Photo: Shutterstock) George Goehl
Trump’s Re-election Strategy: Pit Us Against Each Other
I’ve seen firsthand how communities get hung out to dry when politicians scapegoat immigrants for the crimes of corporations.
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 George, who is homeless, panhandles along a street in Lawrence on August 16, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence, once one of America’s great manufacturing cities with immigrants from around the world coming to work in its textile and wool processing mills, has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Doug Lasdon
The "Blame the Poor" Playbook—Used by Republicans and Democrats Alike—Is Back With a Vengeance
And what 30 years as a human interest attorney has taught me about what we can do about it
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Members of the Sunrise Movement hubs from across New York gathered for a rally on Aug. 13, 2019, outside the DNC headquarters in New York City to pressure the state members to vote for a climate debate. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Naomi Klein
Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate
Having a habitable Earth is not a "single issue"; it is the single precondition for every other issue’s existence.
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Antifa is not a threat to U.S. democracy. White supremacists are. And a President who offers them inspiration and encouragement is an even greater threat. But neither is Antifa an appropriate or representative form of democratic response to these threats. (Photo: Alexandros Michailidis | Shutterstock.com) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Antifa Is Not a 'Terrorist Organization,' But That Doesn’t Make It Good
Thoughts from Bloomington, Indiana.
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What sets Senator Elizabeth Warren apart is that she uses the levers of power available to politicians with a platform in Washington to achieve progress—and she is willing to criticize allies in the process. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) David Dayen
How Elizabeth Warren Works the Political System
She has an approach that involves identifying ways to make progress and focusing relentlessly on achieving them.
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Climate change activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York, in the 60-foot Malizia II yacht, from Plymouth, England, on Aug. 14.(Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/WPA POOL/GETTY IMAGES) Bill McKibben
Youth to Adults—Join Us in the Climate Fight
On what kind of world do we expect 15-year-olds to tackle our biggest problems by themselves?
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by DuKai/Getty Images) David Korten
You Can’t Put Capitalism Over Sustainability—and Other Lessons From China
Humanity’s existential crisis can be resolved only when we the people stand united behind a vision of the world we truly want.
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Among the factors that appear to contribute to underestimation is the perceived need for consensus, or what we label univocality: the felt need to speak in a single voice. (Photo: Getty) Naomi Oreskes, Michael Oppenheimer
Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change
A book entitled Discerning Experts explains why—and what can be done about it.
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Our coalition is still growing, but already is made up of organizations representing tens of millions of people united around four principles that guide our efforts to smash pharmaceutical corporations’ monopoly power. (Photo: AP) Nancy Altman, Alex Lawson
Dear Politicians: Lower Drug Prices Now
Our strategy is simple: mobilize millions of Americans across this country to stand up and demand that politicians choose a side, the American people or the pharmaceutical corporations.
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 By establishing immigrant “illegality” in the workplace, the law emboldened corporations to intimidate and exploit undocumented laborers. (Photo: The Progressive) Angela Stuesse
Workplace Raids Are Not the Answer
Criminalizing undocumented labor will not curb the practice of their hiring. It only makes workers more exploitable.
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Before the manic response to school shootings and the madness of zero-tolerance, those students would have been counseled and redirected, but not expelled. Pierre Tristam
Stop Criminalizing Children in the Name of School Security
We need a more realistic law that balances security and responsibility with children’s right to make mistakes and to learn from them. Punish them. But don’t crucify them.
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US President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Key Trump Policies Show a Person Mentally Disordered: Megalomaniacal, Paranoid, and Psychopathic
The U.S. president is widely mischaracterized as a cynical politician maneuvering for personal power and financial gain. Yet the situation is far more dangerous.
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The British seized the Iranian tanker at the urging of the United States. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Why the World Is Watching the Fate of an Iranian Tanker in the Mediterranean
Greece, unlike the U.S., has taken the position that Iran has "the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes alone."
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The Statue of Liberty. (Photo: USA Pyron/Dreamstime.com.) Jesse Jackson
The Significance of the 1619 Project
The project tells the "unvarnished truth" of slavery. We will face the horrors of our past, as well as the triumph of our progress. It is a telling that is long overdue.
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When the court reconvenes in October, its docket will include a new Second Amendment appeal—New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York—that has the potential to rival or surpass Heller for its impact on gun rights and gun regulation.(Photo: PJMixer / Flickr) Bill Blum
The Biggest Obstacle to Gun Control May Be the Supreme Court
With the addition of Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, today’s Supreme Court may be even more pro-gun than it was when Scalia penned Heller.
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Monday, August 19, 2019
While the U.S. has the most powerful military machine in history, it is also incomparably the most expensive – and members of Congress work aggressively to maintain it. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Rebecca U. Thorpe
One Budget Line Congress Can Agree On: Spending Billions on the US Military
Americans are increasingly insulated and isolated from the political, economic and human costs of warfare.
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Excessive CEO, which comes at the expense of the corporation, is far more pernicious than returns to shareholders. (Image: Shutterstock) Dean Baker
CEOs Say They Will Stop Maximizing Shareholder Value. Would Be Better If They Stopped Maximizing CEO Compensation
Rather than maximizing shareholder returns, it seems more plausible that CEOs have been maximizing CEO pay, which has risen 940 percent since 1978.
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This week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced updates to the public charge rule that would bar immigrants who use safety-net programs including Medicaid and food stamps from obtaining green cards. (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.) Rebekah Barber
Public Charge Rule Is Trump's Latest Attack on Immigrants
The rule could have a particularly devastating effect on immigrant communities in the South, the nation's poorest region.
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These war crimes promise to continue unless the U.S. military completely withdraws from Afghanistan. Marjorie Cohn
The Foreign Policy Litmus Test for Democrats in 2020
As the carnage continues with no end in sight, all of the Democratic candidates should be making immediate and complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and indeed, all countries in which the United States is fighting, a central pillar of their platforms.
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That report notes that among the key resource sectors that are driving the violence against human rights defenders is agribusiness. (Photo: Gabrielle Galindo) Brent Patterson
Remembering Colombian Land Defender Hernán Bedoya
"A year before he died, Hernán warned the palm oil companies planned to plant another 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres), which would be impossible unless he and more than a dozen other campesinos were dispossessed."
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Little is known about this industry, which operates from the shadows despite repeated requests for more transparency. (Photo: g4ll4is / Flickr) Likhita Banerji
A Dangerous Alliance: Governments Collaborate with Surveillance Companies to Shrink the Space for Human Rights Work
Despite the existence of these international laws and standards, states and private companies have been able to buy and use spyware freely and without any provision for accountability.
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"The Biggest Little Farm” will likely leave you inspired, hopeful even, and you'll want all your friends to see it. (Photo: Screenshot) Diana Donlon
Got Climate Anxiety? Watch "The Biggest Little Farm"—a Template for Regeneration
The real takeaway from this movie is that the miracle of self-renewal can happen anywhere, once soil-health restoration becomes the priority and the processes that allow nature to regenerate are set into motion.
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Representative Rashida Tlaib (L) and Representative Ilhan Oma. (Photo: Mondoweiss)  Philip Weiss
Political Upheaval Over Tlaib and Omar Shows the Power of BDS
The 56 percent majority of Democrats who believe in punishing Israel in aid for its unending gobbling of Palestinian land is gaining numbers as we speak.
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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with President Donald Trump in the East Room, June 13, 2019. (Photo: Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/AP Images)  Paul Waldman
There Will Be No Justice For Trump's Enablers
The moral and professional accounting some Republicans feared will never take place.
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We are, in other words, already on a dystopian planet. (Photo Detail: Jim Bourg/Reuters, Paneikon) Tom Engelhardt
2084: Is Donald Trump Big Brother?
Orwell revisited in the age of Trump
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Sunday, August 18, 2019
Zubeida Mustafa
Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir
Observers believe that Donald Trump's ham-handedness has provoked Modi—or rather, provided him the opening he was looking for
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Larry Beinhart
Donald and Ronald
Just how different is Trump's presidency from Reagan's?
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Juan Cole
America as a Company Town: Royal Dutch Shell Workers in Pennsylvania Coerced to Show Up for Trump
This campaign rally was a way for Royal Dutch Shell to force its workers to show up for Trump and to put them under his political influence
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Tim Wilkins
The AMA Gets Out of the Way of #MedicareForAll
"The AMA has made the right—if overdue—call by leaving the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, and to stop giving their credibility to this effort by big corporations to put profits before people's health."
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Sarah Jaffe
Bad Boss Trump, the Great Organizer
Working people at all levels are beginning to understand how their interests are not that different, whether they pack chickens in Mississippi, sell Walmart products in California, or program for IBM in Atlanta
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Longtime progressive activist and political organizer Tom Gallagher is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her congressional seat in 2020. (Photo: Gallagher for Congress) Patrick O'Malley
Meet Tom Gallagher, the Democratic Socialist Challenging Nancy Pelosi in 2020
Gallagher's record provides a bold contrast to the rightward drift of the Democratic Party: he was resisting neoliberalism before we called it neoliberalism
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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Brian Mier
Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests
Why are the New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil's far-right president?
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Ashoka Mukpo
Corrections Officer Who Struck Rhode Island ICE Protesters With Pickup Truck Resigns
"From the perspective of the Never Again movement, looking to shut down ICE and stop the deportation machine, the place where that intersects in Rhode Island is at Wyatt."
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Christopher Brauchli
A Dangerous and Filthy Place
Trump's descriptions of Baltimore were actually descriptions of the Kushner properties
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Randi Spivak
How to Counter Trump's Disastrous Attack on Our Public Lands
Fossil fuel leasing on public lands is worsening the climate crisis. But there's hope.
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Juan Cole
After Tlaib and Omar Are Barred by Netanyahu, Why Would Any Self-Respecting Democrats in Congress Do the AIPAC Tour Again?
Dem leaders Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Steny Hoyer condemned the move, but it is unlikely that they will do more than that.
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Jeff Cohen
Memo to Mainstream Journalists: Can the Phony Outrage; Bernie Is Right About Bias
Mainstream media is shocked at Sanders' suggestion that ownership influences coverage. I can tell you it's true.
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