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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
"Unlike the US-allied strongman in Honduras, Ortega has been a public enemy of the United States for forty years, and remains in the crosshairs of Trump’s hawkish foreign policy team and many US lawmakers." (Photo: Jorge Mejía Peralta/cc/flickr) Jake Johnston
Social Security Protests in Nicaragua? Hold on a Second…
Conflating all of the world’s grievances with Ortega, without further analysis of the issues or motivations, into one movement — a movement destined to overthrow a “dictatorship”— doesn’t do anybody any favors.
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 Did Gadhafi actually threaten to massacre civilians? (Photo: BRQ Network/flickr/cc) Jim Naureckas
NYT Examines How History Impacts Korean Talks–but Its Own Memory Is Fuzzy
The myth that Gadhafi had openly threatened civilians and thus necessitated international military intervention sprang up quickly as the US and its NATO allies launched an attack on Libya’s government.
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Roy Eidelson
The DCCC’s Mind Games and the Ballad of Roy Moore
Progressive candidates deserve better than comparisons to Roy Moore and intimidation tactics by establishment heavyweights inside the Democratic Party
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Ralph Nader, Robert Weissman, et al.
An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions on Corporate Crime
The DOJ does not compile comprehensive data on corporate crime. This is a notable oversight.
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Israel argues that its deadly crackdown on the Great March of Return is part of its “armed conflict [with] the Hamas terrorist organization.” (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/Splash News) Maureen Clare Murphy
Fifty Killed in Gaza. Zero Israelis Injured.
Israel meanwhile continues to spin the protests as “Hamas riots,” accusing the political and resistance group of “attempting to disguise terror activities as a civilian-led riot.”
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"Nine-tenths of the way to the year 2020, U.S. soldiers, with all of their firepower and technology, have not achieved anything close to total dominance on the battlefields where they have been engaged." (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert Reeves) Arnold R. Isaacs
Why Can't the World's Best Military Win Its Wars?
Americans need to rethink war and look honestly at ourselves and our friends.
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Bolton’s hopes of keeping the option of U.S. war on Iran flopped in 2004, but he still believes in a first strike against North Korea, as he urged in an op-ed in late February. Gareth Porter
Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?
Bolton isn't just uninterested in selling a denuclearization deal to the public, he’s working actively to undermine it.
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"In continuing his agreement-killing campaign this week with another prop-dependent show-and-tell, Netanyahu has abandoned any effort to be logical in arguing against the JCPOA."(Photo: Screenshot) Paul Pillar
Netanyahu Makes a Case for the JCPOA
In continuing his agreement-killing campaign this week with another prop-dependent show-and-tell, Netanyahu has abandoned any effort to be logical in arguing against the JCPOA.
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"Netanyahu instanced no evidence at all that Iran is out of compliance with the 2015 deal, and UN inspectors continually have affirmed that Tehran *is* in compliance." (Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here Where We’re Shooting Children, Look Over There at Iran
Netanyahu’s breathless announcement that there was a potential weapons aspect to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has been known for a decade and a half.
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Monday, April 30, 2018
"After a decade of severe budget cuts and misappropriation of more than a billion dollars, voucher schemes, and the rising corporate tax cuts handed out to billionaires, educators found themselves backed up against a wall." (Photo:@BrennaGoth/Twitter) Sarah Giddings
Making People's History in Arizona: Educators Rise Up
We had no other choice but to demonstrate our basic civil liberties in pursuit of real, transformative change — by walking out of our classrooms together and into the Capitol on the historic day of April 26, 2018.
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Medea Benjamin
Olive Branch for North Korea, Bombs for Iran?
The great tragedy of the horrifying specter of another Middle East war is that it is wholly fabricated by the US administration
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Thom Hartmann
Fascists Compete To Own America
Now might be a really good time to examine the origins and nature of the whole right-wing collusion between business and government
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"Trump’s emphasis on what he terms “America First” is anything but that." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) John H. Johns, Trita Parsi
The End of US National Interest
The damage Trump is inflicting on U.S. security and global standing may well prove irreparable.
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"Beyond limiting reporters’ access, ICE may even deport an immigration journalist who is often critical of law enforcement." (Photo: Irfan Khan/LA Times via Getty Images) Camille Fassett
Why is ICE Interfering with Journalists Covering Immigration Hearings?
ICE’s continued hostility towards journalists covering deportation hearings is deeply troubling.
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Emmanuel Mervilus, who will graduate soon from Rutgers after being in prison, speaks in Newark, N.J., at an event sponsored by the Mountainview Program, which fosters education among those who have been incarcerated. (Photo: Mountainview Program) Chris Hedges
The Crime of Being Poor and Black
There are only a few saints in this world. Professor Roden is one.
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Hayley Miller
Joy Reid’s Defenders Praise Her Apology — But Ignore Her Apparent Cover-Up
The MSNBC host’s most ardent fans are willing to turn a blind eye to her hacking claims, and that’s unsettling.
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"Despite their contributions to British society as workers, many migrants are made to feel unwanted, viewed with suspicion, exploited and discriminated against." (Public Domain) Dorothy Grace Guerrero
Colonialism, Borders and Justice Should Be in Our Conversation About Migration
Former colonial powers, like Britain, are culpable in promoting the unfair rules, creating debt burdens, forced privatisations and entrenching oppressive neo-colonial power dynamics on the international stage.
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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House on July 2, 1964. (Anonymous/AP) Raúl Grijalva
Be Progressive, Democrats, Not Merely Liberal
What was once pigeonholed as the “progressive” position has since become the popular position.
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Paul Buchheit
Meeting the Definition of Terrorism: Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Big Banks
Beware the corporate terrorists in our midst.
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"At the center of that vortex of corruption lies the president and his family, the man whose taxes remain an American mystery and who couldn’t even get them in on time this year." (Photo: Defending Our Future/Twitter) Tom Engelhardt
Swamping the Drain in Washington
Washington has been and remains a swamp in every sense of the word.
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Richard Eskow
Pyrrhic Party: The Democratic Establishment’s War on Progressives
The party’s antipathy for progressive candidates and ideas that seems to grow more conspicuous with each passing day.
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Molly Roberts
Michelle Wolf Got It Just Right
That Wolf’s performance was not “normal” for the correspondents’ dinner is a testament to its timeliness and necessity — nothing is “normal” right now, and pretending otherwise out of a false sense of the fourth estate’s friendship with the executive would have been the real disgrace.
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Sunday, April 29, 2018
count Rebecca Gordon
Can Bean Counters Save the World From Trump?
If we want to bring down Donald Trump, we need to follow the people who follow the money
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U.S. President Donald Trump Robert Reich
How To Stop Trump
He is the product of years of stagnant wages and big money's corruption of our democracy
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James Cullen, Ty Parks
Rapper's Story Shows How Progressive Prosecutors Can Reform Probation and Parole
Meek Mill's experience is troubling because of how normal it is—but it also illustrates a way forward
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Israel bomb wreckage Mike Merryman-Lotze
Americans Bear Direct Responsibility for the Horrific Reality in Gaza
Using our tax money, the U.S. continues to fund the Israeli military, which has once again turned its guns on Gaza—this time on unarmed protestors
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Trump Kirk Freudenburg
Donald Trump and Rome's Mad Emperors
We've never had to deal with anything half as reckless, delusional, and smug as Trump occupying the Oval Office, so how do we describe him, and the predicament that he puts us in?
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Starbucks Marjorie Cohn
Protests Force Starbucks to Ditch ADL From Leading Anti-Racism Training
"You can't be a piece of an anti-bias training when you openly support a racist, oppressive, and brutal colonization of Palestine," says Cat Brooks
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Saturday, April 28, 2018
A Syrian girl Stephen Kinzer
Hoisting the False Flag
The alleged chemical attack in Syria reminds us that we should await clear evidence before falling into well laid traps
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Kris Kobach Christopher Brauchli
Maybe Kansas Deserves Kris Kobach
Will residents of the state conclude that it would be ridiculous to vote into the governor's office a man of Kobach's limited integrity?
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Trump, Pat Bob Burnett
In Trump Era, Christianity Goes Astray
White evangelical Christians support Trump because their pastors say they should, they do not believe what the media says about him, and he is furthering their goal of a Christian nation
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Pompeo Juan Cole
Pompeo, Trump's New Enforcer, Targets Iran Deal
After the U.S. far right destroys the deal, they likely will attempt to destroy Iran militarily as their predecessors did with Iraq
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Gina Haspel Brian Tashman
The CIA Can't Keep Gina Haspel's Torture Record Secret
The agency must come clean about her complete role in the torture program—and its cover-up
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democracy not oligarchy John Atcheson
Beyond Trump: How the US Went Off the Rails
Trump is a big problem. But he's not the cause of our problems.
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hazardous waste Kathleen Rest, David Michaels
OSHA Fails to Protect Workers From Dangerous Chemicals
What the Trump administration sees as cutting red tape is actually cutting important and hard-fought protections
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#TakeAKnee Danielle Beavers
The Business Case for Diversity Leaves Little Room for Our Hearts and Minds
People of color and our allies must be explicit and uncompromising in demanding access to economic opportunity
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Friday, April 27, 2018
"Any activities that we do, whether it’s for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, it comes out of our own pockets." (Photo: Twitter) Debbie Weingarten
Tens of Thousands Mobilize to Support Arizona Teachers Amid Backlash
Resentment among Arizona educators has been simmering for years.
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Aerial view of Black Wattle Colliery Opencast Coal Mine, Middelburg,RSA. (Photo: © Modirapula) Ahmed Mokgopo
How a Development Bank is Propping Up the Fossil Fuel Industry in South Africa. And Why it Must Reverse Course
Local communities are not the only ones who are going to pay the bitter price of reckless and backward-looking investment choices.
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The Supreme Court's infamous decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will go down in US history alongside Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) and Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) as among the worst moments in US jurisprudence. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Mick Mulvaney Delivers the Chilling Truth
A political system among the most corrupt in the world.
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the bill could lead to funds going toward the virtual school industry, which has asuspect track record in terms of educational achievement and financial management, while targeting students of color and low-income students. Mike Garvey
Legislators Are Trying to Hide a Dangerous Voucher Proposal Inside the Defense Spending Bill
This proposal would funnel taxpayer dollars to private, unaccountable education providers that do not have an obligation to serve all students equally.
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"Being a journalist in Gaza only means death." (Photo: Twitter) David Palumbo-Liu
Are Israeli Snipers Censoring Palestinian Journalists by Murder?
“It is both an effort to ensure that the Palestinian story is not told to the world and to tell Palestinians themselves that no one is safe.”
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'She complains of “privileged white men” and “elites” in state office, with no experience in public schools.' (Photo: Karolina Buczek/Twitter) Jeff Bryant
Kentucky Teachers’ Walkout Catalyzes More Advocacy
At least 40 educators have filed to run for office.
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"New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s first order of business appears to be to sabotage the 2015 Iran deal in cahoots with Likud PM Binyamin Netanyahu and MbS." (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
If the Leaders of the Two Koreas Can Meet, Why Can’t Those of Saudi Arabia and Iran?
“Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.”
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Christian Christensen
Charlie Rose, #MeToo and the Eternal Possibility of White, Male Redemption
"You committed sexual assault? No problem! Let's give you a TV show to talk about it!"
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Men at work, Mining Atlas Coal Washery, Middelburg, RSA. (Photo: © Jason) Glen Tyler
Coal Communities in South Africa Want Coal to Stop
51% of all hospital admissions and deaths in coal communities are due to outdoor air pollution which could be attributed to emissions from power stations.
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Nomi Prins
Donald Trump and the Next Big Crash
Making the Fed an instrument for disaster
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"Trump doesn’t care about diplomacy or North Korea. He only wants to one-up Obama." (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Korea and the Geopolitics of the Impossible
Careful Korean diplomacy, coupled Trump's desire to do what Obama couldn't, could mean a rapprochement on the Korean peninsula no one thought possible.
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"In March, the Trump administration proposed a new rule to collect social media handles, including user IDs, from everyone applying for a non-immigrant visa to come to the U.S., around 14.7 million people." (Photo: Pinterest) Tahmina Watson
Tourists, Beware: Trump Administration Wants Your Social Media Handles Before You Travel
Such scrutiny will affect people coming to the U.S. for work, for business, for tourism, or simply to visit family.
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 "International politics is inherently dishonest and hypocritical, especially when incumbent and emerging superpowers are involved." (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
America’s Hypocrisy on Free Trade Is Dangerous
If we look honestly at our own history, we can begin to understand China’s current and future goals. If we don't, we could be headed toward conflict.
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"Ryabkov pointed out that Trump’s false allegation that Iran received $150 billion for signing the deal is completely without foundation."(Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Russia and China slam Trump-Macron Push to Renegotiate Iran Deal
The pushback comes as the US continues to violate the spirit of the agreement by retaining severe sanctions on Iran, which it had implied it would drop.
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“Carson is out of touch and patronizing. He thinks poverty is a state of mind." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) Tara Raghuveer
HUD’s Carson Offers Tenants Insults, Not Solutions
“It is absolutely unthinkable that the Trump Administration’s response to the crisis is to make things worse with draconian rent increases and work requirements."
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Jonathan Alter, a columnist for The Daily Beast and an MSNBC analyst, is the latest pundit to pen a nauseating lecture. (Photo: Aspen Institute/flickr/cc) Kevin Gosztola
Jonathan Alter Thinks Democrats Need to Be Less Democratic
The DNC zealously works to anoint individuals the base barely supports.
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"Pompeo has consistently earned the endorsement and praise of FRC, appearing on their virulently anti-LGBTQ radio program at least six times." (Photo: AFP/Getty) Sarah Kate Ellis
Mike Pompeo’s Anti-LGBT Views Should Disqualify Him From Becoming Secretary of State
From backing the Family Research Council to his opposition to marriage equality, Mike Pompeo has shown himself unfit to be Secretary of State, GLAAD's president and CEO argues.
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"Many of the residents of Morristown — a conservative mid-South town full of Trump supporters — came to the aid of their neighbors after the ICE arrests, raising money to help families with members in detention, kind of the way a community comes together after a natural disaster has devastated it." (Photo: Bryan Cox/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Can We Unlock the Golden Door?
ICE raids are justified with the ignorance of racism and war.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Take his power away by not giving him the oxygen of any attention other than what is absolutely necessary.(Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Bill C. Davis
A Man Without Honor
The irony of a man who only sees price tags being a price tag to the people making a cottage industry of being appalled by him, is rich.
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"Among numerous demands, they’re calling for federal and state living wage laws, a guaranteed annual income for all people, full employment, and the right to unionize." (Photo: Shutterstock) Saurav Sarkar
Bring Back May Day
Politicians have made a mess of things for American workers, but a new Poor People's Campaign is rising to set things right.
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"Pompeo has a long history of anti-Muslim comments, and of associating with Islamophobic hate groups and leaders." (Photo:Screenshot) Richard Eskow
Democrats Who Vote For Pompeo Will Disgrace Themselves and Their Party
If the party can’t even take a stand against hate, does it stand for anything?
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People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building following a massive earthquake that struck Nepal early on Saturday. (Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA) Duncan Maru
TPS Renewal for Nepal Is a Moral Necessity
9,000 Nepali citizens with TPS face a perilous and uncertain future.
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"While referring uniformly to this latest centrally-generated fiasco as a “total” blackout, the corporate media have almost totally ignored this steady, fast-growing stream of power being generated on Puerto Rico, virtually all of it solar." (Photo: USAF Nicholas Dutton) Harvey Wasserman
Puerto Rico Goes Back Door to Solartopia and the Corporate Media Blacks It Out
A Solartopian Puerto Rico would threaten the Trumpian corporatists who want to “restore” the island’s central, fossil-fired, utterly corrupted grid, which is sure to go down in the next global-warmed hurricane.
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"Since its adoption in 2001 within days of the 911 attack, the AUMF has served to justify every expansion of the US military’s role in the Middle East with every relevant Congressional oversight committee acting as little more than a syncopation of bobbing heads." (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) Renee Parsons
The Democratic Party’s War History and the AUMF of 2018
Can there be a more pathetically farcical example of the “world’s greatest legislative body” so utterly devoid of conscience, so disconnected from life’s reality with no awareness of their own culpability for war crimes.
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Simone Chun, Kevin Martin
Diplomacy, Hope, and Inspiration in Korea
It's time we all gave peace on the Korean Peninsula a real chance.
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"A loud and clear message from the Democrats’ 2016 election debacle is that hoping for working-class votes while refusing to do battle against corporate exploiters of the working class is a political dead end." (Photo: acidpolly/flickr/cc) Norman Solomon
Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street
Willingness to challenge Wall Street would alienate some of the Democratic Party’s big donors.
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Actress Natalie Portman has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony in Israel in June. (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) Catherine Rottenberg
Why Natalie Portman Is Not the Real Story
Something much more important is happening than Portman's decision not to attend a prize ceremony in Israel.
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"Not only should this real-life drama be highlighted in history books; it should be a blockbuster movie." (Photo: Philipp/cc/flickr) Jim Hightower
A Plutocratic Coup
The threat of concentrated wealth and the ever-present danger that the imperious rich pose to majority rule.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
 "By deploying heavily armed Border Patrol officers, building walls, and using surveillance technologies in urban areas that traditionally had been crossing spots for the undocumented, such migrants are now forced to traverse dangerous and desolate areas of the southwestern deserts." (Photo: qbac07/Flickr/cc) Todd Miller
The Border Fetish: An Unsustainable World Managed With an Iron Fist
The U.S. frontier as a zone of profit and sacrifice.
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"We should not let technological capability dictate what we actually deploy, just as we have made a conscious choice (through our wiretapping laws) to generally disallow surveillance cameras in public places from including microphones." (Photo: NASA Space Center) Jay Stanley
A Company Announces Its Intent to Create World’s Newest Privacy Nightmare
There would be no place where one could feel secure that someone was not monitoring and recording from the sky.
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"These families have the constitutional right to due process regardless of immigration status." (Photo: ICE/Reuters) Amrit Cheng
ICE Separates 18-Month-Old From Mother for Months
They are just one of hundreds of families who are subjected to ICE’s brutal tactic of forcibly separating immigrant parents and children.
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"Rather than authorizing more presidential war making, Congress might sensibly end our misadventure in Afghanistan and Syria, and halt our involvement in Saudi Arabia’s dismemberment of Yemen." (EPA/ANDY RAIN) Robert Borosage
Tell Congress: Curb the President’s War Powers
The attack on Syria was an open violation of international law and of the U.S. Constitution.
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Senator Tim Kaine introduced a new authorized use of military force resolution with Sen. Bob Corker. (Photo via AFGE on Flickr) Kevin Gosztola
Senate Proposal To Constrain Trump’s War Making Would Actually Expand Perpetual War
“Over the last sixteen years, we have witnessed the consequences of unfettered executive power in matters of war.”
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"If they confirm her appointment after a hearing on 9 May it would be a major blow to Americans who care about the rule of law and human rights and are concerned about increasing illiberal tendencies in their country."(Photo: The OSS Society/YouTube) Sonya Sceats
Gina Haspel's CIA appointment Will Delight Torturers Around the Globe
Trump’s support for torture and Haspel’s reputation for allegedly overseeing it can cause untold human damage.
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"Editors and producers frequently assure media consumers there’s a “church and state divide” in the newsroom separating reporting from the commercial side of the business." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
MSNBC’S Creepy Comcast Commercial Is Sinclair Lite
One is compelled to wonder what influence, both subtle and direct, Comcast corporate has on its properties’ coverage on a day-to-day basis.
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Monday, April 23, 2018
Trump supporters rally on the National Mall, 2017 (Kelly Bell/ Juliette Legendre
Far Right Groups Are Stumbling, But Their Rhetoric Is More Mainstream Than Ever
In a sense, the Republican Party has become a much more powerful instrument of white rage than the alt-right.
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A snapper surrounded by wary surgeonfish on Palmyra Atoll. (Photo:  Elizabeth Madin, CC BY-ND) Elizabeth Madin
I’m an Expat US Scientist – and I’m Returning to Trump’s America to Stand Up for Science
Across all policy areas, Trump has shown clear disdain for expertise and facts.
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"Endless war is the destruction of civil society. Yet, like the 2001 & 2002 AUMFs, the 2018 proposed bill has no time limit," the author writes. (Photo: Dandelion Salad/flickr/cc) William Cohn
Carnage Unleashed: DoD & AUMF
American people should see death on their doorstep, given the global slaughter wrought in their name.
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"The fact that North Carolina citizens have to go to court to keep bacteria from hog poop off of their homes (because their elected officials have sided with factory farms) is a perfect example of what is wrong with our food system." (Photo: Southwings) Krissy Kasserman
Nobody Should Have Hog Poop on the Walls of Their Home
Rather than let the hog farms next door ruin their lives, North Carolinians are fighting back against Smithfield Foods.
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"They experience suffocating levels of student debt alongside declining wages and income equality while watching companies monopolize entire industries, and sometimes even nationwide elections." (Photo: Lady Buffalo/cc/flickr) Hannah Finnie
Why Young People Are Joining Unions Again
They are frustrated by a system whose cracks were etched into place by preceding generations, but have only fully metastasized for theirs.
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"With GOP operatives whipping up fears about alleged voter fraud, intimidation complaints surged in 2016, with elections watchdogs receiving thousands of calls about voter intimidation and suppression on Election Day." (Photo: Scout Tufankjian / Polaris) Billy Corriher
How the Klan Act of 1871 is Fighting Voter Intimidation Today
"Trump has made an escalating series of statements, often racially tinged, suggesting that his supporters should go to particular precincts on Election Day and intimidate voters."
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Arizona teachers Jeff Bryant
Arizona's Uprising Teachers Build Bridges, Not Walls
Arizona presents new and interesting challenges to the spreading teacher uprisings, and demonstrates ways that teachers build bridges.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Paul Rosenberg
Destroy the Earth Day: Under Trump and Pruitt, the Right's Assault on the Environment Goes Nuclear
For decades the right has fought to undo environmental regulation. Under Trump and Pruitt, it’s extreme gaslighting
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Olivia Rosane
5 Environmental Victories to Inspire You This Earth Day
It's not all bad news... and these victories all hold lessons as we march forward
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Jason Mark
Will Courts Hold Oil Companies Accountable for Climate Change Disasters?
The fossil fuel giants possessed the early scientific awareness, the economic might, and the political influence to shift the direction of human affairs and avoid climate chaos. They chose not to.
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Michael Sainato
With Treetop Protest, 61-Year-Old Red Terry Is Leading Fight Against Mountain Valley Pipeline
"Nobody should have the right to eminent domain for something that is not going to help people. Its to help themselves, profit before the people."
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Gregory Shupak
Media Support US Violence Against Syria, But Long for More
Corporate news outlets seemed genuinely upset that more U.S. violence was not forthcoming
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Eric Margolis
Doctor Death From Damascus?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Robert Reich
Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
Yes. But the costs would be tremendous.
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump Times Two
What in the world are we witnessing?
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Juan Cole
Top Six Reasons Mike Pompeo Should Not Be Secretary of State
And counting....
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John Buell
Students as Debt Slaves
It is time for a system that turns students into indentured servants to go
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"Reminiscent of Big Tobacco and Big Oil companies' tactics, they set in motion a plan to discredit the international agency's study in order to continue selling their dangerous product." (Photo: Occupy Monsanto/@gmo917/Twitter) Alfonso Saldaña, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
A Cancer on Society: Monsanto Claims Right Not to Speak About Roundup
Monsanto doesn’t want the world to know their product is labeled a "probable carcinogen."
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Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Timm
The DNC’S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
The theory of the suit would mean that any media outlet that publishes misappropriated documents or emails (exactly what media outlets quite often do) could be sued by the entity or person about which they are reporting
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Friday, April 20, 2018
"They come by way of exploding campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts swarming over legislatures, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers to lawmakers in anticipation of their retirement." (Photo: Max Herman/Survival Media Agency) Ralph Nader
Bill Curry on the Move Against Public Corruption
Legalized corruption is all over Washington, D.C. as trillions of dollars of giveaways, subsidies, bailouts, and no-bid contracts proliferate.
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"The only threat he sees from the tangled politics of Trump and Mueller is the threat to the only thing that matters to McConnell anymore — his 51-49 hold on the Senate majority." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Will Bunch
Mitch McConnell Gets his Own Chapter in the Story of America's Dying Democracy. And it's Devastating
It is Mitch McConnell, more than anyone else in Washington, who has turned the notion of comity into comedy.
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"The intent of the attack was to make a statement without making a difference." (Photo: Hassan Ammar / AP) Andrew Bacevich
Trump Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria Attacks — But Whose Mission?
The swamp refuses to be drained.
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"In the highly-competitive world of media and film, we can only guess what kind of courage this move has taken, not to mention the potential tensions with Israeli relatives." (Photo:Wikimedia Commons) Philip Weiss, James North
Natalie Portman Says, Enough!
The statement is surely a reference to Israel’s killing of nearly 40 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, which have shocked Jews around the world.
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 "What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future." (Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/flickr/cc) Bill McKibben
100% Renewable Energy is Within Our Reach
America’s twisted politics may slow the transition to renewables, but other countries are now pushing the pace.
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"Democrats in the state legislature spent considerably more energy staving off further cuts to education, rather than pushing for bold efforts to increase funding." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Jeff Bryant
Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too
The sad truth is financial austerity that has driven governments at all levels to skimp on education has had plenty of compliance, if not downright support, from centrist Democrats.
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"Kobach expressly promised Judge Robinson on the record that he would ensure that any voter who was previously suspended would get the same postcard notification that every other voter receives. Of course, that didn’t happen." (Photo: Mark Reinstein/Shutterstock) Orion Danjuma
Court’s Ruling Holding Kobach in Contempt is Well-Deserved
It is clear that the secretary of state believes he need only answer to himself and not the law.
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"How Changa or Puryear discussing racism and war furthers an effort to “create chaos” is never made clear, unless stating facts about the world that are unflattering to US centers of power is now per se destructive." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
Public Radio’s McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic
If assumptions about “Country X–backed media” are used to smear those who take a check—or even come close to those who take a check—from Russia, there should be a consistent standard for everyone.
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"The UN’s top human rights office concluded years ago that in order to respect the right to privacy, governments should regulate how private companies — not just police and spy agencies — treat personal data." (Photo: TY Lim / Shutterstock ) Sarah St. Vincent
Data Privacy Is a Human Right. Europe Is Moving Toward Recognizing That.
Mark Zuckerberg played dumb when Congress pressed him on privacy protections. But he should know better — the EU is already forcing his hand.
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"If we are truly concerned about the well-being of ordinary Syrians, we need to care about them whether they are being killed by Syrian, Russian or American forces." (Photo: Al-Jazeera) Sonali Kolhatkar
Why Are Some on the Left Falling for Fake News on Syria?
If leftist and progressive calls to curb American imperialism are to be taken seriously, our analysis of international relations and foreign policy needs to be far more sophisticated.
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