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Saturday, March 3, 2018
graphic Robert Reich
Why We Need Rise-Up Economics, Not Trickle-Down
Invest in our people—their education and skills, their health, and the roads and bridges and public transportation that connect them.
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Friday, March 2, 2018
“The most striking impact of school police officers,” the New York Times reports, “has been a surge in arrests or misdemeanor charges for essentially nonviolent behavior …. that sends children into the criminal courts.” (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Jeff Bryant
Will Lawmakers Again Make Schools The Sacrificial Lamb For Gun Control?
The media’s big lie is that “we’ve done nothing” to address school shootings that continue to plague the nation, when really we’ve just done the wrong things.
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 "Any other president who displayed such cavalier disregard for previous policy positions and total ignorance of basic facts would have provoked an uproar." (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
Never Have We Seen Such Chaos and Corruption
None of what’s happening is normal, and none of it should be acceptable.
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Afghan Peace Volunteers and others celebrate the International Day of Peace, September, 2017. (Photo: Afghan Peace Volunteers) Kathy Kelly
Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death
The outrage now directed toward the National Rifle Association should also challenge all assaults made by the U.S. military.
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Jesse Hagopian, Jessie Muldoon
#ArmMeWith Solidarity Against the NRA and Militarizing Our Schools
When we say we oppose access to weapons like the AR-15, we truly mean everyone, including the police.
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John Feffer
Oh Magog! Apocalyptic Christianity Returns to U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump is no churchgoer. But for evangelicals, his hard right line on Israel and machinations against Iran make him an instrument of the endtimes.
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 "The average income for a rural household receiving rental assistance from Carson’s department is $10,504, roughly one-third the cost of Carson’s newly-ordered office decor." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) Richard Eskow
Ben Carson’s Redecoration of HUD is Worse Than You Think
As Carson was being pampered with office furnishings reminiscent of Louis XIV, his department was seeking $8.8 billion in cuts to programs that help low-income Americans.
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In California last weekend, the state Democratic Party failed to endorse longtime incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (pictured above right), instead, 54 percent of delegates threw their support behind a far more progressive candidate running against Feinstein—Kevin de León. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Divided Democrats Risk Midterm Defeat
The Democratic Party has a history of letting the right set its agenda and has time and again kowtowed to Republican posturing instead of articulating a clear oppositional vision.
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Norman Solomon
Is MSNBC Now the Most Dangerous Warmonger Network?
The most profound dangers from what Rachel Maddow and company are doing is what they least want to talk about—how the cumulative effects and momentum of their work are increasing the likelihood that tensions between Washington and Moscow will escalate into a horrendous military conflict.
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Juan Cole
Pence’s White Nationalist Exclusion of Syrian Refugees Struck Down by Court
The ploy of Pence and others, of making certain Americans afraid of those coded as immigrants, succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and catapulted them into power
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Thursday, March 1, 2018
 "Expect so-called regulatory “reform” to remove the incentive for powerful bank investments into low-income communities and communities of color." (Photo: Andrés Rodriguez) Sharon Velasquez
CRA “Reform” Is an Attack on Communities of Color
At a time of record profits for banks and record wealth and income inequality in the U.S., a strong CRA is critical to reaching economic equity for the working class and people of color.
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Phyllis Bennis
This Opportunity to End the US-Backed Carnage in Yemen Must Be Seized
This is the first real chance to stop the U.S. killing in at least one of the too many countries where U.S. bombers, pilots, special forces and other parts of the Pentagon's killing machine are deployed.
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"The Trump FCC published its new rules in the Federal Register last week, which means the clock is ticking: Congress has just 60 legislative days to repeal the agency’s decision." (Phto: Fight For the Future) Amy Kroin
Net Neutrality Supporters Launch Operation #OneMoreVote
Activists took to the streets to pressure key members of Congress.
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Mickey Mouse appears during the lighting of "It's a Small World" ride, decorated for the holiday season on Nov. 12, 2015 at Disneyland in Anaheim. (Los Angeles Times) Peter Dreier
Disneyland's Workers Are Undervalued, Disrespected and Underpaid
85% of Disneyland employees are paid less than $15 an hour, while their CEO Robert A. Iger earns millions.
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Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy, and Mike Lee
Why Congress Must Vote on the US Role in Yemen
'We believe that since Congress has not authorized military force for this conflict, the United States should play no role in it beyond providing desperately needed humanitarian aid.'
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"Every element of the rollout reeks of public relations: exact same figure, exact same messaging, staggered announcements to keep the drumbeat going and the “$1000 Bonus!” headlines in the news." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Adam Johnson
Media Parroting ‘$1000 Bonus!’ Stories Helped Give Trump’s Tax Cuts Majority Support
Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, CNN and dozens of local media outlets joined the messaging charge, singing the bill’s money-saving praises.
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"As it turned out, that urge to take everything would prove the perfect launching pad for this country's decline." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Tom Engelhardt
The Ultimate Blowback Universe
A planet boiling with unintended consequences.
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"Your religion, your money and your politics cannot stop the melting of the Big Ice." (Photo: Screenshot/stella-polaris.org/film/) Robert C. Koehler
Melting the Ice in the Human Heart
We can’t undo what we’ve done to the planet, but perhaps we can ask its forgiveness.
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"It’s time to let Congress to know that vulnerable children need wholesome, nutrient-dense fresh (and preferably organic) foods—not processed factory farm food products." (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Katherine Paul
Trump's 'Harvest Boxes:' A Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Idea
One more scheme to subsidize Big Ag and Big Food while undermining the health and well-being of some of America’s most vulnerable families.
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The US frequently interfered in Afghan elections in support of one corrupt leader or another. Here an Afghan farmer who used to grow opium, a major source of corruption among Afghan leaders. (Photo: Reese Erlich) Reese Erlich
The Russians Aren’t The Only Election Hackers
The US has interfered in elections all over the world — and this Russian 'crisis' is a big deal about very little.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
"Whenever Israel is in the dock for whatever problem it has invited upon others or itself, it immediately fashions an Arab enemy to beat down, chastise and blame." (Photo: Oxfam International) Ramzy Baroud
Netanyahu’s Corruption: How Israeli Journalists Project Israel’s Crimes on to Palestinians
Israel is the only country in the world that continues to practice Apartheid.
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You have to admit that’s quite an array of nations seeking to leave young Jared wearing a barrel. Charles P. Pierce
How Do You Deal with This Much Nonsense?
Jared Kushner, everybody.
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Mitchell Zimmerman
No, Teachers Shouldn't Have Shootouts With Students
Because a "Good Guy With a Gun" isn't enough and why people need to treat gun control as the "do or die" issue it is
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(Left), Instagram photo of Cruz with an “Airsoft” M1911 look-alike pistol. (Right), the military’s M1911, a favorite of gun enthusiasts that will soon be made available for sale to the public. Pat Elder
Cruz, Instagram, and the Civilian Marksmanship Program
Soon, youth like Cruz will be allowed to purchase these extraordinarily lethal, semi-automatic weapons through the quasi-governmental CMP.
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Pat LaMarche
Separation of Church and State Starts With Kicking Billy Graham Out of the Rotunda
Graham, a champion of war, whispered into the ears of presidents and emboldened their villainy.
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"As for guns deterring the overreach of government, how have our guns deterred the current administration from stripping consumer protections from payday loan sharks, or preventing the administration from gutting environmental protections of our air, water, and public lands?" Jan Dizard
Prayers and Sensible Gun Regulations
The Second Amendment is not a guarantee of a right to an AR-15.
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"Remarkably, this new data have gotten almost no attention from the media."(Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) Dean Baker
Doesn't Anyone Care If the Trump Tax Cuts Are Working?
According to new data it is hard to reconcile with the view that lower taxes would lead to a flood of new investment.
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"Why the selective leaks?"(Photo: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Why is Intel Community Targeting Kushner?
What we really should be asking is what McMaster and NSA director Mike Rodgers want to do that Kushner is standing in the way of.
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"Since the law’s enactment corporations are buying back their own stock and issuing dividends to shareholders far more than they are investing." (Photo: Screenshot/youtube) Chye-Ching Huang
Hassett Changes Story on “Repatriated” Foreign Profits Under New Tax Law
Repatriated cash overwhelmingly ends up in shareholders’ pockets, not in investments in factories and the like.
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Aviva Chomsky
Why "Black Panther" Is Revolutionary, Even Though It Isn’t
Because this film is not just about poverty and it's not just about race: it's about colonialism.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Ralph Nader
Experts for the People—Shut Out by the Mass Media
Whether it is NPR, PBS, the network news programs, the Sunday news interview shows and too often the New York Times , Washington Post , Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal their interviewees are the defenders of the status quo or those with corporatists’ viewpoints.
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 "This vicious death spiral his already happening in Wisconsin in the aftermath of Governor Scott Walker’s 2011 assault on public unions and the state’s subsequent implementation of right-to-work policies." (Photo: Skeeze) Bill Blum
Is Janus the Final Chapter of the Right’s War on Unions?
In both the private and public spheres, employees covered by collective bargaining agreements earn considerably more than those who lack coverage.
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“Instead of pouring enormous amount of money into fixing fake news, governments should … give more to support education and the plurality of voices that we need if we want to live in democracy.”(Photo: Paul Sableman/flickr/cc) Cristina Orsini
How the ‘Fake News’ Frenzy Threatens the Possibility of Dissent
Most activists seem to agree that if an antidote to fake news exists — within a truly democratic society where freedom of expression is respected — it will arrive through education and be based on critical thinking.
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"The Supreme Court will do enormous harm to workers across the country if it overturns 40 years of legal precedent to benefit anti-union corporations." (Photo: Globe Staff/Adobe Stock) Elizabeth Warren, Steven A. Tolman
America Needs Union Jobs
At a time of gaping economic inequality, the Supreme Court and the billionaires promoting the Janus case are trying to sink people who are working hard to close that gap and build opportunity for themselves and for their families.
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"These students played by the rules, and were caught in a trap that was not of their own making. We need to free them, and ourselves, from that trap." (Photo: Michael Fleshman/cc) Richard Eskow
Picture the United States Without Student Debt
The act of cancelling student debt will benefit the entire economy.
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Students from Coral Glades High School hold signs as they participate in a school walk for gun law change on Feb. 21. (Photo: Rhona Wise/Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
My Kid Doesn’t Need Permission To Walk Out
He was following the lessons of his history books ― and what I believe is our best American tradition for change.
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"All too often, astonishingly lavish military budgets are treated as if they were part of the natural order, like death or taxes." (Photo: Peace Education Center/flick/cc) William Hartung
How the Pentagon Devours the Budget
Normalizing budgetary bloat.
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Robert Reich
The Moral Movement Against Violence
The moral void of Donald Trump has been a catastrophe for America in many ways, but it’s contributing to a backlash against the systemic abuses of power on which so much violence in American life is founded.
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"There is overwhelming medical evidence that the separation of a young child from her parent will have a devastating, and possibly permanent, negative impact on the child’s well-being." (Photo: Immigration Customs and Enforcement ) Jenny Samuels
A Mother and Child Fled the Congo, Only to Be Forcibly Separated by the US Government
It is a disgrace that a mother and child fleeing for their lives should be subjected to the trauma of separation by the very government from which they seek asylum.
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Monday, February 26, 2018
"Anyone who follows the science of climate denial will know the Koch brothers have poured over $100 million into groups that deny the science of climate." (Photo: Wikipedia) Andy Rowell
Time For The Teens To Take On The Kochs Over Climate
There are many parallels between gun control and climate change, where the powerful and the rich maintain a status quo that threatens many people’s future.
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Thousands of teachers and school personnel descended on the state Capital to demonstrate at the Capitol building on the second day of the teacher walkout in Charleston, W.V., on Friday. (Photo: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail ) Will Bunch
Meet The Teachers Demanding To Be Armed … With Resources For Kids And A Living Wage
We are seeing the unchallenged power of the NRA beginning to melt in front of our eyes.
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Camillo Mac Bica
I Am a Teacher, Not an Instrument of Violence
I will not carry a weapon in the classroom. I will sacrifice my life, if need be, as other teachers have done, on behalf of my students, but I will not kill.
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Yifat Susskind
Sanctions on North Korea Will Not Lead to Peace. Just Ask Iraqis.
When a country is under economic assault, it is the poorest and most vulnerable citizens that bear the burden, often with disastrous humanitarian consequences.
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In at least six states, American voters have the chance to directly enact legislation that would curb corporate lobbyist influence, raise the minimum wage, enact police reforms, or restore voting rights. (Photo: Calvindexter/Getty Images. Illustration by Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene.) Kevon Paynter
6 States Where Voters Could Push Democracy Forward in the Midterms
From raising the minimum wage to enacting police reforms, here are ballot initiatives progressives should watch in 2018.
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"The intrusion of private interests into U.S. foreign policy under this administration is not limited to the Trumps’ own commercial interests." (Photo: White House) Paul Pillar
The Privatization of U.S. Foreign Policy
The unethical blurring of private interests and public business.
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"If the Pentagon turns its Nuclear Posture Review into reality, the first president who will have some of those more “flexible” nuclear options at his command will be none other than Donald Trump." (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) Rajan Menon
Dr. Strangelove in the Pentagon
Lowering the nuclear threshold and other follies of the new Nuclear Posture Review.
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A White House protest held by Teens for Gun Reform last week in the wake of the Florida school massacre. (Lorie Shaull / Flickr) Chris Hedges
Guns and Liberty
Guns do not protect us from tyranny. They are an instrument of tyranny.
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Paul Buchheit
America's Richest 2% Made More Money in 2017 than the Cost of the Entire Safety Net
Over the past year, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg have together accumulated over $64 billion in new wealth. And the GOP want to cut food stamps?
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Fifty years ago today (February 25, 1968) Pete Seeger sang the controversial anti-war song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show on CBS. Peter Dreier
A Forgotten Political Milestone in TV History
Pete Seeger had been blacklisted from network television since the 1950s.
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Extreme far-right Vice President of the NRA Wayne LaPierre speaks during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. Rivera Sun
Stopping Mass Shootings: Less Finger Pointing, More Action
Find a point of intervention and go to work.
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Then President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean Georges restaurant, November 29, 2016 in New York City. Christopher Brauchli
Romney & Trump: Birds of a Feather
They are cut from the same cloth.
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James "Mad Dog" Mattis Eric Margolis
Why One War When We Can Have Two!
Declaring a future war against China and Russia is a crazy idea. Only draft-dodgers and generals who lost the Vietnam War could come up with it.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Lab Rev. John Dear
The Year of Living Nonviolently
We must take to the streets in public, nonviolent, transformative action.
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A drumline in modern Africa. Before the invention of war about 6,000 years ago, non-lethal war games including drum battles between friendly rivals, were common. Barry Brown
Towards a New Definition of Humanity
These times of violence and conditioned hatreds are the dark blip in a very long history of cooperation.
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AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania. John Atcheson
No, The Founding Fathers Didn't Give You a Right to Bear Arms
That Was a Result of Corporatism and Partisanship Posing as Jurisprudence
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Friday, February 23, 2018
"Too many leaders in business and politics have been willing to do anything to make more money or to gain more power – regardless of the consequences for our society." (Photo: Robert Reich/ Screenshot) Robert Reich
Why the Common Good Disappeared (And How We Get it Back)
The era we are living in offers too many illustrations of greed, narcissism, and hatefulness. But I don’t believe it hopeless.
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"If government employees possess data on current estimates about potential casualties from nuclear war, they should share that information with the public." (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Robert Levering
A Nuclear War Planner’s Guide To Resisting The Bomb
How did we get to the point where nations are prepared to use weapons that can literally destroy all life on the planet?
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"Raising huge sums of money not only gives your campaign resources but is crucial to gaining recognition as a viable candidate by the main parties." (Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Josh Finkelstein
Grassroots Candidates Tout Small Average Contributions
At a time when elections are increasingly dominated by big money, touting that your average donor gives only $44 is meant to signal to voters that your campaign represents regular people.
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 "Money and corruption have seeped so far into our media system that people can with a straight face assert that scientists aren’t sure human carbon emissions are causing global warming." (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Top Ten Signs The US Is The Most Corrupt Nation In The World (2018 Edn.)
American democracy is being corrupted out of existence.
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"This kind of covert consolidation allows Sinclair to skirt the last remaining ownership rules and solidify its unacceptable control over our local communities and the national media conversation." (Photo: Sudarshan V/ Flickr ) Dana Floberg
Don't Be Fooled by Sinclair's Shell Games
They are counting on a complicit FCC to hand-wave away their blatant threats to competition, diversity and localism.
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Matt Gartman walks through the milking parlor at his farm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Photo: Darren Hauck/Getty Images.) Sarah van Gelder
I Was Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide
Wisconsin dairy farmers reminded me not to allow Fox News and the NRA to define groups of people.
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"The problem with this, beyond the fact that this kind of spending on “defense” shrivels social spending to a bare minimum, is that planning for war — celebrating war, glorifying war — has a long-term psychological impact on a large segment of society." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Cheapening Of Human Life
Assault rifles have more rights than schoolchildren.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Rebecca Gordon
The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?
Teaching in a time of wars.
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"My wife’s generous thoughts prevailed over what I believed was my common sense."(Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) César Chelala
A Matter Of Shoes and the Weight of Books and Poetry
Why are there shoeless people?
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A Paraguayan protester dressed as "Uncle Sam" during a 2005 march in Asuncion, Paraguay, against U.S. military forces. (Jorge Saenz / AP) Paul Street
The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony
The death count resulting from “American Era” U.S. foreign policy runs well into the many millions.
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Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the North Carolina General Assembly, in Raleigh. (Photo: Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer, AP) Eliza Newlin Carney
How Long Will Gerrymandered GOP Congressional Maps Stand?
Republicans’ loss in a Pennsylvania case may signal a turning point in the redistricting wars.
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"Government funding bills are no place for anti-democratic measures like these that are designed to keep corporate and billionaire money secret and allow more of it into the political process." (Photo: Getty ) Rachel Curley
Conservative Riders Would Unleash More Big Money In Politics
Given the fact that most Americans know that too much money in the political system is disrupting our democracy, it’s no wonder conservative lawmakers are trying to sneak these provisions through.
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 "We’re talking about the mega-billionaire family behind one of America’s most profitable drug-industry empires, the privately held Purdue Pharma." (Photo: A./flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
The Big Pharma Family that Brought Us the Opioid Crisis
Who will bring to justice the billionaires who have profited so royally from addiction?
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The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (Photo: Anokarina / Flickr) Griffin Bird
I’m an Eagle Scout, and I Don’t Want Pipelines in My Wilderness
A gas pipeline would put a gash the size of a 12-lane highway along the Appalachian Trail. Is nothing sacred?
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As Sheryl Acquaroli, a junior from Stoneman Douglas told CNN after the 36-71 party-line vote: “It seemed almost heartless how they immediately pushed the button to say no.”(Photo: AP) César Chelala
A Word I Shouldn't Use
Days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gun massacre, Florida legislators overwhelmingly voted against legislation that would ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
 "Graham’s message was principally one of fear." (Photo: Duncan Holmes/flickr/cc) Cecil Bothwell
Billy Graham: An Old Soldier Fades Away
An Obituary
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A fish farm. (Photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr/cc)   Brent Patterson
Canadian Company Threatens NAFTA Investor-State Challenge Over Washington State Legislation Against Fish Farms
The Council of Canadians supports a ban on all fish farms.
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  “Monopoly power separated from community control doesn’t work, whether we put that power into the hands of a few billionaires and call it capitalism, or into the hands of a few government bureaucrats and call it socialism.” (Photo: xPACIFICA/Getty) David Korten
Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street
Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.
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Portable solar arrays helped power the Oceti Sakowin Camp, which rose on the north end of the Standing Rock Reservation in the summer and fall of 2016 in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though primarily powered by wood and gasoline, the camps also ran on a great deal of solar. (Photo: Saul Elbein) Saul Elbein
Red Cloud’s Revolution: Oglalla Sioux Freeing Themselves From Fossil Fuel
“People don’t like being on the grid here,” Red Cloud says, “because they’ve been coexisting with the earth – the sun, the wind – for most of their history.”
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"Since the revelations regarding Oxfam, accusations of wrongdoing are surfacing in World Vision, Save the Children, and Christian Aid." (Photo: Screenshot) Mark Schuller
Haiti's Latest Indignity At The Hands Of Dogooders
Oxfam's sex scandal.
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"Reduce inequality through worker empowerment and labor rights, with better wages and benefits and an end to perverse CEO incentives and compensation." (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Richard Eskow
A Pledge to Transform the Resistance, and America
11 ways we can make our lives better.
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 "In Gaza, 1.3 million Palestinian refugees, who comprise 70 percent of Gaza’s population, depend on UNRWA for food assistance." (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib AP images) Marjorie Cohn
Trump Makes the Crisis Worse for Palestinian Refugees
“Any reduction of aid would be a death sentence for refugees in Gaza.”
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
"But what do you expect from a society that worships wealth? Just as money is our god, the economists are our clergy." (Photo: Gadflyonthewallblog) Steven Singer
Economists Don’t Know Crap About Education
Education isn’t a transaction — it’s a transformation.
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"It also did not matter to the Harper government that prisons farms had been proven to reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of employability once inmates involved were released." (Photo: Rebecca Siegel) Lois Ross
Canada Needs A Progressive National Food Policy
Reinstate the prison farm system and support family farmers.
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Her tireless activism earned her the nickname “Grande Dame of the Everglades.”(Photo: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Peter Dreier
Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
The woman after whom the high school were 17 students were killed is named was a remarkable progressive activist — much like the students now demanding real gun control.
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 "As the Arctic melts due to climate change, which is being driven by our fossil fuel addiction, the fossil fuel industry is now exploiting the increasingly ice-free region." (Photo: NOAA Photo Library) Andy Rowell
2018 Starts With “Record Lows In Arctic Sea Ice Extent”
“Sea ice fell to its lowest level since human civilization began more than 12,000 years ago.”
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"Is the U.S. military actually the correct tool with which to combat persistent terrorism?" (Photo: Amy Statton/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
Trump’s National Defense Strategy
Something for Everyone (in the Military-Industrial Complex)
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"Mass school shootings will not be ended by increasing school preparedness, arming teachers, or asking our children to hide." (Photo: Library of Congress) Lisa Beringer
‘Duck and Cover’ Wasn’t Viable Then, and It Isn’t Now
The NRA spends millions every year to convince us that semi-automatic weapons should be in the hands of civilians.
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Monday, February 19, 2018
Political theorist and activist Clara Zetkin (1857-1933). (Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
How We Fight Fascism
The discredited ideals of democracy are replaced by a hypernationalism that divides the population not by class but between the patriotic and the unpatriotic.
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"Eviscerating the SCC, lowering taxes on corporations and the ultra-rich, rolling back environmental and other regulations, and increasing the deficit is like putting the economy on steroids, and it’s no surprise that the stock market responded.  But the fact is, these measures actually impoverish us over the long term." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) John Atcheson
“Trump's Economy” Started On January 21, 2018
He’s taking bows for the hard work and hard choices made by others.
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“Why are peace and nonviolence impossible to embrace as national values?” (Photo: Rudi Riet/Flickr/cc) Randall Amster
Young America
Perhaps we will someday look back on this time in a manner similar to how Gandhi saw India a century ago, on the cusp of a mass mobilization aimed at rebuilding a nation.
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 "All our government and the President can do is send thoughts and prayers; then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”  (Photo: Screengrab from CNN video) César Chelala
A Student’s Message To Politicians About The Florida Massacre
“If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association."
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"Increasing the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for nearly nine years, would lift millions of workers out of poverty." (Photo: Fight for 15) Lawrence Wittner
The Trump Administration’s War on Workers
Given the central role that organized labor plays in defending workers’ rights, it’s hardly surprising that the Trump administration has sought to weaken American unions.
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"So, in short, Russia is highly regarded by the Donald Trumps of the world because it is a military power—and not much else." (Photo: Foreign Policy In Focus) Alec Dubro
Trump’s Racist View Of Russia And Mexico
The president wants to wall off one and welcome the other. Does racism have anything to do with it?
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 "While vast resources were devoted to overthrowing Assad, the effort ultimately failed, but not before causing massive bloodshed and displacing millions of Syrians." (Photo: Domenico/flickr/cc) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Ending America’s Disastrous Role in Syria
Faced with an alarming risk of a renewed escalation of fighting, it’s time for the United Nations Security Council to step in and end the bloodshed.
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"There is little to be gained from using education practices that highlight gender differences, as opposed to emphasizing commonalities and meeting students where they are as individuals." (Photo: Tyler Olson/Shutterstock) Galen Sherwin
Where Does #MeToo Start?
Teaching methods frequently cast boys as active or dominant, and girls as passive or submissive — stereotypes that normalize the power dynamics that lead to abuse and harassment.
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"From 2003 to the formal withdrawal of US fighting forces in 2011, the war took the lives of 4,500 Americans and well over 150,000 Iraqi civilians." (Photo: Reuters) James Zogby
The Iraq War: Fifteen Years Later
The most consequential disaster in recent US history.
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Justin Anderson
Media Embrace New 'Reform' Group as Bulwark Against Guaranteed Healthcare
A new bipartisan advocacy group called the United States of Care looks as if it will attempt to throw a wrench into plans to make Medicare for All a signature issue in upcoming elections.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Ben Manski
After Trump and Obama: A President’s Day Resolution to Abolish the Presidency
The presidencies of the twentyteens have shown us both the limits of the presidency for a majoritarian progressive politics as well as the beginnings of the dangers of the presidency when wielded by a minority reactionary politics.
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Rebecca Kessler
Rewriting Biological History: Trump Border Wall Puts Wildlife at Risk
A wall running the entire nearly 2,000-mile frontier from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, conservationists warn, would be catastrophic for borderland ecosystems and many wildlife species, undoing years of environmental cooperation between the two countries to protect animals that must move...
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Andrew Smith
Brexit Means…More Arms Dealing to Human Rights Abusers
The UK has a long and inglorious history of political and military support for dictatorships. Ministerial statements suggest Brexit will make it even worse.
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Demonstrators take part in a "Keep it in the Ground" protest in Vancouver on Nov. 29, 2015. (Photo: Christopher Porter/flickr/cc) Linda McQuaig
Climate Change Won’t Wait for Political Change
While just about everyone acknowledges climate change is bad, actually taking action to stop it continues to be wildly controversial, and Big Oil remains hidden behind the curtain.
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A depiction of former Prime Minister Tony Blair is seen at a Stop the War demonstration on Jan. 29, 2010. (Photo: Jasn/flickr/cc) Eric Margolis
There Is No Justice in Our World
The western leaders who engineered this criminal war against Iraq deserve to be brought to book.
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Demonstrators walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on October 28, 2017 to mark the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: Working Families Party/flickr/cc) Sylvia Chi
Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral—and Practical
Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal.
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Christian Christensen
Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?
The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?”
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