All Views Articles

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
"While large-scale solar has grown here, the national marketplace is moving toward solar-with-storage at homes, businesses and parking areas." (Photo: Becker1999/Flickr/cc) Jim Warren
Solar With Storage Surges as Gas Falls
All the economics and technology are available to rapidly replace coal and “natural” gas, save billions and create thousands of jobs across rural and urban North Carolina
Read more
John Feffer
The Case for Imposing Sanctions on Donald Trump and His US-Based Business Empire
It's time for Americans to get a taste of their own medicine. The world should blacklist Trump, his associates, and his businesses.
Read more
Ann Mari May and Mary McGarvey are co-authors of a new study examining gender gaps among European economists.(Photo: Craig Chandler/University Communication)  Lucy Goodchild van Hilten
Why We Need More Women Involved in Creating Environmental Policy
A new study shows female economists are more likely to support environmental policies than their male counterparts
Read more
"These monopolies are not merely un-American, they're virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity for all." (Photo: Getty) Jim Hightower
Monopoly or Democracy?
Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both of those things in their wealthy hands to establish a de facto American aristocracy
Read more
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Greg Coleridge
Confirming Kavanaugh Is Not Affirming Democracy
Based on Kavanaugh’s own past decisions, of affirming, and likely expanding, constitutional rights of corporations at the expense of human rights, and limiting our ability to protect our ecosystem from further plunder and outright collapse
Read more
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Ralph Nader
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook— Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones, and Wasted Burning Profits
Apple’s business model rests on low wage-labor in China and gouging iPhone consumers in the U.S. The federal cops on the corporate antitrust beat have been asleep for years— a somnolence well recognized by Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google.
Read more
"We could rapidly become 4 degrees warmer than today, as we spiral out of control very quickly, as one domino knocks another over. In fact, have we already started spiralling?" (Photo: AP) Andy Rowell
Are We Descending Into Hothouse Earth?
The new normal could become a whole lot worse
Read more
"Trump calls the news media “the Enemy of the People,” a phrase that blood-soaked totalitarian regimes have used to justify assassinations and purges." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Eugene Robinson
Trump’s Rally Rhetoric Is Going to Get Somebody Killed
The GOP has lost its mind
Read more
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Medicare for All Makes A Lot of Sense
The current system is an outrage, and Americans express less satisfaction with the health care system than do their counterparts abroad.
Read more
Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" speaks onstage at IGNITION: Future of Media at Time Warner Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) Madeline Peltz
Watching Tucker Carlson Eats At My Soul. Here’s Why I Do It Anyway
Fox News is still the highest-viewed news network in the country, which means the stories it focuses on and the language it uses to report them holds a tremendous amount of sway
Read more
"If the ruling stands, it could result in an unprecedented level of public disclosure about Trump’s businesses, something he has fiercely resisted." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr) Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Encouraging Progress in Prying Open Trump’s Finances
A judge has defined the Constitution’s anti-corruption clauses for the first time. And it’s not good news for the president
Read more
'The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not have this option when the bombs fell, when they were crushed in their own homes, and when they died by the thousands from radiation poisoning for decades after." (Photo: AP Photo/U.S. Army) Emilie K. Clark
What Do We Teach Our Students About Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
I have worked in four different high schools in New York City, and have hardly heard these nuclear disasters mentioned
Read more
Monday, August 6, 2018
"Despite the sharp decline in interstate conflicts and deaths of military personnel, the significant number of deaths of civilians in the civil wars continues to pose threat." (Photo: Sergeeva Leka via Shutterstock) Sajjad Hussain
Drifting Away from Peace
According to a new study, peaceful countries are getting more peaceful while the violent are getting more violent
Read more
"Dunlap laid out quite clearly the obvious fact that the commission's true purpose was to validate the president*'s horse-hockey about how three to five million illegal votes were cast."(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty) Charles P. Pierce
This Was as Grave an Attack on Our Democracy as the Russian Meddling
Except it was waged by the vice president and Kris Kobach
Read more
“Afghan peace is needed for Afghans like water for a thirsty man.” (Photo: Flickr/MilitaryHealth/CC) Dr. Hakim
Can Afghans Convince Us That the Method of War Isn’t Effective?
For them, war not only doesn’t work, it results in more war, verifying a report that in the ongoing ‘global war against terrorism’ from 2001 to 2015, terrorism increased nine fold
Read more
Rev. John Dear
Breaking Through the Normalcy of Los Alamos on Hiroshima Day
The normalcy of Los Alamos is so inhumanly, grotesquely, demonically abnormal as to seem perfectly reasonable
Read more
On the list of presidential liars: Shortly after being told of the 9/11 attacks of 2001, George W. Bush confers with administration members at a Florida school he was visiting. Months later, he would lie to the American people as he sought to justify an invasion of Iraq partly on the basis of the attacks. (Photo: The U.S. National Archives) Paul Street
The American Sea of Deception
While we’ve never seen anything on Trump’s psychotic scale, the problem of U.S. presidential deception goes way back in American history
Read more
"The war on terror has been going on for so long that two of this year’s inductees played roles in it, one of them perhaps the most famous commando of his generation." (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Nick Turse
The Legacy of Infinite War
Special Ops, Generational Struggle, and the Cooperstown of Commandos
Read more
The skyline of Manhattan at sunset in New York, May 23, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Naomi Klein
Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature”
We humans really were on the brink of saving ourselves in the ’80s, but were swamped by a tide of elite, free-market fanaticism — one that was opposed by millions of people around the world
Read more
“People don’t believe in government. Every time someone interacts with government it’s a shitty experience. So you’ve got to make it less shitty.”(Photo: TedxUofM Conference/Flickr/cc) Nathan J. Robinson
Abdul El-Sayed’s Campaign Is a Test for Leftism in the Midwest
He’s not quite like anyone else in American politics
Read more
A young girl prays after floating a candle lit paper lantern on the river during 70th anniversary activities, comemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2015 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Robert Dodge
Hibakusha and Hope in the Nuclear Age
The renewed arms race threatens us and everything we care about every moment of every day
Read more
"Huge blazes in California have destroyed over 1,500 homes and killed at least eight people." (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
America in Peril
This is just a tiny taste of our coming future if climate change is not halted
Read more
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Two chilren play at the beach Norah Vawter
A Letter to My Child on a Changing Planet
Lots of big stuff is at stake as the climate changes. But so are everyday pleasures we take for granted — like hikes in the woods, days on the beach, and lazy summer days.
Read more
A Hitler figurine Tom Valovic
Humanity’s Pickle: A Penchant for Undeserving Leaders
Strongmen and other unworthy leaders who have historically risen to power have done so largely by becoming masters of manipulating fear.
Read more
Ellen and Stephen Gerhart watching tree cutting. Karen Feridun
Justice Mocked in Pennsylvania
Ellen Gerhart was sentenced for her protest against Energy Transfer Partners' pipeline
Read more
Women hold signs reading 'Peace' and 'Enough! Bring the troops home now!' Maya Evans
Marching for Peace: From Helmand to Hiroshima
Perhaps the silver lining of the Trump cloud is that people are finally starting to wake up and see the complete lack of wisdom behind the U.S. and its hostile foreign and domestic policies
Read more
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Coffee beans on a tree John Vandermeer, Ivette Perfecto
Coffee and the Shock Doctrine in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria quickly became an unprecedented human disaster because the destruction of Puerto Rican economy and society had long been underway .
Read more
A view from the Yasuní national park. Esteban Suárez
Biodiversity and the Society of Superlatives
We must move beyond the mercantile mindset of perceiving everything only in terms of numbers, where “more” or “bigger” necessarily mean “better.”
Read more
The sky above Soda Bay, Calif. is seen on July 30, 2018 as the River Fire burns. Mel Gurtov
While Rome (and Most Everywhere Else) Burns
The Trump administration is taking action, but in precisely the wrong direction .
Read more
A monarch butterfly on milkweed Meena Miriam Yust
Why Treaty Protection Is Needed for Migratory Pollinators
Butterflies are not protected under any treaty, and consequently their populations are in danger.
Read more
Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner speaks on stage during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Juan Cole
Jared Kushner Tries to Strip Refugee Status, Aid from Millions of Displaced Palestinians
Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor is reportedly pushing to close UNRWA
Read more
Friday, August 3, 2018
"Fixing our broken farm policy and ensuring a functional marketplace where farmers are paid fairly would."(Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Patty Lovera
Trump’s Farmer "Bailout," Explained
And what we really need to do to get agriculture back on track
Read more
"Albence’s testimony should drive home that there is nothing the Trump administration will not say to defend the indefensible."(Photo: US Customs and Border Protection/Flickr) Amrit Cheng
3 Reasons Why Immigration Detention Centers Are Not Like ‘Summer Camp’
It’s a ludicrous statement, entirely disconnected from reality or any semblance of humanity
Read more
Vernon Haltom, executive director of Coal River Mountain Watch, testified before a congressional subcommittee this week about the impact of coal mining on Appalachian communities. (Image is a still from the official video) Vernon Haltom
Witnessing Coal's Death March
"Whether it's coal to Asia, coal waste to oil, coal to plastics, or coal to rainbows and unicorns, that coal is mined from the bones and the lungs of people who can never be fairly compensated for their injuries or their lives."
Read more
"Racism has been an essential part of the Republican playbook for decades. Elected over and over as defenders of white working people’s “way of life,” the GOP has reliably used its political power to make its rich donors richer."(Photo: Getty) Tim Koechlin
Unholy Trinity: Trumpism, Racism and Profits
Blaming the hard times suffered by struggling whites on “undeserving” people of color – is as old as America
Read more
A snarky sign seen in San Francisco. Dean Baker
The Trump Administration's Giant F**k You to Working People: Playing Games with Capital Gains Tax Rates
As the Republican motto goes, "tax cuts are for rich people."
Read more
Cattle in central California. Ben Lilliston
Stop Meat Companies from Rigging the Grass-fed Market
The deceptive use of “Product of U.S.A” in labeling imported beef hurts ranchers, consumers, and the environment
Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018
"For Republican pols, Trump is merely the cost of doing business." (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP) Mike Lofgren
C’mon, Just Say It!
Why can’t journalists state the obvious?
Read more
"We can’t cage children or slap them in chemical straitjackets and call it security." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Border Security: Wall vs. Principles
Is it possible that what makes America great isn’t its separation from, and power over, the rest of the world, but its connection to it?
Read more
"This practice should be banned immediately, as it was before the Reagan administration." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Ban Share Buybacks
The most immediately objectionable consequence of share buybacks is they come at the expense of wages
Read more
Mayhem Is Our President Michael Winship
Mayhem Is Our President
A manchild at the wheel, a raccoon gnawing at the nation’s wires, a walking calamity that lurks around every corner
Read more
Nomi Prins
We Will Have to Face the Consequences of Donald Trump Getting His Hands on the Economy
Each arbitrary bit of presidential pique, each tweet and insult, is a predecessor to yet more possible economic upheavals and displacements
Read more
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on Syria at the Pentagon April 13, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Vijay Prashad
Empire in Decline, Really? The American War Machine Continues to Grow
Everything the Trump administration does is geared toward intimidation and war.
Read more
John Bolton have been pushing for war with Iran for years. John Feffer
The War Before the Iran War
Division in the ranks of the conservative movement is a critical sign that a war with Iran isn't inevitable.
Read more
Lawrence Wittner
Trump's Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There's a Better Alternative Than the Establishment's Version
It would be a mistake to yearn for undisputed U.S. "leadership," or for U.S.-led military alliances. A better alternative is global governance.
Read more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
"The vast majority of American workers have lost just about all their bargaining power." (Photo: Michael Fleshman) Robert Reich
Why Wages Are Going Nowhere
America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a good jobs crisis
Read more
"Local governments weighing whether to sign on to Amazon’s marketplace should consider this growing movement around inclusive, local procurement."(Photo: Shutterstock) Katie Parker
Amazon’s Worst Bargain Yet
The retail behemoth wants your local government's business, but there's a hidden cost to low prices: Local businesses get shut out
Read more
Justin Anderson
Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works
A single study by a think tank with an anti-tax agenda eaten up like candy by many corporate and mainstream news outlet who missed the real story the analysis showed
Read more
"If you base decisions on misleading “intelligence” on Iran, the inevitable result will be a great deal worse than the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq." (Photo: Domenico/Flickr/cc) Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
VIPS to Trump: Intel on Iran Could be Catastrophic
As drums beat again for war — this time on Iran—-the VIPS’ warning is again being disregarded as it was before the Iraq debacle and this time VIPS fear the consequences will be CATASTROPHIC
Read more
"Congress should hold a hearing to inquire about CBP’s actions to refuse and delay asylum applications at ports of entry." (Photo: llana Panich Linsman/ACLU) Astrid Dominguez, Mike Seifert
At US Ports of Entry, the Government Is Denying Asylum to Those Seeking Refuge
One supervisor, when confronted about a mother and child who had been sitting on the bridge for days, candidly admitted, “I don’t really care.”
Read more
"Rudy may have reason to believe the Robert Mueller may be close to charging Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort–and possibly President Trump himself–with conspiracy against the United States." (Photo: PBS/flickr/cc) Miles Mogulescu
Memo to Rudy: Collusion Isn’t a Crime, But Conspiracy Is
They know full well, collusion can be a crime, and the legal term for it is “conspiracy.”
Read more
"Now some elected officials — all Democrats — are also calling for elimination or reform of ICE." (Photo: Ken Wolter/ Haley Hinkle, Rachel Levinson-Waldman
The Abolish ICE Movement Explained
Behind the growing chorus calling for eliminating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Read more
Ady Barkan, activist and co-director of Be A Hero. after participating at a panel discussion about criminal justice reform in City Hall. (Photo: Will Bunch) Will Bunch
Dying From ALS, Ady Barkan Will Save U.S. Democracy if It's the Last Thing He Does
“We’re on the verge of a political revolution.”
Read more
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
"Those facing deportation have no constitutional right to appointed counsel." (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Richard Rodriguez, Joy Moses
Lawyering Up on Immigration in the Trump Era
Immigrants are uniquely vulnerable to efforts to undermine the rule of law
Read more
Jamie Longazel
Trump Bringing Familiar Politics of Division to Pennsylvania Coal Country
At Thursday's rally, Republican senate candidate Lou Barletta and Trump will do their best to emphasize the differences of those who live in this region. Like the coal barons before them, they’ll look working class Pennsylvanians in the eye and tell them economic policies that favor the rich are...
Read more
"For every dollar a millionaire gives to charity, the public subsidizes 37 to 57 cents of that donation through diminished tax revenue." Chuck Collins, Helen Flannery
If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity
Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady "charity" accounts in the face of urgent community needs
Read more
Thom Hartmann
Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble—His Desperate Attempts to Escape It Could Lead America to Catastrophe
We should talk about and prepare against any drastic measures from war to martial law Trump may undertake to escape his crises.
Read more
"We urgently need a comprehensive approach to the problem." (Image: Food & Water Watch) Hannah McKinnon
As California Burns, Nobel Peace Laureates Call on Governor Brown to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Production
Like many self-identified “climate leaders,” California is dangerously ignoring the reality that in order to meaningfully tackle climate change we have to address fossil fuel production
Read more
"As a religious minority in a country where their faith makes them potential victims of hate crimes, Muslims have stronger reasons than most Americans for believing in and practicing religious tolerance, not holy war." (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Arnold R. Isaacs
American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts
The con game of anti-Muslims
Read more
"Unless Trump fires Mueller and gets away with it, the president’s supporters can expect additional phases of depression."(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Bill Blum
Paul Manafort and the Five Stages of 'Mueller Derangement Syndrome'
The syndrome is most prevalent among Trump supporters, whose ranks range from off-the-hinge zealots like Alex Jones to the hacks on Fox News and, of course, the president’s biggest cheerleader—himself
Read more
Stacy Bannerman
Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?
The money misspent on the Iraq War—a war for oil, let’s not forget— could have purchased the planetary conversion to renewable energy. Just sit with that a moment.
Read more
Monday, July 30, 2018
Trita Parsi
Trump's Offer to Meet With Iran's President Rouhani Won't Get Us a Better Deal. We Had Our Chance and Lost It.
Iran has offered American deals to end their nuclear programs before, but we preferred belligerency to diplomacy
Read more
"Geo has turned into a household name in recent weeks for profiting off the youth and family detention centers that have become hallmarks of President Donald Trump’s inhumane immigration policies." (Photo: Negin Owliaei
Lancaster Shows How to Say No to Geo Group
A Pennsylvania county goes up against a giant of the private prison industry, and comes out victorious
Read more
“It is sobering to witness how swiftly scientists’ worst predictions have come true, from the lethal heat wave gripping Japan to the record temperatures in Europe to the flames exploding near the Arctic Circle. ” (Photo: FEMA) Andy Rowell
California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time”
As climate change creates its own weather, how many more people have to die, how many of our children do we have to bury or how many brave fire-fighters put their lives in danger, before society acts decisively?
Read more
 "From DC, I returned to New York, a city that’s just spent hundreds of millions of public dollars on subway renovations that totally ignored one in six New Yorkers."(Photo: Emily Ladau/Twitter) Laura Flanders
Ominous Silence on the Anniversary of the ADA
The first two years of the Trump administration marked the first time that this landmark civil rights anniversary passed without official anything
Read more
Nancy Altman
It’s Medicare’s 53rd Birthday—It’s Time Everyone Had It
Medicare for All is coming. It is coming because it is profoundly wise policy and profoundly winning politics.
Read more
"The terror that ICE raids sow in our communities affects us all." (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Hamid Yazdan Panah
ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond the Border
The United States detains more immigrants than any other country in the world, and ICE’s ballooning budget and expansive detention policies run the risk of reshaping the character of our country
Read more
Pianta and Ansari note in the study that previous research on the impact of school voucher programs “cast doubt on any clear conclusion that private schools are superior in producing student performance.”(Photo: iStock) Valerie Strauss
No, Private Schools Aren’t Better at Educating Kids Than Public Schools. Why This New Study Matters
The results confirm what earlier research found but are especially important amid a movement to privatize public education
Read more
The destruction of the Great Mosque in Mosul (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) James Zogby
Foolish Wars Have Consequences
Countless civilan deaths, millions displaced, decimation of entire cities and the spread of extremism
Read more
"The economics of the moment call for a political response – with policies that eliminate poverty, strengthen the middle class, and end the banking sector’s stranglehold on the economy." (Photo: Fed Up/Steve McFarland Photography) Richard Eskow
An Economy in the Fast Lane – With No Brakes
When the next recession hits, the working people of the United States will pay the steepest price
Read more
"I’ve been teaching for 40 years and I don’t recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this country, and making it work for all and not just a few." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
6 Reasons for Hope in Trump Times
The fate of this nation depends on every one of us becoming an activist, joining with others, and reclaiming this land from those bent on destroying it
Read more
Sina Toossi
Why Trump's Iran Policy is Bound to Fail
The administration's aggressive policies evokes past destructive foreign interventions against Iran.
Read more
Robert Epstein
What's Going On With Donald Trump's Mental State? No Principles, Just Gusts of Wind
Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.
Read more
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Still from ACORN and the Firestorm © Courtesy of Pandora Film Center | photo by Tony Azios Peter Dreier
The Right-Wing Firestorm That Rages On
A new documentary reveals how the right-wing attack on the national, grassroots anti-poverty group ACORN was a dress rehearsal for our current toxic political culture.
Read more
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her victory in New York's 14th congressional district with supporters on June 26. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Peter Bloom
Strong Progressives Vs. Weak Conservatives
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t moving to the Right, She is Shifting What is considered right to the Left
Read more
Donald Trump & Michael Cohen Tony Norman
What an Incompetent Conspiracy Sounds Like
Not making any value judgments here, but Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s onetime consigliere, “fixer” and designated punching bag, is turning out to be something of a rat. I say that with...
Read more
Ray McGovern with Ahed Tammy and unknown villager after teens in Nabil Salah fought off Israeli soldiers. Ray McGovern
Ahed Tamimi and Her Mother are Free - Sort Of
Ahed Tamimi and her mother were freed from prison on Sunday and Ray McGovern looks back on when he met the Tammy family last year in their West Bank village and reflects on the spirit that drives them.
Read more
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Don’t be fooled by those who try to say that Kavanaugh is a centrist. It’s a lie. Cici Battle
What Do Young People Stand to Lose with Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court? Our Lives.
Young people have been on the front lines of so many progressive movements in our country for decades. We’re seeing that trend continue in 2018, as a surge of young people fed up with the growing...
Read more
Peace in Trump's Time
It must be a peace without victory. . . only a peace between equals can last. - Woodrow Wilson, Address to the Senate, January 12, 1917 Once again, Mr. Trump has shown the world that he is a...
Read more
Democratic House candidate Kara Eastman waves to passing motorists in Omaha, Nebraska on May 15, 2018. (Nati Harnik/AP) Stephanie Taylor, Alex Lawson
We Need a Public Option for Prescription Drugs
There is no good reason or justification for continuing with business as usual
Read more
Vallejo has been hit hard by poverty, unemployment, and drug problems and was nearly devastated by the housing market crash of 2008, but its mayor believes the transformational power of beauty will help the city turn around. John de Graaf
A California City That’s Taking Beauty Seriously
Vallejo is working on conserving open space and beautifying the city as part of a national campaign to unite Americans
Read more
China is developing a sophisticated green energy industry while the US government denies the existence of man made climate change. Here a wind farm in western China. Reese Erlich
US Losing Trade War with China
When I first reported from China in 1980, bicycles outnumbered cars on Beijing's major streets, and the tallest building in town was a 25-story hotel. I visited a small village that had one black and...
Read more
Trump's Iran tweet may trap US in another war Eric Margolis
The Looming War Against Iran
President Donald Trump and his neocon advisors have been trying to provoke a war with Iran and Syria for many months. The neocons are echoing Cato the Elder’s cry, ‘delenda est Carthago!’. Iran must...
Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018
An AT&T store sign Gaurav Laroia
How the AT&T-Time Warner Deal Could Ruin the Open Internet
Even in an age of increasing consolidation, the AT&T-Time Warner merger is a big one.
Read more
 NASA image of the United States of America at night Tom Engelhardt
Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s
Each of us might, sooner or later, be thought of as a kind of failed experiment that ends in the ultimate failure: death. And in some ways, the same thing might be said of states and empires.
Read more
"It is time for us all to put aside ideological differences and unite in solidarity with people around the world who are engaging in non-violent resistance against this assault on WikiLeaks and our right to free speech." (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) Nozomi Hayase
Why Americans Need to Defend Julian Assange’s Freedom
Criminalizing the act of publishing through the Espionage Act destroys the First Amendment as the guardian of democracy
Read more
"Country-First Conservative support Trump because he's giving them what they want: a commitment to a white Christian nation." (Photo: Susan Walsh / AP) Bob Burnett
Trump Supporters, Hiding in Plain Sight
A commitment to a white Christian nation, the status quo and an economic model that works for the few
Read more
Trader Michael Urkonis, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange early this month. Most of the more than $1 trillion federal tax cut benefiting corporations went into stock buybacks, not raises for rank and file workers. (Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press) Will Bunch
That Raise You Were Promised Last Year? Wall Street Took It From You
Believe it or not, there are actually things that Congress can do to ensure that working-class people get their raise, which don’t involve throwing wads of cash at a CEO and hoping he won’t blow it all on his fifth vacation home
Read more
"Fiscally squeezed state and local governments simply began reneging on their pension responsibilities." (Photo: Bill Fugliano/Getty) Sam Pizzigati
Creating Pension Plan Chaos for Teachers, Firefighters, and Cops
Hedge fund billionaires have been feasting off the futures of public employees — and the publics they serve
Read more
Thursday, July 26, 2018
"Back to every political and bureaucratic cruelty “our team” commits in defiance of the likely wishes of a true democratic majority."(Photo: Cleo Leng/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
A World Designed by Playground Bullies
The money just isn’t there for most social programs, but it’s there for war, surveillance and incarceration
Read more
"It would be easy for news watchers to see that the Democratic Party is much more committed to a hard line against Russia than a hard line against the corporate forces imposing extreme economic inequality here at home." (Screenshot: NBC News) Norman Solomon
GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin
Amplifying the anti-Russia din helps to drown out the left’s core messages for economic fairness, equal rights, environmental protection, diplomacy and so much more
Read more
"People of color are already disproportionately harmed by police practices, and it’s easy to see how Rekognition could exacerbate that." (Photo: ACLU)  Jacob Snow
Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots
The false matches were disproportionately of people of color
Read more
On many major issues, from civil rights to voting, the environment to business, who benefits from local policy varies from state to state. And it depends on who makes up your community, who votes in local elections, and who gets the power.  (Photo: Frederick Bass/Getty Images) Chris Winters
Power Grows Closer to Home as Big Government Fails Us
It will be up to the states, the cities, the communities, and the people to rebuild a unified state
Read more
Strikers protest on July 16 at one of the warehouse truck entrances during the Amazon strike. (Photo: Lito Lizana/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)   Rebecca Burns
How European Workers Coordinated This Month's Massive Amazon Strike—And What Comes Next
“We Are Humans, Not Robots.”
Read more
"The information that could bring down Trump — and that presumably Robert Mueller is trying to obtain — may be somewhere in the Deutsche Bank files." (Photo: by HomeArt/Shutterstock) John Feffer
Trump’s Dirty Money
Now that Trump has improbably failed all the way up to the White House, Russian money may well be the cause of his political demise
Read more
"In spite of its unmatched military capabilities in the Middle East, its strong cultural institutions, its technological capacities, and its high standards of living with respect to the other states in the region, Israel has negotiated peace agreements only with Egypt and Jordan."(Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad
Chomsky, Prashad, Hedges and Other Leading Intellectuals: Denuclearize the Middle East
American political decision makers, as well as Israeli political leaders, need to rethink their political, military, economic, and cultural policies in the region
Read more
“Unfortunately, people are always taking an issue that relates to women and children and turning it into politics." (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Trump Has Found a Way to Make Enemies of Breastfeeding Mothers
Trump bends over backward to help profit-hungry infant formula industry
Read more
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Supporters of the Iran nuclear accord rally outside the White House on Oct. 12, 2017. Medea Benjamin
Who Will Stop Trump From Tweeting Us into War With Iran?
The president hopes we’ll break our Russia tunnel vision and set sights on Iran. We should.
Read more
A young girl holds a flag in front of a sign reading 'Re-imagine.' Lee Camp
American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths
These myths are accepted and basically never questioned.
Read more
President Donald Trump waves as he returns from Kansas City, Missouri to the White House on July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Thom Hartmann
Trump Simply Can’t Pull Anything Off—Even His Most Nefarious Plots
Trump will go down as the most dangerously corrupt and tragically incompetent president in America’s history.
Read more