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Thursday, May 21, 2020
We must disarm our concept of social order. This means a different sort of training for police officers—less target practice, more psychological awareness. (Photo: Kevin Cortopassi/Flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Rethinking Public Safety: Trust vs. Force
We need to start over: set down the guns and strip this system down to the bone, with the intention of rebuilding our social infrastructure on a foundation of trust, cooperation and a belief in the sanctity of life.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
It will be impractical, and in many places impossible, to safely conduct the election in 2020 unless the numbers voting on Election Day are greatly reduced. (Photo: Shutterstock) Bernie Horn
To Save Lives—and Democracy—We Need to Vote by Mail
We need tens of millions of fewer Americans voting at the polls. Sending ballots in the mail is the simplest solution.
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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter) Alec Connon
In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little
Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic.
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Violence by an intimate partner is the leading cause of injury to women 15 to 44 years old.  (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) H. Patricia Hynes
Women Have Risen to Heroic Heights During Covid-19
Yet, the global pandemic in physical and sexual violence against women continues unabated and worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fortunately, we have an alternative to this fossil-fuelled, neoliberal capitalist normal: the Green New Deal. (Photo: Climate Justice Ottawa) Claire O’Manique
The Way Out of the COVID-19 Crisis Is a Green New Deal
This crisis has reinforced what we already know—our current economic system is leading us down a path of destruction.
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The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Getty Images) Donald K. Sherman
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
The President’s attack on inspector general independence at the Department of Transportation deserves just as much public scrutiny as all the rest.
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Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper "insisted a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Canada 'came close' to defaulting on its debt—hitting the debt wall—in the '90s. It’s a scary tale, but not even remotely true," writes Linda McQuaig. (Photo: Stephen Harper/flickr/cc) Linda McQuaig
Let’s Not Be Duped Again By Deficit Hawks Peddling Austerity
We could actually be on our way to a very different and promising future. But, count on it, the deficit hawks will soon be circling menacingly overhead, hell-bent on preventing any diversion from the austerity they’ve confined us to for decades.
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The lack of rights and livable benefits in many companies makes these workers particularly vulnerable, working in an industry that relies on efficiency to meet market demand. (Photo: AP/Nati Harnik) Emily Folk
Coronavirus and the Inhumane Treatment of Meat Packers
The meat industry has always been exploitative of employees—but the coronavirus has exposed the poor working conditions of meat packers who are getting sick at alarming rates.
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Local news outlets cover stories and offer community-level information—potentially lifesaving during a global pandemic—that national outlets will never provide. (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Victor Pickard
The Answer to the Media Industry's Woes? Publicly Owned Newspapers.
Newspapers must be for the people. It’s worth investing our tax dollars in them.
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Vandana Shiva
Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity
Protecting bees is an ecological duty, pushing them to extinction is an ecological crime. The threat to bees is a threat to humanity.
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 Maria Mora came to find information about her claim but found the California State Employment Development Department was closed due to coronavirus concerns on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Canoga Park, CA. (Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Mark Dudzic, Richard Master
Medicare Is Best Way to Cover the Millions of Americans Whose Health Insurance Has Been Taken Away
This solution is the most seamless for patients, and the most cost-effective approach for taxpayers. Plus, it prevents an unnecessary and massive transfer of government money to America’s health insurance companies.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The UN Security Council meets on the situation in Syria at UN headquarters in October 2019. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mary Altaffer) Michael Lynk
Canada Missing in Action on Israel's Proposed Annexation of the West Bank
Canada has developed a debilitating case of diplomatic laryngitis on this issue.
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Every level of the U.S. government has shown, time and again, that the default setting is to leave the vulnerable behind. But Americans themselves are challenging that approach. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Negin Owliaei
Reopening the Economy Is a Death Sentence for Workers
The wealthy may be fine with sacrificing the vulnerable, but workers are fighting for the sanctity of human life.
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Near the Capitol in Washington, people attend a rally in 2019 to mark the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended public school segregation and fueled the civil rights movement. (Photo:Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Remembering the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
The Supreme Court decision fueled the civil rights movement and the call for voting rights that are now under assault across the country.
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Musk’s thin-skinned, petulant narcissism bears an uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump, who last week tweeted, "California should let Tesla and @elonmusk open the plant, NOW."(Photo: flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The Privileged and Powerful in the Pandemic
Those in power must stop viewing the pandemic as an obstacle to personal ambition.
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Last Friday, Trump notified Congress of the removal of Steve Linick, the State Department’s inspector general. This was reportedly done at Secretary Mike Pompeo’s urging to ensure a friendlier IG was at the helm so Pompeo could avoid accountability in at least two investigations Linick was pursuing into his actions. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Elizabeth Shackelford
Trump’s Inspector General Purge and the Death of Dissent
A government without avenues for dissent is a dangerous authority indeed.
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In the U.S., a variety of evangelical religious leaders have failed the test of reasoned public policy in outrageous ways. (Photo: CC) Juan Cole
Fundamentalist Pandemics
What evangelicals could learn from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam
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President Donald Trump hands out pens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) after signing the CARES act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Never Have So Few Done So Much to Destroy America
Comparing Trump to Winston Churchill is a laugh riot.
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In the midst of this pandemic, we must do everything possible to spare millions of animals from unnecessary suffering and death. (Photo: Peakpx) Joseph Winters
Rather Than Cull Millions of Livestock, Let’s End Animal Agriculture
In the long term, we must not waste this opportunity to start mending our broken relationship with animals. This begins with the end of factory farming and the redirection of all government relief and future subsidies towards plant-based agriculture and food processing.
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Monday, May 18, 2020
In Louisiana, and across the U.S., we are seeing a disproportionate number of Black people die from this virus. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Ashley Shelton
The Coronavirus Is Devastating Already Devastated Communities
The people and equity-centered recovery approach we are putting forward is intended to address immediate needs, but it’s also a guide for long-term change.
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The American people are therefore entitled to share in the benefits and the profits. Banking needs to be made a public utility. (Photo: Twitter/@publicbankla) Ellen Brown
Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus
Insolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities.
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Until there is a reliable, affordable, and widely accessible treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, employers must maintain best practices to protect workers and reduce COVID-19 transmission in workplaces. (Photo: Shutterstock) Esha Bhandari, ReNika Moore
Coronavirus 'Immunity Passports' Are Not the Answer
A system of immunity passports in the United States threatens to exacerbate racial disparities and harm the civil liberties of all.
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Greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and air travel add up to more than 15% of net US national emissions. We could put a significant dent in passenger transport emissions if many white collar employees continue to work from home all or part of the time and if businesses replace a large part of air travel with video conferences. (Photo: Danielle Scott/Flickr/cc) Kumar Venkat, Susan Cholette
Emerging From the Pandemic With a Climate Plan
As we come out of this pandemic with an altered business landscape and more awareness of our personal consumption patterns, we have a rare opportunity to make sure that the planet’s climate doesn’t become an even bigger crisis than the one we are battling now.
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Palm Coast’s enormous food distribution to some 5,000 families in need on May 2. (Photo: © FlaglerLive) Pierre Tristam
Food Drops Are Not Enough. Expand Food Stamps Programs Now.
As heartening and important as these food drops are, they’re a supplement, not a replacement for what government can and must do.
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A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, on April 25, 2020. The price for crude oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history on April 20 amid the global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) Basav Sen
Fossil Fuel Bailouts Are Class War. This Is How We Fight Back
Only a recovery based on principles such as those of the people’s bailout would be able to create a more just society out of the ashes of the coronavirus crisis.
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The virus has put the realities of wealth inequality, health insecurity, and poor work conditions under a high-powered microscope. (Photo: Shutterstock) Karen Greenberg
So Long to American Exceptionalism
Over there is now over here: America’s pandemic role reversal.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Ted Morgan
Are the Democrats Dead (Again)?
For election after election, the Democrats failed to present either an effective counter to the Republican myth-makers or a program that would effectively address the needs of workers who felt left out.
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The Federal Reserve Board Building  located at 20th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. Raúl Carrillo
The Pandemic Has Shown That We Need a Public Option for Banking Services
A public option for basic banking services, and an improved, publicly accountable payments system, are necessary parts of a recovery infrastructure that works for everyone.
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Corporate media distortions and bombast are priming the American public to see China as a treacherous villain that has to be forcefully confronted, perhaps with violence. Gregory Shupak
Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China
The idea that China is a threat to Americans' security is baseless.
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A right-wing protester holds a sign which reads "Be like Sweden" while another called the coronavirus pandemic a "fake crisis" during an April anti-lockdown demonstration in Minnesota. Alex Kotch
Secretive Right-Wing Nonprofit Plays Role in COVID-19 Organizing
CNP's founders include multiple members of the conspiracist John Birch Society and Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and ALEC.
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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Musk forced Tesla workers into the same lose-lose bind that faces meatpacking workers in states like Nebraska. Sam Pizzigati
Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style
Elon Musk's successful bullying has vividly revealed that our duly elected leaders and the governments they lead cannot, when push comes to shove, adequately safeguard the health and well-being of average working people.
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A sign warns residents to take steps to contol the coronavirus outbreak at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn on March 19, 2020 in New York City. Cynthia Kaufman
Alternatives to Killing People for the Economy
In order to pay for those programs and help the country get back on its feet, we need to tax the wealthy and invest in our common good.
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President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office after attending a ceremony at the South Portico of the White House on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Ralph Nader
Trump: Letting Big Corporations Get Away with Whatever They Want
Trump considers himself above the law.
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Readers can decide for themselves. Christopher Brauchli
Who's Lying When it Comes to the Flynn Case?
The lie that gave rise to the current dilemma was a lie told not to the parent by the consumer of a purloined ice cream bar, but a lie told to an entity known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Empty toilet paper shelves in an Australian supermarket after panic buying due to the Coronavirus. Walden Bello
The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism
One would be foolish to count out the left.
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Friday, May 15, 2020
Diane Archer
The Best Way to Ensure Unemployed Workers Get Health Care? Pay for It Through Medicare
There's only one group that benefits handsomely from the COBRA proposal: The health insurance industry.
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Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing December 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Edelman -Pool/Getty Images) Pramila Jayapal
We Can and Must Do Better: Why I Will Vote No on the HEROES Act
Our response here in Congress must match the true scale of this devastating crisis. The Heroes Act—while it contains many important provisions—simply fails to do that.
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A street under quarantine in Iriga City, Philippines (Photo: Shutterstock) Amee Chew
Stop the $2 Billion Arms Sale to the Philippines
Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte is using the pandemic to crush his opposition—and the U.S. is poised to arm him to the teeth.
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Jamie Henn
Our Greener, Climate-Friendly Future Is Going to Be Amazing—It's Our Job to Tell That Story
A more comfortable apartment. Cheaper electricity bills. Your stove cooks faster, your dishwasher washes cleaner, and the lightbulbs look great. Even the food is more delicious!
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Given Gates’s track record of expensive failures in the realm of education reform, this partnership is understandably drawing criticism from teachers and parents, as well as allegations from progressives that it is disaster capitalism at work. (Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images/The New York Times) Sarah Lahm
Billionaires Are the Biggest Threat to Public Schools
For education "disruptors" like Bill Gates and Betsy DeVos, COVID-19 isn’t a crisis—it’s an opportunity.
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New Jersey Department of Corrections. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Michelle Chen
Prisons Are Using the Pandemic to Impose Lockdowns
Advocates say the extreme restrictions on movement are punitive and dangerous.
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In the American Southwest, where the Navajo Nation and its 350,000 people sprawl across several states, the number of known COVID-19 cases—closing in on 4,000—and a death toll of 119 people has become one of the country’s worst hot spots, and the caseload is continuing to rise. (Photo by: Bernard Friel/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Will Bunch
Native Americans Wage War Against New Virus and a 400-year Disease of Bias, Ignorance
"We’re helping other nations with billions in aid, and the Navajo are still waiting on aid."
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Wouldn't it be "nice" if John Bolton were to donate the entirety of his standard $50,000 speaking fee to a group like the Material Aid and Advocacy Program? (Photo: Christopher Halloran via Shutterstock) Bill Fried
For John Bolton, No Bad Deed Goes Unrewarded
And most vulnerable among us are forced to pay the price.
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If so much of our money hadn’t gone into the military-industrial complex, perhaps there would have been enough health-care workers to weather this crisis better. (Photo: Shutterstock) Andrea Mazzarino
Who Is "Essential" to Our Covid-19 World
A military spouse's perspective on fighting this pandemic.
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Erdan will replace Danon as ambassador to the U.N. once he is confirmed by the new Israeli government, sworn in on May 14. He will then reside in New York City until he moves to Washington after Ron Dermer vacates his post, likely after the U.S. November elections. (Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images) Ariel Gold
My Israeli Nemesis Is Moving to America
The soon-to-be ambassador to the U.N., Gilad Erdan, made clear his lack of regard for international law and global opinion, stating that: "We are telling the world that it doesn’t matter what the nations of the world say."
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Those of us who have been marching, protesting and advocating for gender equality for years have already (pre-pandemic) been seeking a faster track to gender equality. If we do it right, the pandemic can be a turning point, an opportunity to truly move the dial. (Photo: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Jess Tomlin, Jessica Houssian
Gender Equality Out of Reach During COVID-19?
We don’t buy it.
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By undermining cooperative, science- and law-based approaches to managing the most urgent threats to humanity, leaders have helped to create a situation that will, if unaddressed, lead to catastrophe, sooner rather than later.” (Photo: Getty Images) Rachel Bronson
Something Like Coronavirus Is Exactly What the Doomsday Clock Has Been Warning About
While "social isolation" and other tactics being used today to combat the coronavirus pandemic are not those needed to address the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, the resolve now being exhibited to take major steps to bring about swift change is a model for dealing with these...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Donald Trump listen during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images) Amy Hanauer
The Right Vision for Remaking Our Economy Does Not Include Tax Cuts for the Rich
People are getting sick and losing jobs in every corner of this country . So the same-old trickle-down, tax-cut agenda that drowns government in a bathtub won’t get us out of this .
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While the administration claims that sanctions are targeting those in power, the sanctions really impact the ordinary people, especially women, children, minorities, refugees, the disabled and the sick. (Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA via Shutterstock) Medea Benjamin, Sussan Tahmasebi
Iranian Women Squeezed By US Sanctions, COVID-19 and Their Government
"The Iranian women’s movement is more isolated today than it has ever been in all my years of activism."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives at the Capitol for a vote on a coronavirus bill amendment on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Alan Minsky
The Democratic Party's Hand Is Weak. Only Progressives Can Strengthen it.
Only a progressive New Deal-like response can address the people's needs.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Winnie Wong
The Democratic Party Cannot Defeat Trump by Returning to Past Failures
What we need now is a new vision for America to repair the damage done to our nation, and transform this country into a more equal and compassionate democracy.
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The first institutional change would have to be in our criminal justice system and our underlying theory about the maintenance of social order. Disarm policing. Rethink justice: It’s not a matter of punishment but a matter of healing. (Photo: Reuters) Robert C. Koehler
Racism and the National Soul
The nation’s racism has manifested itself over the centuries in countless ways, politically, socially, economically. The racism is deeply embedded in the country’s institutions, its legal system and—oh so discretely and between the lines—in our founding documents.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Sanders Campaign Was About "Us"—Not Bernie—Remember?
It is vital that grassroots activists in upcoming primary states take the initiative and get out the vote for Bernie.
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Many of the jobs that have been lost in this recession are low-wage service, retail sales, and office jobs. Heidi Shierholz
In Just Two Months, More Than 33 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment
Congress must act.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Studies of past emerging disease epidemics have taught us that  testing alone will not prevent new outbreaks. To re-open the economy we must undertake the most massive effort to trace and isolate new infections in history. (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)  Sandy Smith-Nonini
To Re-Open Safely We Need a "Health Force" of Disease Detectives
In the long run such a workforce could help address the long-standing shortage of primary care in the United States—including community-based programming to assist families with preventive health, nutrition, exercise, chronic diseases and mental health needs.
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As members of the nonprofit Young Elected Officials Network, which is predominantly made up of people of color, we take the fight against racism to heart. (Photo: Shutterstock) Janice Li, Svante Myrick
Facing Down Bigotry—and a Pandemic
Against harassment and bigotry, Asian-American officials are finding ways to care for their communities through this crisis.
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As other countries have shown with far more grace, the alternative isn’t shutting down forever — it’s investing in testing and social safety nets. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
'Reopening' Means Workers Will Die
The wealthy may be fine with sacrificing the vulnerable, but workers are fighting for the sanctity of human life.
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There has been the conversion of the commons into part of the structure of rent-seeking, and the US-designed intellectual property rights regime has come to dominate global capitalism. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) Guy Standing
Class Politics Fit for the Times
The themes the Left should be coalescing around are dismantling rentier capitalism, offering a new income distribution system in which basic income divorced from the performance of labor is the anchor, and reviving all forms of commons and commoning.
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Any rush to reopen without adequate testing and tracing—a massive increase from what we’re doing now—will cause even more deaths and a longer economic crisis. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Real Reason Trump Wants to Reopen the Economy
He’s trying to force the economy to reopen to boost his electoral chances, and he’s selling out Americans’ health to seal the deal. No matter the cost, Donald Trump’s chief concern is and will always be himself.
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People stand six feet apart before participating in a 2.23 mile walk for Ahmaud Arbery on May 8. Arbery was shot and killed while running in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23. (Photo: Nicole Hester/ Jesse Jackson
The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery—And Our Continuing Terror
His slaying has become a global embarrassment for whites. But when the camera turns away, the savage injustice that embarrasses us becomes simply business as usual.
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The future is up for grabs. Let’s not let the kingpins be the only ones reaching for it. (Photo: Screenshot) Laura Flanders
The Future Is Up for Grabs
History is made, not decreed, which is why on May 11th, activists from dozens of different countries launched Progressive International, a global initiative with a mission to unite, organize and mobilize progressive forces.
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If all this seems like silliness from a satirical sitcom, it is. (Photo: Chris Millter/@chrizmillr) Jim Hightower
Trump Blasts Into a New Frontier...for War
The Pentagon presently spends a whopping $14 billion a year on space operations. In short, there's no need for this thing...except for Trump's political needs.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Attacks on the welfare state from the seventies on along with racial polarization fostered at least among some citizens characterization of the unemployed as lazy and unmotivated. The consequence was further denigration of the government perceived as helping these others.  (Photo: Shutterstock) John Buell
The Trump Depression Could Be Worse Than the Great Depression
Avoiding a dystopian future requires as a first step repairing the elements of fragility in our political economy.
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So many countries—including the US—are retreating into nonsense nationalistic stances that focus on locking up ideas and keeping things for "ourselves," rather than opening things up to the world and sharing broadly. What a shame. (Photo: CDC) Mike Masnick
US Covid-19 Vaccine Data Should Be Shared With the Whole World—Not Locked Up
This really should be a moment of global cooperation to deal with the pandemic on a truly global basis.
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Israelis, keeping at a safe distance from one another, take part in a"Black Flag" demonstration, to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and anti-democratic measures to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak, at Rabin Square in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, on April 19, 2020. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images) Cristina Flesher Fominaya
How Do You Protest When You Can't Take to the Streets?
Cyberspace has become the main arena for social movements, as digital tools are used to help activists and citizens communicate, organize, and mobilize.
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Congress must, at a minimum, make a concerted effort to block Trump from starting a war because we’re in danger of foreclosing diplomacy with Iran for future presidents. (Photo: bakdc / Erica Fein
After Trump Vetoed the Iran War Powers Resolution, Congress Must Continue to Act
The bipartisan majority that has come together on this issue should not stop working to enact legislation to reclaim its war powers and block Trump from taking us to war with Iran.
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Reflecting on my own time as a soldier deployed to combat in Afghanistan, I hope that Covid-19 causes us to redefine what "patriotism" and "national security" really should mean. (Photo: Arby Reed/cc/flickr) Erik Edstrom
Celebrated to Death: Memorial Day Is Killing Us
The betrayal of the American soldier.
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Photo from Telesur (via People’s Dispatch, 5/6/20) of captured mercenaries in Venezuela. Joshua Cho
Corporate Media Don’t Think Americans Paid to Invade Venezuela Count as Mercenaries
It’s clear that the men behind the La Guaira invasion aren’t described as mercenaries because the US government and media alike favor regime change in Venezuela.
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When the Court decided Bush v Gore, there was a significant outcry. (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images) Fred Silverman , Robert Barnett
They Did It Once, Would They Do It Again?
For those who may have forgotten, the Presidential election of 2000 was unlike any other.
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White people who kill black men in the United States often face no legal consequences.  (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
A Perfectly Legal Lynching in Georgia?
Killings of black men by whites are 8.5 times more likely to be ruled "justified."
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President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The Trump administration is coming under increased criticism from democrats for not doing enough to prepare America for the Coronavirus. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Mission Imperative: Come November, Trump Must Go
In case you needed a reminder, the pandemic reveals everything rancid about this presidency.
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A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds an election poster as he participates in a "Freedom Rally" protest in support of opening Florida in South Beach in Miami, on May 10, 2020. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
Murderer in Chief: Donald Trump and the Tens of Thousands Coronavirus Dead
Many argue that the U.S. president has blood on his hands. The question remains: just how much?
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Monday, May 11, 2020
While support for Palestinian self-determination represents a departure from the status quo in US politics, it actually mirrors a shift in opinion among the Democratic Party’s electorate.  (Photo: Stop the War UK) Halah Ahmad
The Fight for the Democratic Platform on Racial Justice, Palestine
The Biden campaign and the DNC must consider the voters they lose by not broadening their platforms on racial justice as conceived by progressives—voters who no longer make Palestine the exception to their progressive values.
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Ordinary Americans of every political stripe, including 90 percent of Republicans and 96 percent of Democrats, support a postal relief package. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Let’s Save the Postal Service
The coronavirus-related plunge in mail revenue is threatening to bankrupt USPS—Trump doesn't want to help.
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A coral reef in Indonesia. Coral reefs — especially Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — have proven to be very sensitive to climate change. Now scientists are trying to determine the mechanisms for climate ecosystem tipping points, and how fast they will occur around the world. (Photo: HereIsTom on / CC BY-NC-ND) Shanna Hanbury
Studies Reveal Climate Tipping Points Could Be Here Much Sooner Than We Thought
According to the findings, climate tipping points could happen in a matter of years or decades, not on the ecological timescale of hundreds, or even, thousands of years.
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The election of Donald Trump was the byproduct of our partisan dysfunction. (Photo: Matthew Busch/Getty Images) James Zogby
The End of US Empire: Covid-19 Exposes Once-Great Superpower as Epic Failure
While his base continues to be mesmerized by the "emperor’s new clothes," the world stands aghast at the naked truth that America is not only incapable of leading the world, but also failing to protect its own people.
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The townspeople of Chuao, Venezuela, being honored for their role in the capture of eight mercenaries. Leonardo Flores
Botched Infiltration of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair
Unless Democrats begin to take advantage of the liability Guaidó represents and push back against Trump’s regime change efforts, there seems to be little hope of improving U.S.–Venezuela relations, regardless of who wins the presidency in November.
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Republicans are always destructive and regressive, both aggressively anti-people and anti-planet, if not individually, then certainly as a party. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Dan Brook
Republicans Are On the Wrong Side of History—and Everything Else!
Republicans are conserving little beyond their own wealth, racism, sexism, and homophobia, while eroding American democracy, health, and the environment.
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Perhaps it’s a rare opportunity to acknowledge that our nation’s public schools should not be left so alone to provide food, mental health care, and digital connectivity for our nation’s children. That should be, in a fashion almost unimaginable in America today, the role of the larger society. (Photo: Ryan Stanton/flickr/cc) Belle Chesler
This Empire Has No Clothes: In the Classroom That Zoom Built
Teaching across an abyss of silence.
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Bush first said he wanted to attack Iraq because it was close to having a nuclear weapon. This was a damned lie. Iraq did not even have an active nuclear research program, and UN inspectors who had been on the ground there until 1998 so attested. (Photo: h/t Wikimedia Commons.) Juan Cole
If Only the US Had That $6.4 Trillion It Wasted on Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to Fight Covid-19 Pandemic
Not only did we waste $6.4 trillion, we continue to wast trillions more on war industries that don’t actually do us any good or make us perceptibly safer.
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Sunday, May 10, 2020
Bama Athreya
The Ride Gets Rougher: Gig Workers Organize Through a Pandemic
As companies around the world turn to contactless service, the guidelines and protections gig workers win in the midst of coronavirus will have an incredible impact in the future.
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Alison Stine
Appalachia’s Front Porch Network Is a Lifeline
A traditional gathering place where the public meets the private is now the critical point of contact for families isolated during the pandemic.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds
"These are the first shots fired in an uncivil economic war."
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Jim Naureckas
NYT's "Real Coronavirus Death Toll" Is Anything But
Clearly, the New York Times designers used the most recent data they could get. But that just begs the question: Why didn't they postpone the project when they realized they didn't yet have the data they needed?
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Thomas Neuburger
From Juanita Broaddrick to Tara Reade: In Forty Years Has Nothing Changed at All?
"If Christine Blasey Ford is credible, then Tara Reade is credible at the very least—and so is Juanita Broaddrick."
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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Miles Kampf-Lassin
The U.S. Response to Covid-19 Has Lavished Wealth on the Rich
While the pandemic ravages American workers, the federal government has orchestrated a monumental transfer of wealth from the bottom of the economic ladder to the top.
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John Cavanagh
Trump Isn’t the First to Threaten WHO, but His Threat Is the Most Dangerous
The story line from Reagan to Trump is the same: undermining global public health to serve narrow interests. Only now, we’re in a pandemic.
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Christopher Cook
Farmers Are Destroying Mountains of Food. Here's What To Do About It
The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the cracks in a corporate-focused system supported by polices that favor profits at any cost.
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Mary Fitzgerald, Cori Crider
We Need Urgent Answers About the Massive NHS Covid Data Deal
Why is the UK government refusing to release details of its ‘unprecedented’ data transfer to US tech giants? If we don’t get answers, we may seek them in the courts.
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Mike Lofgren
"Reopen the Economy": the Republicans' Nero Decree
GOP policies aren't "mistaken." They're a conscious waste of lives for deceitful purposes.
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Friday, May 8, 2020
To accept the alternative—the killing was planned and unprovoked—is to expose the murder to be a product of a racist society. (Photo: Ahmaud Arbery/Family photo) Christian Christensen
"It Could Be Something We Didn’t See On The Tape"—Ahmaud Arbery and the Eternal Guilt of Black Victims
The presumption of normality (let alone decency) is a luxury of privilege.
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The first responsibility of a president is to keep the public safe. But Donald Trump couldn’t care less. He was slow to respond to the threat, then he lied about it, then made it hard for states—especially those with Democratic governors—to get the equipment they need. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump’s 4-Step Plan for Reopening the Economy Will Be Lethal
He's trying to force the economy to reopen in order to boost his electoral chances this November, and he’s selling out Americans’ health to seal the deal. This is beyond contemptible.
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York City on September 25, 2018. (Photo: State Department photo) Sina Toossi
Pressuring Iran Is Not the Answer to the US’s Middle East Woes
Military escalation against Iran would be reckless and counterproductive. It would keep the U.S. bogged down in a permanent confrontation against what is fundamentally a weak country that poses no clear threat to U.S. national security.
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New York Times depiction (1/25/20) of a wet market in Shenzhen, which is 680 miles from Wuhan. (Photo: Lam Yik Fei/New York Times) Joshua Cho
Why It’s Wrong (and Racist) to Blame Covid-19 on Chinese 'Wet Markets'
It’s easy to point fingers at Chinese “wet markets” to distract from the US’s failures, but US journalists should prioritize holding their own government accountable, and connecting seemingly isolated issues to larger causes.
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Healthcare workers wave to thank people for taking part in a cars parade outside the Eatonville Care Center in Toronto, Canada, on April 28, 2020 (Picture by Zou Zheng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images.) Catherine Xhardez
Can COVID-19 Positively Change Perceptions on Migration?
The awareness that threats do not stop at borders and that migration is essential, might open avenues for a renewed debate on migration.
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The obvious answer to the problem of how to preserve democracy in a pandemic is to expand voting by mail. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) David Cole
Why We Need Postal Democracy
If state legislatures fail to allow people to vote by mail during a pandemic, they will effectively deny them their right to vote.
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April’s unemployment rate is still an underestimate of the actual number of unemployed workers. It would be higher if all the people who lost their jobs had actually remained in the labor force. (Photo: Witthaya Prasongsin/iStock/Getty Images) Elise Gould
A Waking Nightmare: Today’s Jobs Report Shows 20.5 Million Jobs Lost in April
It’s as if all the jobs in all of the states beginning with the letter "M" simply disappeared in the last month. That's all the jobs in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana combined.
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The governor should keep  in mind that a more diversified food system, one with more small farms and local processing facilities, rather than one in a constant state of consolidation, is much more resilient and less susceptible to the weaknesses that we see occurring due to this pandemic. (Photo: Hero Images/Getty Images) Jim Goodman
That This System Would Fail Was Entirely Predictable
Our food system is not set up to handle a global crisis.
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We must go deeper in organizing and uniting people around a visionary and far-reaching agenda that calls for us to reorganize society around the needs and demands of the poor. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
Poor People’s Campaign: We Refuse to Allow Politicians and Big Corporations to Balance State Budgets by Denying Rights
Leaders are using the lie of scarcity to place the burden of the crisis on the poor while billionaires are becoming even richer and large corporations are getting bailouts.
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Thursday, May 7, 2020
The FEC complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center on Thursday alleges that Big Tent Project should have registered as a political committee, since it was created to oppose Sen. Bernie Sanders' election, and all its known activities were focused on opposing Sanders. (Image: via Campaign Legal Center) Brendan Fischer
We Believe This "Dark Money" Group Illegally Spent Nearly $5 Million to Destroy Sanders 2020 Campaign
And because voters have a right to know the truth, the Campaign Legal Center where I work has filed an official FEC complaint against the secretive Big Tent Project.
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