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Friday, January 29, 2021
A woman walks past a "Covid-19 vaccine not yet available" sign outside a store in Arlington, Virginia on December 1, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Dean Baker
Why Has the Vaccine Rollout Been So Slow? Answer: Big Pharma Patent Monopolies
In a normal flu season, close to 2 million shots are given every day, without any heroic efforts by the government. Given the urgency of getting the pandemic under control, it is hard to understand why we could not have administered shots at this pace, if not considerably faster.
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Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international activists, demonstrate on 8 January, 2021, a week after Israeli troops shot a Palestinian man in the neck in the rural village of Al-Rakiz near the West Bank city of Hebron. Harun Abu Aram, 24, was initially listed in critical condition on life support in a nearby Palestinian hospital, which subsequently reported that he was paralyzed by the gunshot. Eyewitnesses reported that Abu Aram tried to prevent Israeli soldiers from taking a generator from one o Ramzy Baroud
B'Tselem's Historic Declaration: Israel's Open War on Its Own Civil Society
As B'Tselem has succinctly worded it, Israel is a regime of Jewish supremacy "from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea."
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 FacebookGoogleTwitter use robot algorithm curators that are on automatic pilot, much like killer drones for which no human bears responsibility or liability. That’s dangerous in a democracy. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Steven Hill
Should President Biden Revoke Section 230?
The recent attack on the US Capitol reveals the danger of digital media platforms. Here’s what we must do to transform Silicon Valley’s corruption of the media infrastructure.
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A view of the Wall Street street sign with the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) Doug Henwood
The Gamestop Bubble Reveals a Financial System Totally Out of Touch With Economic Reality
The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble of 2021 are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the world a service by reminding us of the absurdity of the stock market.
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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Among the top funders of outside groups that helped elect the GOP election deniers are (clockwise from top left) Sheldon Adelson, Miriam Adelson, Ken Griffin, Stephen Schwarzman, Joe Ricketts, Richard Uihlein, and Liz Uihlein. (Photo: U.S. Air Force, David Rubenstein/YouTube, World Economic Forum, Cornstalker/Wikimedia, Uline/YouTube) Alex Kotch
Meet the Real Dark Money GOP Donors Who Funded Those Who Voted to Overturn the Election
Major companies and executives of Wall Street firms, fossil fuel businesses, a casino empire, and a shipping giant supplied super PACs and other outside spending groups with hundreds of millions of dollars to elect the Republican election deniers.
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Tax increases to help fund the government in the longer term will be important down the road, but they are not the priority at the moment. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
In This Current Emergency There Is Nothing Wrong With Borrowing Funds to Help Americans in Need
We will have to negotiate creatively to reduce the budget deficits ahead, including raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, who have experienced a massive windfall of wealth during the pandemic.
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Two decades into the twenty-first century, it’s clear that more money for the Pentagon hasn’t made this country safer.  (Photo: Stock photo/Getty) Mandy Smithberger, William Hartung
How the National Security State Has Come to Dominate a "Civilian" Government
Demilitarizing our democracy.
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The first day of the 2020 school year in Taiz, Yemen. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will Biden End America’s Global War on Children?
Nothing in Biden's long record in public life suggests that he will, unless the American public and the rest of the world act collectively and effectively to insist that America must end its war on children and finally become a responsible, law-abiding member of the human family.
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A Trump supporter in Washington, D.C., draped in the Confederate battle flag. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kerri Kennedy
A Three Step Solution to Prevent Future Election Violence
I’ve spent my entire career on peacebuilding after conflict. Here’s how we avoid becoming a failed state.
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Two protesters are seen holding a sign that reads Nuclear weapons Immoral, Illegal. Various members of different CND, Anti-war and peace campaigners gathered outside HMNB Clyde or Faslane to protest Trident and the bases of nuclear capable submarines. There is a permanent peace camp at the base. (Photo by Stewart Kirby/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Nukes Are Illegal, Now What?
The necessity for total nuclear disarmament—including American disarmament—is more urgent than ever.
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To add insult to injury, the FCC is now seeking the Supreme Court’s approval for changes in regulations it made in 2017 that, among other things, relax the agency prohibitions on ownership across different media. (Photo: PJMixer / Flickr) Beth Brodsky, Daniel A. Hanley
The FCC Seeks to Hinder Female and Minority Broadcast Ownership for Policies Favoring Concentrated Corporate Ownership
The Supreme Court, hearing a challenge on Tuesday, should reject insufficient regulatory oversight.
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Artist Jonas Never (@never1959) applies finishing touches to his mural of Senator Bernie Sanders in Culver City, California on January 24, 2021. Standing out in a crowd of glamorously dressed guests, Bernie Sanders showed up for the US presidential inauguration in a heavy winter jacket and patterned mittens—with an AFP photo of the veteran leftist spawning the first viral meme of the Biden era.  (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Time to Take the Mittens Off!
"If you like the Bernie meme, you’re going to love Healthcare For All."
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Ronald Scott, a central neighborhood resident for more than 10 years, takes a photo of the memorial mural over flowers and banners laid in the memory of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods on May 29, 2020. (Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Marjorie Cohn
George Floyd "Narrated His Death," Says Attorney at International Inquiry
Testimony elicited at the hearings exposes two systems of justice—one for whites and one for Blacks.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about climate change issues in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed several executive orders related to the climate change crisis on Wednesday, including one directing a pause on new oil and natural gas leases on public lands. Also pictured, left to right, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images) Karyn Strickler
It’s Biden’s 'Climate Day' and Vote Climate U.S. PAC Has a Present for America
Find out where your U.S. Senator and Representative stand with our Vote Climate U.S. PAC 117th Congress Climate Scorecard.
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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy answer questions during a press briefing at the White House on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kerry and McCarthy took questions from reporters about the Biden administration's plans and agenda on climate change issues. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Tina Gerhardt
Biden Rejoined the Paris Agreement. Now He Must Lead by Example.
The U.S. needs to move beyond its legacy of dithering on climate and set firm and meaningful targets on reducing carbon emissions.
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Sen. Krysten Sinema applauds during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 4, 2020. Photo by Mario Tama | Getty Images Emily Kirkland
Kyrsten Sinema Is Wrong to Defend the Senate Filibuster
Unless the filibuster is abolished, Democratic candidates in 2022 will have to tell voters that, despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, they were unable to pass the popular policies that they campaigned on.
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During his campaign to become President, Biden made commitments to end finance for dirty energy projects. (Photo:  Shubert Ciencia/flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
It's Time for Biden to Join With the EU's Mission to Phase-Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies
The EU’s move comes at a perfect time for the new Biden Administration and is a clear signal that the Union wants to work with the U.S. in driving clean energy and ending our fossil fuel addiction.
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The National Security Agency (NSA) logo is shown on a computer screen inside the Threat Operations Center at the NSA in Fort Meade. U.S. President George W. Bush visited the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday to underscore the importance of his controversial order authorizing domestic surveillance without warrants. (Photo: Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images) Jesselyn Radack, William Neuheisel
SolarWinds Is Not the 'Hack of the Century.' It’s Blowback for the NSA's Longtime Dominance of Cyberspace
Breathless coverage of the SolarWinds hack functions to manufacture consent for NSA's internet hegemony and to divert us from considering alternative models of security.
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A school bus makes its way on the flooded Hopper Road in Houston on September 19, 2019. Hurricane Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain in the area over 72 hours, just before youth leaders in Houston were among the millions of people around the world planning to take part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Joel Clement
Stopping Climate Change Is Not Enough, We Must Also Address Climate Impacts With Effective Strategies
To address the climate crisis we must restore past adaptation efforts, innovate new ones, and develop a national resilience strategy to organize and guide our efforts in the decades to come.
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A staffer removes a 'net neutrality' sign after a press conference following the vote that would help stop the Federal Communications Commission's effort to reverse Obama-era regulations on net neutrality May 16, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call) Chad Marlow
We Must Remind President Biden That the Time to Fully Restore Net Neutrality Is Now
Why net neutrality needs to be a first 100 days priority.
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Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) speaks at a press conference endorsing New York City Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang on January 14, 2021 in New York City. Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) Ari Paul
Ritchie Torres Rejects AOC's Squad Because He Is Much More at Home With the Democratic Establishment
The media should be honest about that, rather than making him out to be an iconoclast that he isn’t.
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"Five years ago, when 200 New York City fast-food workers first walked off the job for $15 an hour and union rights, nobody gave us a shot. Since then, we've spread this movement to every corner of the country and beyond fast-food," wrote Steven Suffridge, an organizer with Fight for $15. (Photo: PRE-COVID/SEIU Local 99/Flickr/cc) Hamilton Nolan
With Minimum Wage Victory in Reach, the ​Union Part Is Next
Leaders are setting their sights on a national collective bargaining agreement.
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Rev. William Barber and President Joe Biden at a Poor People's Campaign assembly. (Photo via Creative Commons) Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Success of the Biden-Harris Administration Will Depend on Its Ability to Work With the People for Whom the System Has Not Been Working
We cannot build back as a nation without confessing the ways we were uniquely unprepared for the multiple crises we continue to face.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Activist group Earth Strike NYC announced a frontline coalition gathering in Brooklyn's Sunset Park to support UPROSE in its campaign for local community-led climate justice at the Communities Strike for Climate Over Colonialism rally and march on September 27, 2019. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Derrick Z. Jackson
The Environmental Justice Movement Takes Center Stage in the Biden Administration
The once lonely voice of environmental justice is no longer in the wilderness.
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US Vice President Mike Pence (C) walks back from the House Chamber followed by a Senate procession carrying boxes of Electoral Votes, at the Capitol, on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
The US System Is Rigged So the Minority Can Rule Over the Majority
The Electoral College, Republican gerrymandering and the filibuster are all examples of how American democracy is at risk.
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A Yemeni boy rides a bike on rubble of houses destroyed in a recent airstrike carried out by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, on May 23, 2019 in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Sarah Leah Whitson
US Designation of Houthis as 'Terrorists' Is Wrong and Hurts the Most Vulnerable
Ending America's endless wars should mean not only withdrawing troops but also putting an end to the misuse of terrorist designations and the accompanying destructive economic sanctions.
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This country now looks tattered and tired, caught like others before it between forgetting in the name of unity or demanding the powerful be held accountable for high crimes that will otherwise haunt the nation. (Photo: istock/Getty) Alfred W. McCoy
Waking from a Four-Year Fever Dream to Find US Global Power Gone
Americans and the rest of the world are, it seems, waking up in a new age.
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It is unclear whether Biden will listen to the deficit hawks, but he should be used to this by now. (Photo: Baona/Stock Photo/Getty) Alan MacLeod
Like Clockwork, Corporate Media Become Deficit Hawks When It Comes to Passing Progressive Legislation
The point of deficit hawkery is to scold and scare readers into accepting cuts to welfare and public services that are of no use to the wealthy, while they curiously have little problem with Republicans running deficits to suit their wealthy constituents.
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Three windturbines in sunset. (Photo by: myLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Juan Cole
President Biden, the US Is Capable of This Too: Europe Generates More Electricity With Renewables Than Fossil Fuels for First Time
If highly industrialized, carbon-intensive socieities like those in Europe can already in 2020 get a majority of their electricity from renewables, the world can clearly get to carbon neutrality.
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Monday, January 25, 2021
Supporters of Yemen's Huthi rebels march with banners during a rally denouncing the United States and the outgoing Trump administration's decision to apply the "terrorist" designation to the Iran-backed movement, in the Huthi-held capital Sanaa on January 25, 2021. (Photo: MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images) Chris Nineham
Yemen Can't Wait: Why a Global Day of Action Has Created a Chance for Change
Joe Biden has suggested a new direction on Yemen—we must seize the opportunity to protest in his first week as US President to make sure he keeps his promise.
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Morton C. Blackwell, President of the Leadership Institute. (Photo: Twitter/ Leadership Institute) Karl Grossman
Trump Gone, But the Right-Wing Leadership Institute Promises to Keep Trumpism Alive and Well
Largely flying under the radar has been the training operation for right-wingers to be taught how to work the media, infiltrate government and otherwise promote a right-wing agenda in the United States.
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Muslims hold placards during a protest against the Chinese government's policies on Muslim Uighur minorities, in Mumbai on December 10, 2020. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The 'Humanitarian' Left Still Ignores the Lessons of Iraq, Libya and Syria to Cheer on More War
That "defence industry" needs villains, like China and Russia, that it must extravagantly arm itself against. And that means fixating on the crimes of China and Russia, while largely ignoring our own crimes, so that those "defence industries" can prosper.
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Governing the gig economy will require both a committed labor policy team and a committed digital policy team, and they will have to work together. (Photo by studioEAST/Getty Images) Bama Athreya
Five Ways the Biden Labor Team Can Defend Workers Against the Lawless Digital Economy
The Biden administration must break the unprecedented nexus of capital concentration and big data hoarding or it will have no power to protect workers or citizens.
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Malley’s Middle East foreign policy expertise and diplomatic skills make him the ideal candidate to reinvigorate the JCPOA and help calm regional tensions. (Photo: National Press Club) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Rob Malley for Iran Envoy: A Test Case for Biden’s Commitment to Diplomacy
Biden’s response to the far-right uproar against Malley will be a test of his fortitude in standing up to the hawks and charting a new course for U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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For years, big corporations have been assaulting democracy with big money, drowning out the voices and needs of ordinary Americans. (Photo: Joaquin Corbalan/Getty) Robert Reich
Condemning Insurrectionists Is Easy, But If Corporate America Cared About Democracy It Would Support the 'For the People Act'
If they were actually committed to democracy, CEOs of big corporations would permanently cease corporate donations to all candidates.
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Homeless war veteran sleeping with sign and money tin. (Photo: Stock photo/Getty) Andrea Mazzarino
Covid-19 Is a Massive Killer Home and Abroad—Just Like Our Endless Wars
The massive and unseen costs of America's post-9/11 wars at home and abroad.
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Screenwriter Walter Bernstein (1919-2021) attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Presents "Spotlight On Screenwriting: Hollywood's Darkest Moment: An Evening With Blacklisted Screenwriter Walter Bernstein And A Special 40th Anniversary Screening Of The Front" on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences) Michael Winship
Walter Bernstein Survived the Hollywood Blacklist – And Lived to Be 101
The screenwriter was my friend and my hero, a brave opponent of right-wing repression during a dark period of our history.
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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Trump's insurrectionists attack police while trying to storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The rioters broke windows and used metal bars, flag poles and bear spray as well against the police Ramzy Baroud
The ‘Insurrection’ and Its Discontents: ‘American Exceptionalism’ Revisited
The more political chaos and societal division widen, the more the notion of exceptionalism will be exposed as bizarre, selfish, and unsustainable
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Land remains in smoldering ruins after the Beachie Creek Fire passed through, September 25, 2020, outside of Mill City, Oregon Rebecca White
Burning Questions About the Future of Pacific Northwest Forests
Climate change has played an overarching role in the blazes, but a perfect storm of government mismanagement – privatization, lax enforcement, and outright corruption – has contributed a major share
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Donald Trump-incited insurrectionist mob clashes with security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021 Faramarz Farbod
Why Liberal Anti-Fascism Upholds the Status Quo
Late capitalist normality produced Trumpism. Liberal anti-fascism obscures this fact.
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Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background Bob Burnett
In Defense of Civility
Trump's rhetoric promoted the January 6th insurrection
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Failures of privatized LTCs cries out for more public ownership and control over long-term care homes. Linda McQuaig
Bare-Knuckle Capitalism has No Place in Nursing Homes
Privatized profit-making in homes caring for the elderly
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Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Tony Norman
Land of Hope and Dreams Revisited
'You could almost hear the applause coming from every other house up and down our American streets'
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Saturday, January 23, 2021
400 lights were placed around the Reflecting Pool to honor the nearly 400,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 Rivera Sun
The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead
These losses will haunt us for centuries to come
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Trump supporter and QAnon follower Jake "The Q Shaman" Angeli attends to the "Stop the Steal" rally on December 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Romin Tafarodi
QAnon and America’s Political Moment
It will not be enough to simply to call out groups such as QAnon and demand that they shut up or be silenced
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Biden promises a New Day from Trumpism. Let’s see if he and his team can provide America with a New Day of Public Safety from callous corporatism on the nation’s roadways. Ralph Nader
New Auto Safety Report Demands Biden Strengthen Federal Programs Now
It is time for the Biden people to end the soporific record of their predecessors, including that of those from the Obama/Biden Administration
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People watch a television news program reporting on the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, at a railway station in Seoul on January 21, 2021 Hao-Li Tai
'Return to Normalcy'
Let us rise to Biden's call and dare to dream big
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Twitter canceling Trump’s account shows that real political power in the United States shifted from government to corporations long ago. And if the optimism of the inauguration is going to do more than just ring in an era of hollow hope, it must directly take on this corporate power. Peter Bloom, Carl Rhodes
Beware Corporate ‘Democracy Washing’: Twitter, Trump, and the Danger of Privatizing the Fight Against Fascism
Twitter canceling Trump’s account shows that real political power in the United States shifted from government to corporations.
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Friday, January 22, 2021
Yemeni people affected by war receive food aid from a humanitarian organization on February 11, 2020 in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Reese Erlich
Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War
The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace.
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Participants holding illuminated letters that read #NUCLEARBAN. Activists from New York-based direct action group Rise and Resist and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) took to the streets to announce the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on January 22, 2021 by holding illuminated letters that read #NUCLEARBAN in front of iconic New York landscapes. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Robert Dodge
A Day of Celebration: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) Enters Into Force
The path is before us. We must act now, to protect current and future generations—and all we hold dear.
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters following the weekly Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Media Allow Republicans to Use 'Unity' as Tool of Division
The narrative the GOP will work for the next two years to build is that Democrats are the ones sowing division by refusing to work together to get things done.
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Activists call for Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as they celebrate its entry into force on Jan. 22. (Photo: Twitter/ICAN Australia) Rev. John Dear
'I Never Thought I'd Live to See This Day': The Beginning of the End for Nuclear Weapons
Few antiwar activists ever thought they'd see nuclear weapons banned, but thanks to dedicated organizing, a historic UN treaty goes into effect today.
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Together, we can make sure that these creatives don’t fuel the world’s destruction, but instead come clean and join us in protecting creation. (Photo: Screenshot) Jamie Henn
We Need To Stop The Fossil Fuel Industry's PR Machine
Our theory of change is simple: if we can get the world’s largest and most powerful PR and Ad agencies to stop working for the fossil fuel industry, we’ll dramatically weaken the industry’s ability to pollute the public debate and block climate action.
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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at their Inauguration on January 20, 2021. (Photo via Shutterstock) Matthew Rothschild
After Four Brutal Years, Biden's Inaugural Was a Healing Affair
The new President, in his healing Inaugural Address, promises a fresh start as he commits to protecting our 'fragile democracy.'
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Global frontline women leaders advocate for gender and racial justice, Indigenous rights, and bold climate action during a formal UNFCCC COP25 event in Madrid, 2019. (Photo: Katherine Quaid/WECAN International) Osprey Orielle Lake, Katherine Quaid
Re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement Is Just Step One to Address the Climate Emergency: Frontline Women Must Lead the Way
Global people's movements and women leaders have been organizing for decades for climate justice, and community-led solutions.
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Jamie Griffith, 6, cuddles his chicken Elsa at his home on Saturday, November 21, 2020, in Piedmont, Calif. (Photo: Yalonda M. James/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) Josh Balk
Protecting Animals Isn’t Just the Right Thing—It’s Uniting Politics
As we search for more ways to bring people together, compassion for animals provides us a wonderful opportunity to do some good and forge a greater unity of purpose in our politics.
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Slaying this monster once and for all has to start with ending the culture of legalized bribery and corruption, in which wealthy individuals and corporations can fund far-right extremism inside and outside government, often anonymously. (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
How the Fossil Fuel Industry Funds Fascism
The oil, gas, and coal industries support and fund white supremacy and far-right politics.
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 American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard
'If Only We’re Brave Enough to Be It': Amanda Gorman's Poem Rhymes with Biden’s Climate Agenda
Climate change action is about human survival.
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Like Biden's climate team, which includes global and domestic leadership posts, and leadership posts all across various agencies—I urge him to build a similar one for Biodiversity. (Photo: Don Sutherland/flickr/cc) Subhankar Banerjee
Biden on Biodiversity: The Silence and the Promise
This silence is disheartening because the biodiversity crisis is just as significant, just as expansive, just as severe, and just as consequential as the climate crisis.
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The question is when and how many more Americans will kill or be killed in that "graveyard of empires" before the U.S. accepts the inevitable. (Photo: Arby Reed/cc/flickr) Danny Sjursen
Peering Into a Forever-War Crystal Ball
A Bidenesque tour of America's regional and global military adventures.
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible and their children Ashley and Hunter look on during the 59th Presidential Inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Countering the Fascism To Come
Perhaps the racism and craziness are stunning enough for Biden to realize that centrist cliches and corporate obeisance are no longer adequate counters. They no longer hold their own against the possibility of fascism to come.
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To save the democracy we thought we had we must take democracy to where it’s never been. (Photo: Small Planet Institute) Frances Moore Lappé
Democracy as Dignity
Dispersions of power, transparency, and mutual accountability.
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Visitors to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum view a large scale panoramic photograph of the aftermath of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, on August 5, 2020 in Hiroshima, Japan. Between 90,000 to 146,000 people were killed and the entire city destroyed in the first use of a nuclear weapon in armed conflict. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
A New Day for Human Survivial: On the Promise of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
"Human beings and nuclear weapons cannot coexist."
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Nurse and health care workers of Jacobi Medical Center hold a rally against a new paid sick leave policy by NYC Health + Hospitals that mandates health care workers who are sick present a doctor's note to receive a paid sick day on April 17, 2020 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
American Workers Need Paid Sick Leave Right This Minute
Congress let mandatory paid leave end on Dec. 31. Lawmakers—and employers—need to restore them immediately.
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Nuclear weapon test Romeo on Bikini Atoll on March 27, 1954. The test was part of the Operation Castle and was the first nuclear test conducted on a barge. (Photo: Wikicommons) Michael Winship
GOP Tickles the Dragon's Tail
After years of flirting with America’s right wing and egging on a growing rage, the GOP establishment is "shocked" by Trump's success—and scrambling to save face.
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US President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 19, 2021, one day ahead of his inauguration as 46th President of the US. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) Christian Christensen
"He's Better Than Trump!" Is No Defense of Biden. Citizens Deserve More.
If Democrats cannot critically engage with Obama policies that saw large numbers of innocent civilians in Yemen or Pakistan killed by drones, or an uncomfortably close relationship with Wall St., then the lessons of Trumpism are lost.
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Douglas Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden look down the National Mall as lamps are lit to honor the nearly 400,000 American victims of the coronavirus pandemic at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. As the nation's capital has become a fortress city of roadblocks, barricades and 20,000 National Guard troops due to heightened security around Biden's inauguration, 400 lights were placed around the Reflecting Robert Reich
Ten Ways Biden Can Be Transformational (Even Without Congress)
Biden can and must wield his presidential powers through Executive Orders and regulations. The problems America is facing demand it.
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A law enforcement officers guards the parade route in front of the White House early morning ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Curb Your Presidentialism: Some Post-Trump Advice for a Biden Administration
Presidentialism is American Exceptionalism transferred to the arena of politics. It is a vast and dangerous delusion. The sooner we wake up to that fact the better for our democracy.
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Rioters clash with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Even After an Insurrection, Corporate Media Can't Let Go of False Balance
If editors learn anything from the events of the last four years, it should be that "balance" is a dangerous substitute for fairness and accuracy.
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President Donald Trump delivers an address in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Judith Butler
Donald Trump and the Danger of a Loser Who Cannot Admit Defeat
Whether it is deaths from Covid-19 or his own election defeat, admitting loss is something Trump finds impossible to do.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C on June 24, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Bernie Sanders
We Must Act With Unprecedented Boldness to Meet These Historical Crises
The job of Congress now is to listen to the American people, move our country boldly forward on a path to economic success and show voters that Democrats are prepared to do everything possible to improve their lives.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The Biden administration must now find a recovery path out of the wreckage of four decades of Reagan radicalism and the politics it created. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
It Is Biden's Historic Task to Reverse Reagan's—and Trump's—Reckless Radicalism
Reagan's failed radicalism has now run its course, and the United States, while culturally as divided as ever, is at an economic and environmental precipice.
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Honduran migrants line up to register for returning to their country on January 18, 2021 in El Florido, Guatemala. The caravan departed from Honduras to walk across Guatemala and Mexico to eventually reach the United States. After clashing with the police yesterday migrants are being held to carry out immigration and heath controls. Central Americans expect to receive asylum and most Hondurans decided to migrate after being hit by recent hurricanes. (Photo: Josue Decavele/Getty Images) US Civil Society Groups Focused on Central America
Biden Must Go Beyond Simply Ending Trump's Barbaric Border Policies—We Need Deeper Change
An open letter to President-Elect Biden on Central America policy.
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "The Massacre of the Innocents." Kathy Kelly
About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen
The United Nations estimates the war has already caused 233,000 deaths, including 131,000 deaths from indirect causes such as lack of food, health services and infrastructure.
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Aaron Haines helps place American flags on the National Mall as the U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Biden's Inauguration Gives Us New Hope, but the Movement for Justice Must Continue to Build on Its Own Agenda
There should be no reluctance to work with Biden to help pass critical reforms, but at the same time, the pressure for outside must continue to build for there to be any hope of change.
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Security forces respond with tear gas after President Donald Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, storming the building as lawmakers were set to sign off on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
The Rubble of Empire: A Fine Time To Begin Thinking About What Might Be Built in Its Place
Doctrines of disaster and dreams of security as the Biden years begin.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the WaterAid water and climate event at Kings Place on March 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images) Ben Price
'It Is Like Satire': Prince Charles' Terra Carta Is a Manifesto for the Status Quo
The ecological crisis demands we protect the Rights of Nature from being watered down.
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If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, we should not expect Biden to be a deserter from the class war that he has helped to wage, from the top down, throughout his political career. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Don't Let President Biden 'Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes'
More than being a time of hope—or fatalism—the inauguration of President Joe Biden should be a time of skeptical realism and determination.
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Biden Must Drive a Stake Through the Heart of Dead-End "Centrism"
There is no middle ground between lies and facts. There is no halfway point between civil discourse and violence. There is no midrange between democracy and fascism.
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Monday, January 18, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building. On March 25, 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Israel Was Designated an Apartheid State by B'Tselem. What Martin Luther King Jr. Would Have Thought of That.
Those who argue that Dr. King would have had no problem with Israel’s policies in the Occupied Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank after 1967 are being illogical.
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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Photo: via PRI) Ramzy Baroud
By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine?
The storming of US Congress will have global repercussions, not least among them the weakening of US hegemonic and self-serving definition of what constitutes a democracy.
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The U.S. Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California on Aug. 18, 2019. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Gerry Condon
Veteran Celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty
The United States can be a leader in the peace race, but only if our leaders hear a loud message from the people: nuclear weapons are an unacceptable threat to all of humanity and they are also now illegal.
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Workers put up "Biden-Harris" branded bunting on a press riser along the inaugural parade route near the White House on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated to protect the nation's capital against threats surrounding President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and to prevent a repeat of last weeks deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Michael Winship
When Trump's Out the Door, Biden Tackles the Winter of Our Discontent
He and America’s "better angels" have their work cut out for them.
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As we enjoy the start of a new year, I would urge people to look at the innumerable stories of medical debt, like my family’s, and consider the necessity of a national healthcare system, like Medicare for All. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Rohit Anand
It's Time to End Abhorrent Medical Debt That Consumes Families
With the current challenges of millions of people losing their jobs, losing their source of income, and becoming ill with COVID-19, medical debt will increase even further from the 56% of adults who struggle with it prior to the pandemic.
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to onlookers while leading the 125,000 strong 'Walk to Freedom' on Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1963. (Photo: Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Earth does not belong to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, or the white supremacists of the world.
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Leading up to the Senate impeachment trial, Mitch McConnell tells the GOP it will be "a vote of conscience," one wonders if they still understand the concept of having a conscience? (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jim Goodman
After Four Years, Accountability Is Long Overdue
There must be a reckoning for Trump and for all those who were complicit with Trump.
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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Citizens wearing protective masks form lines to receive free food from a food pantry run by the Council of Peoples Organization on May 8, 2020 in Brooklyn. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Rajko Kolundzic
Despite Pain and Record Death, Why Is the Stock Market So High?
How did rich corporations and finance capitalists come out of the pandemic in very good health in contrast to the general population?
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Donald Trump's Twitter account displayed on a mobile phone screen next to a vinyl doll which features the U.S. President Donald Trump, seen in front of the U.S. flag, on Saturday, 9 January 2021, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Trump’s Social Media Ban May Be Justified, But That Doesn’t Mean Power of Big Tech Isn’t Dangerous
Silicon Valley corporations are far from neutral moral arbiters, and have a history of abusing their power. Trump was and remains a menace, but we further empower these corporate giants at our peril.
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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. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Bandy X. Lee, Jeffrey D. Sachs
One Group Who Knew All Along How Dangerous Trump Was: Mental Health Experts
From the perspective of his psychopathology, Trump's coup attempt last week was wholly predictable.
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Proud Boys march in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, December 12, 2020. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Zoltán Grossman
Denial of American Fascism Has Cost Us Dearly
The inconvenient truths about fascism, like learning about the climate and health crises, could lead us to actually shift our beliefs and lives.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump rampage through the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Four Insurgencies that Counsel Vigilance at the Trump Revolt
If we are to save the country, we must find the wisdom to think anew and the courage to act anew.
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Saturday, January 16, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on June 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
Ted Cruzifictions
Being in the United States Senate does not imbue a person with wisdom, common sense, or integrity. If you doubt that, just look at the junior Republican Senator from Texas.
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A man wearing a mask meant to represent U.S. President Donald Trump with a pig's nose dances in front of the U.S. Embassy for a video of a satirical project by a design student. Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Trump May Be on Trial, But You Can Bet the System That Produced Him Will Be Acquitted
Trump is too small and limited of a target to be considered the true and deepest enemy we face.
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President Donald Trump delivering the speech that spurred a mob to overrun the U.S. Capitol at a rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Will Trump's Grand Finale Be Conviction by the US Senate?
Congressional Republicans have aided and abetted, for four years, Trump's assertion that "With Article II, I can do whatever I want as president." Dangerous Donald did just that.
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In November, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (left) became the chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association, while Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (right) became RAGA's policy chair and chair of the group's Rule of Law Defense Fund, which was among the sponsors of the Trump rally preceding the U.S. Capitol Riot and sent out robocalls urging people to march to the Capitol to "stop the steal." (Photo: Official portraits) Sue Sturgis
Meet the GOP State AGs Who Spread Election Lies That Fueled an Insurrection
Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) never acknowledged its role in fueling Trump supporters' ire by sharing repeatedly debunked lies about the outcome of the presidential election.
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The mob can hide behind the First Amendment and use the foil of BLM marches all it wants. It’s  piling chicanery on top of lies. (Photo: Flickr/CC) Pierre Tristam
No, Open Sedition Is Not a First Amendment Right
The right to protest is not in dispute. If that's all the mob had done, its rights would certainly be defensible and protected.
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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Shelley Wales/iStock) Adam Federman
Turns Out That the Oil Industry Wasn’t Interested in the Arctic Refuge After All
The Trump administration’s Arctic Refuge oil lease auction was a total bust.
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Friday, January 15, 2021
A young activist holds a sign during a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of young people across the globe are participating in a day of protest calling for urgent action to fight climate change in what organizers are calling the Global Climate Strike. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) David Orr
Questions "Too Puny" for Our Dire Circumstances
The unanswered question is whether we have the political will to do what is required to prevent Earth’s climate from spiraling out of control.
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The ongoing global health, economic, and climate crises have revealed what racial justice advocates have known for a long time: our economic system is fundamentally and profoundly broken. (Photo: Chris-Yakimov-via-Flickr) Alvaro Sanchez
How the Biden-Harris Administration Can Fight Climate Change and Structural Racism
Addressing the root causes of climate change and structural racism means equity must be core to the framework for action.
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U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (R) bumps elbows with Stacey Abrams (L) during a campaign rally with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
We Should Learn From Georgia to Show Us the Way Forward
Over slow generations, they built a broad enough "we" and an effective bottom up force that formed not just a victorious voting block this year, but a caring community dedicated explicitly to dismantling white supremacy.
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