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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Jordan Peele’s deep fake version of Barack Obama, produced by BuzzFeed. (Photo: Screenshot) John Feffer
Could 'Deepfakes' Help Swing the 2020 Election?
Deepfake technology undermines any hope of once again conducting national conversations on the basis of observable reality
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Interns are spending the summer with Congress—the smallest yet most powerful branch of government in the Constitution—where some 1,500 corporations have undermined the peoples’ delegated power. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Congressional Interns and Congress Redirections—A Meeting
In the 15,000 or 20,000 days these young people have, it will be their responsibility to stop the following omnicidal threats to humanity and the natural world
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If the purpose of Trump’s speech was to make his listeners feel good, he delivered. Yet in doing so, he also relieved them of any responsibility for thinking too deeply about the event being commemorated. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
The Fake News of D-Day and the Art of Shaping Memory
Knowing whom to remember and how to forget
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The absence of "we are one planet" voices at the highest levels of government guarantees that the government will pretty much always make simple, impulsive—wrong—decisions about national security. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
War Begets War... and Nothing Else
The U.S. government contains a terrible void where it ought to have sanity
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Shortly before April’s election, the Trump administration offered Netanyahu a campaign fillip by recognising Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights, territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967. (Photo: Mark A. Wilson) Jonathan Cook
Forget Trump’s 'Deal of the Century.' Israel Was Always on Course to Annexation
Ultimately, Israel wants the Palestinians gone entirely, squeezed out into neighbouring Arab states, such as Egypt and Jordan
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When animal manure escapes from CAFOs into nearby water sources, it can have devastating health consequences for people and ecosystems. (Photo: EWG-Waterkeeper Alliance) Tia Schwab
The Scary New Math of Factory Farm Waste
Factory farms are exempt from reporting requirements under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Now a new tool can provide solid evidence of the environmental harm they can cause.
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On August 19, 1953, democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence, after having nationalized the oil industry. The Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was re-installed in the primary position of power. Massive protests broke out across the nation, leaving almost 300 dead in firefights in the streets of Tehran. (Photo by - / INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP) (Photo: /AFP/Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
The Exceptionally American Historical Amnesia Behind Pompeo’s Claim of ‘40 Years of Unprovoked Iranian Aggression’
From a CIA coup and supporting the Shah’s brutality to enabling chemical attacks, shooting down a civilian airliner and training terrorists,‘aggression’ between the US and Iran is overwhelmingly one-sided
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Norman Solomon
The Staggering Frontrunner Status of Clueless and Shameless Joe Biden
Given his desire to merely revert the country to pre-Trump days, no wonder Biden keeps saying that a good future can stem from finding common ground with Republicans. But for people who understand the present-day GOP and really want a decent society, Biden’s claims are delusional.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Civic intelligence requires citizen engagement. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) Douglas Schuler
We Are Destroying The One Thing That Could Save Us: Civic Intelligence
Without civic intelligence, our capacity to address problems effectively and equitably, we have no future
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45 percent of Americans—including a third of households making more than $180,000 a year—worry they could go bankrupt over a major health issue. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
Medicare for All Would Save Money—And Lives
The last thing on your mind during a ride to the ER should be: Is this going to bankrupt me?
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That divide won’t close without bold, structural reform to match the structural injustices that created it — from slavery itself to Jim Crow, red lining, and mass incarceration. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
Celebrating Juneteenth With Bold New Ideas
Closing our racial wealth divide requires bold thinking, but so did ending slavery
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"Medicare for All" idea put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal—is now backed by 82% of Democrats, 66% of independents, and (get this) 52% of Republicans! (Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
Is Health Care More Important Than Health Care Profits?
If it's care you want from a system, a corporation is the worst way to go, for the corporate mandate is not to maximize the health of the many, but to maximize profits for its few investor elites
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A recent global poll from the International Trade Union Confederation found that an overwhelming 84 percent of all respondents judged their national minimum wage to be insufficient for a decent life. (Photo: SEIU) Michael Galant
The Time Has Come for a Global Minimum Wage
As the International Labour Organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, it should embrace the chance to stop the global race to the bottom
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Jay Stanley
An Army of Robot Surveillance Guards Is Coming
It is as if a great surveillance machine has been growing up around us, but largely dumb and inert—and is now, in a meaningful sense, "waking up."
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 Any statement of any kind coming out of a Republican's mouth should be viewed with extreme suspicion. (Photo: Illustrated | Hulton Archive/Getty Images, MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
The Trump Regime Wants Another Pointless War
Unless some real mass pressure is mounted against it, there is a good chance Trump will launch the U.S. into another pointless, disastrous war
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Joe Cirincione, Mary Kaszynski
Trump Is Misleading America Into a New War
Unless those standing for peace and reason significantly increase their efforts, the United States will, once again, be misled into an unnecessary war with catastrophic consequence
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Trump and his Republican enablers are playing magicians who distract us by shouting “look here!” at the paranoid fantasy of a Deep State, while creating a Corrupt State under our noses. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump's "Deep State" Is Trump’s Corrupt State
It’s the dirtiest trick of our time, enabled by the most corrupt party in living memory
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan looks on as President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation in the Cabinet Room at the White House, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Republican lawmakers unveiled their plans for a massive rewrite of the U.S. tax code. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Can Donald Trump Hold Off an Economic Crash Until the Election?
The president and the Republican Party are destroying the economy, you just might not know it yet
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The Democratic Party is foolish not to dedicate a presidential debate to this issue.  (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Pia Gallegos
DNC Chair Tom Perez Tries to Justify Failure to Prioritize Climate Crisis
The Democratic Party leadership’s failure to take global heating seriously is out of step with Democratic voters who now consider climate change to be a top-tier issue
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Moves like a wealth tax, the authors stress, will only succeed if we also take on the challenge of stopping the super rich from shifting assets offshore to evade their U.S. tax liability. (Image: Offshore Shell Games) Sam Pizzigati
How The Super-Rich Avoid Paying Their Share
Offshore tax havens are enabling our world’s richest 0.01 percent to evade 25 percent of the income taxes they ought to be paying
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In 2017, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created a special unit—the Iran Mission Center—to focus attention on the U.S. plans against Iran. The initiative for this unit came from CIA director John Brennan, who left his post as the Trump administration came into office. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Have You Heard of the CIA’s Iran Mission Center?
These are men who are reckless with violence, willing to do anything if it means provoking a war against Iran
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Dud Hendrick
A Call to Put Down Arms
It is past time for the paradigm shift. We have one planet and we must see ourselves as one and we must take a stand.
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Evidence from the United States, Brazil, Japan, and Sweden does indicate that, as income inequality increases, so does the suicide rate. (Photo: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images) Rajan Menon
Why Is America’s Suicide Epidemic Hitting Trump’s Base So Hard?
The death(s) of the working class in the age of Trump
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It is because humanity has engaged with today’s Economics 101 fantasy – that the connection between the ecosphere and the economy is unidirectional—that we are now in this dire threshold situation. (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) Edward Fullbrook
Economics 101 and Ecological Collapse
Annually, millions of students around the world are forced to study textbooks that indoctrinate them into thinking that there is no significant causal connection between our economy and the ecosphere
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In the quarter-century under NAFTA, more than 1 million American jobs were lost, U.S. wages stagnated and U.S. trade deficits with Mexico increased. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Leo Gerard
Whether It’s the New NAFTA or the Old NAFTA, It Serves the 1 Percent
One percenters like Mulvaney, self-dealing corporate honchos and fancy-pants corporate lobbyists negotiated the deals. They didn’t give a damn about jobs or wages or workers’ welfare.
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“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it." (Photo: Rasmus Tonboe twitter) Andy Rowell
Arctic Warming & Climate Change 'Should Be the Number One Urgent Conversation Right Now'
"What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic."
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 State Democratic parties will be renting private voting systems that they and voters have not used before. (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Rosenfeld
Phone and Online Voting for Democrats in the 2020 Caucuses? DNC Is at a Major Crossroads
Experts point to red flags that could undermine the nominating process
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John Atcheson
The Remorseless Working of Things: A Political Tragedy in Three Parts
The solutions to our problems are in hand or within reach, yet we continue to drive ourselves toward the cliff's edge
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Peter Dreier
In Praise of I.F. "Izzy" Stone
In these critical times, remembering what one of last century's most courageous journalists taught us
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Monday, June 17, 2019
 'Barcelona en Comu' (Barcelona in Common) leader Ada Colau waves to wellwishers after her party won the municipal elections on May 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
In Barcelona, Being a Fearless City Mayor Means Letting the People Decide
For close to a decade now, Barcelona has become a beacon of possibility for transformative change at the city level
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Commodity crop production for export and ethanol production feeds only the bottom line of corporations and Wall St. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Jim Goodman
Current Farm Crisis Offers Opportunity For Change
The current agricultural model places value only on volume of production, not nutritional quality of the food produced, human health, rural communities or the environment
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Extreme economic inequality turns out to be a social poison that makes it almost impossible for us to mobilize to save ourselves and our civilization.  (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages) Tom Athanasiou
Global Inequality in a Time of Climate Emergency
Our world’s richest have a great deal of money. They also have the power to decide whether our civilization sinks or swims. So what can we do?
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On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, an Iranian protester holds a burning picture of President Donald Trump outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective
Whether in Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea or one of the 20 countries under the boot of U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration is using its economic weight to try to exact regime change or major policy changes in countries around the globe
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The publication of classified documents is not a crime in the United States, but if Assange is extradited and convicted it will become one. (Photo: Mr.Fish/Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange
This is the gravest assault on press freedom in my lifetime
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We should just call the Occupied Palestinian Territories in general Trumpland, a fraud and form of robbery like his “university” and “steaks” and "airline." (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump Heights on Stolen Golan an Indictment of Colonial White Privilege
Given that Trump is a narcissistic fraud, it is appropriate that his name be attached to the illegal Israeli theft of Syrian territory
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Tom Engelhardt
If Donald Trump Is the Symptom... Then What’s the Disease?
In the context of both Trump change and climate change, we're obviously still awaiting our true transformative president, the one who is not a symptom of decline, but a factor in trying to right this country and the Earth before it's too late.
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In 2018, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, released a Moral Agenda and set of demands to address systemic systemic, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy. This year, the Poor People's Campaign and the Institute for Policy Studies has released a Moral Budget outlining how those demands can be paid for and achieved. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
'Everybody Has the Right to Live': The Visionary Budget at the Heart of Our Moral Uprising
It has become clear that people are ready to come together and demand truth, love, and justice, and debunk the lies of scarcity and inevitable, unchangeable poverty.
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Sunday, June 16, 2019
Workers from Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, participate in an anti-imperialist march  to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in front of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on January 31, 2019.  The US slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in an attempt to cut off a vital source of funds. (Photo/YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images) Celina della Croce
Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time
On April 30, 1975, the United States learned an important lesson. The capture of Saigon by the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) would mark the defeat of the world’s most powerful military force by an...
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Copies of the "Mueller Report" printed by the US Government Publishing Office are seen at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019. Wim Laven
We Need Evidence-Based Decision Making
Read and react to the Mueller Report —or you will be sorry.
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A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian News Agency ISNA on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. Gwynne Dyer
Iran's Game
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton probably do want a war with Iran
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When They See Us Tony Norman
Sorry Means Sometimes Having to Admit You're Racist
It's time for the president and no small number of media outlets to apologize for their characterizations of the Central Park Five
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School children march through the city center carrying a banner during a demonstration calling for action on climate change in South Africa, on June 14, 2019, in Cape Town, as part of the international "Extinction Rebellion" (XR) protests. Peter Certo
A Father’s Day Gift for Myself: Activism
My two-year old will barely be the age I am now when the climate catastrophe comes, and that realization is taking a toll.
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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Protesters perform with fake chicken and mock injections reading "antibiotics" while taking part in a demonstration with the motto "We Are Fed Up" (Wir haben es satt) against industrial farming on the sidelines of the International Green Week agricultural show in Berlin, on January 16, 2016. Christy Spees
If We Want Antibiotics to Work, Consumers Have to Put Big Pressure on Factory Farms
On March 1, Denny’s stopped purchasing chicken treated with medically important antibiotics for its U.S. restaurants. Many consumers might expect to see such promises at Whole Foods or their local...
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Audience members stand and clap as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers remarks explaining democratic socialism at a campaign function in the Marvin Center at George Washington University on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  "President Trump and his fellow oligarchs hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism." Ernest A. Canning
Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Profound Speech Since We Lost MLK
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both. – Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis It is not hyperbole to...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Eric Margolis
Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up
Who is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it’s the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the...
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Militia members and supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a march to protest against economic measures imposed by the US government and support the CLAP (Local Committee for Supply and Production) box -which contains basic family basket products at a low cost- in Caracas, Venezuela on June 8, 2019. Janine Jackson
Big Media Get Big Things Wrong on Venezuela
Big media have got some big things wrong on Venezuela. Who can forget CNN's May 5 claim that "pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which voters chose...
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Friday, June 14, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the State Department briefing room on Thursday. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) Trita Parsi
Trump Blames Iran for the Tanker Attacks. But Let's be Skeptical of his Administration's Pro-War Bluster
The speed in which the U.S. government officially blamed Iran should give us pause, given our own history in the region
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Reuters depiction (6/7/19) of Venezuelan refugees. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) Joe Emersberger
Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried By Reuters for Over a Month
It is up to all of us to not be passive consumers of news, and continually bear in mind that the news we are getting about official enemies may be less than half the story
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Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. (Photo: Screen shot from Ruptly livestream) Kevin Gosztola
Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition
"This indictment is a direct attack on free speech and a direct attack on journalists and publishers everywhere."
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There is absolutely no indication that British Jews as a whole feel the need for any such US intervention, nor any indication that British Jews or the British electorate as a whole accept the charge that Labour (and Corbyn by extension) is riddled with antisemitism. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Richard Silverstein
Is Pompeo Angling to Interfere in British Politics?
In leaked comments from a recent meeting with Jewish leaders, the US secretary of state cites the need to 'push back' against a potential Corbyn victory
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The strength of Warren’s campaign is a series of detailed policy proposals aimed at correcting a series of corrupting inequities in American life. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Matt Taibbi
Elizabeth Warren’s Rise Is a Plus for Issue Politics—And a Bad Sign for Billionaires
The press is choosing to view it in another light. That will only work for so long.
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who President Trump announced Thursday would soon be leaving her position as White House press secretary, said that she hoped her legacy would be as a person who was, "transparent and honest throughout that process" and did "everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before." Christian Christensen
"Not Founded On Anything": The Epitaph for the Sarah Huckabee Sanders Era
The now infamous phrase points to how the Trump administration has embraced a cruel, cynical, nihilistic worldview rooted in nothing but the quest to obtain and maintain power in the service of personal gain
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The neoliberal approach is exhausted socially, politically and economically. (Photo: PeoplesWorld/cc/flickr) Stan Sorscher
Making Sense of NAFTA and Its Replacement
Why we need new economic policies before we can fix trade deals
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The researchers "found officers bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and, especially, glorifying police brutality." (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Armed Bureaucracy
"Sooner or later they end up in a cage, where (they) belong."
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Despite what the Saudis and blowhards like Benghazi Mike keep alleging, the Houthis don’t take orders from Iran and don’t have that much to do with one another. (Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Whatever Pompeo Says, There Is No Certainty Iran Mined the Tankers
It was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war
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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Democratic socialism boils down to a belief that all people ought to live with dignity and that it is our collective responsibility as a society to guarantee that life for everyone, without exception. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Curt Ries
Defining Democratic Socialism
Democratic socialism is a way of organizing society that guarantees all people a decent and dignified life by decommodifying basic human needs and ensuring agency over our productive lives
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Warren has been gaining in polls lately, sealing her spot as a top-tier candidate in the crowded field and even running ahead of Sanders in a pair of new national polls. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) Elizabeth Bruenig
So, What’s the Difference Between Warren and Sanders?
Much of it comes down to the matter of regulation vs. revolution
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
I Don't Trust This Administration* With a Lemon Zester, Let Alone a War With Iran
Mike Pompeo is fighting way above his weight class
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andidates up and down the ballot routinely disprove the notion that only white or male or centrist candidates can win a competitive election. (Photo illustration by Matt Whitt/Photos via Getty Images) Jonathan Cohn
“Electability” Is Astrology for Pundits
Expert predictions often represent little more than calcified prejudice
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"In 2003, it was Iraq. In 2019, it's Iran." (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) Laura Gottesdiener
Two Iraqi Peace Activists Confront a Trumpian World
As the Trump administration weighs war, Iraqis prepare a carnival for peace
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How quickly that cleaner future becomes the present in the United States depends at least in part on defeating the oil and gas industry’s self-serving campaign to eliminate the EV tax credit. Elliott Negin
Our Post-Carbon Future Depends on Electric Vehicles—Our Congress Controls Their Economic Lifeline
The fossil fuel industry is working hard to eliminate a tax credit that reduces emissions and creates jobs
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The Art of the New Deal. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Eric Levitz
Democratic Socialism: 'There Is No Alternative'
If our "capitalist" economy depends on constant discretionary interventions by policy-makers, we might as well determine those interventions through democratic debate—and aim them at advancing the best interests of the 99 percent
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He has already committed obstruction of justice a dozen times or so, which is much more serious than speculating what he might do in a hypothetical situation. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump Requests Hacked Dirt on 2020 Democrats From Foreign Regimes in Free Ad Aired on Disney's ABC News
Imagine his secret glee at sending the message all around the world via Disney’s ABC News, and for free
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Michael Winship
The US Senate of Mitch the Impaler
McConnell has turned "the greatest deliberative body" into a corpse.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It's long since time we brought these companies to heel. (Photo: Illustrated | EMILY KASK/AFP/Getty Images, neyro2008/iStock, Nusha777/iStock) Ryan Cooper
How to Stop Google and Facebook From Strangling Journalism
A good place to start would be breaking up the tech giants, and regulating the online advertising market to ensure fair competition
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An ambulance races through a flood in Mumbai, India (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Emergency
For already vulnerable populations, the health risks of extreme weather events can be deadly
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A recent study conducted by Australian climate experts has forecasted that rapidly warming global temperatures could cause human civilization to collapse as early as 2050. (Photo: GRIDArendal) Basav Sen
Trump's War on Science Is Grounds to Impeach
There are fresh signs that the Trump Administration intends to actively interfere in research by federal scientists
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Slavery can exist only in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of that police state was the explicit job of the militias.(Photo: Rodney Dunning/Flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
How Fears of Abolition Shaped the Second Amendment
Little did Madison, Jefferson, or Henry realize that one day in the future, weapons-manufacturing corporations, newly defined as "persons" by a dysfunctional Supreme Court, would use his slave-patrol militia amendment to protect their “right” to manufacture and sell guns to individuals who would...
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Inequality doesn't just happen; it's caused by the deliberate actions of power elites. (Photo: Stop the GOP Tax Scam) Jim Hightower
Trump to Working Class: 'Adios, Chumps'
The guy who pretended to be a champion for America's workers has been a one-man working-class wrecking crew, systematically destroying employee rights and protections against the abuses of corporate bosses
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Students and environmental activists participate in a climate strike in Los Angeles, California on May 24. (Photo: Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeremiah Lowery
Climate Change Is So Much More Than a 'Single Issue'
Tom Perez needs to reconsider his position and the DNC needs to step up to the plate and host a climate debate, because the multiple issues within our climate crisis can no longer be pushed aside
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Even with the Affordable Care Act’s protections against the insurance industry, too many of us worry about dire financial consequences if our health takes a turn for the worse. (Photo: FOX13 Salt Lake City) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
Are You Sure You Actually 'Like' Your Private Health Insurance?
In 2018, as millions of Americans borrowed $88 billion to pay for health care, 62 CEOs of health care companies made a combined total of $1.1 billion in compensation
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, speaking in an interview that aired Sunday on "Axios on HBO." (Photo: Screengrab) Ramzy Baroud
Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the 'Israeli Model'
Kushner thinks he is capable of arranging the future of the Palestinian people without the inclusion of the Palestinian leadership
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New York Times depiction of flooding in Valmeyer, Illinois. (Photo: Hilary Swift/New York Times) Joshua Cho
According to NYT, 'Relentless Flooding' in Midwest Just Happens
The Times failed to link the floods overwhelming the city with a changing climate
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Maine’s new bill may be especially beneficial for women living in rural communities. (Photo: TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Jones
Finally, Some Good News for Abortion Rights
The state’s newly elected Democratic governor, Janet Mills, signed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners, osteopathic physicians, and physicians assistants to perform abortion procedures
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Student debt—now at about $1.6 trillion—is greater than the amount owed to credit cards or in auto loans. (Photo: ©Arenacreative/Dreamstime.com) Jesse Jackson
Bring Troops Home and Send More Kids to College
It aids the ambitious children of low-income families in rural and urban areas to lift themselves above their circumstances
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Trumponomics has been a disaster. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
The 7 Biggest Failures of Trumponomics
Trumponomics has exploded the deficit, hurt ordinary Americans, and lined the pockets of the wealthy and corporations
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Even the most thoughtful and well-intentioned school-reform program can’t improve educational outcomes if it ignores the single greatest driver of student achievement: household income. (Photo: Edmon de Haro) Nick Hanauer
Sorry, But Just Having Better Schools Won’t Fix America
Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first.
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If Israel annexes Palestinian land and closes the door on a sovereign Palestinian state, then the international community must demand that Israel extend citizenship to occupied Palestinians. (Photo: Getty) Sheena Anne Arackal
Annexation Without Citizenship Is Apartheid
The only way to avoid bringing the barbarism of apartheid into the 21 st century is by firmly shifting away from the two-state solution and instead linking Israel’s inevitable annexation of the Occupied West Bank to Israeli citizenship for occupied Palestinians
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As the Republican Party has long understood, it’s all about power. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could not care less about lofty words and high ideals. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
We Don’t Need 23 Presidential Candidates. There’s Another Important Role to Fill
Dear Democratic presidential candidates: If you truly believe your own righteous rhetoric, some of you ought to be spending your time and energy in another vital pursuit—winning control of the Senate
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The issue that should dwarf everything in sight today is planetary climate destruction. It’s happening in plain sight and all around us, and most of us clearly can't bear to think about it. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) David Bromwich
Politics as Usual and Planetary Destruction
Fire and flood: What it means to be "great" on a planet going down
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When abortion is heavily restricted or banned, women from poor, rural and marginalized communities suffer most. (Photo: Lorie Shaull) Margaret Wurth
What Life Is Like When Abortion Is Banned
"As Republicans around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don’t have to use my imagination."
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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction. (Photo: Fred Sharples CC BY 2.0) John Duda
Revealed: Americans Care More About Social Needs Than Deficits
A recent poll from the Democracy Collaborative and YouGov reveals that most Americans are ready to spend more for social needs, even if it raises the deficit
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 An Afghan man and his son watch as soldiers from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division prepare to sweep their home November 7, 2002 in southeastern Afghanistan. Soldiers discovered over a dozen mines and grenades, 14 rocket propelled grenades, and plastic explosives as they searched several compounds as part of Operation Alamo Sweep. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Peace Is a Word That the West Has Taken From the Afghans
With no end of war in sight, this past year has been the deadliest year for civilians since the United States first began to bomb Afghanistan in 2001
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Bonnie Castillo
Medicare for All Is Coming... Because Even the "Insured" Are Not Safe in This For-Profit System
So-called "experts" tell us that Americans love this system and it would be too costly or too complicated to change it. But even those with private insurance or employee-provided coverage know this simply is not true.
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Monday, June 10, 2019
 Rather than letting private equity vultures enrich themselves on the backs of employees who’d been with the store for decades, workers fought back, taking creative actions across the country and pushing legislators and pension funds to get on board—and eventually won a $20 million severance fund. (Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) Andrea Dehlendorf, Ann Marie Reinhart
Retail Workers Nationwide Are United for Respect
Workers around the country are fighting back, taking creative actions and pushing legislators and pension funds to act
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Hundreds of New Yorkers meet on the State Capitol in Albany on 06/01/2016 to call on Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to support the NYS Climate & Community Protection Act. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Rachel M. Cohen
How Unions and Climate Organizers Learned To Work Together in New York
New York Renews offers an encouraging example of how labor and environmental groups can work together to act on climate change
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President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 28, 2019. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP - Getty Images) Julio Ricardo Varela
Trump's Mexico Tariff Deal Is Fake News. Mexico Has Been Enforcing U.S. Immigration Policy For Years
The only thing the Mexican government surrendered in the war of words was its dignity
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Pennsylvania’s surging charter school costs are direct causes of rapidly rising property taxes across the state. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Jeff Bryant
Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way
Charter schools now cost Pennsylvania taxpayers over $1.8 billion annually and account for over 25 percent of the state’s basic education funding
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Don’t let them scare you with words like "socialism." These policies are just common sense. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Same Old Scare Tactic About Socialism
When the Republican candidate inscribes the slogan 'Down With Socialism'…what he really means is, 'Down with Progress.'
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Climate change is a slow-burning hurricane swirling over the entire planet. (Photo: FlaglerLive) Pierre Tristam
Green New Deal Me In
It should all be a call to arms no less urgent than that of the "Fate of the Earth."
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The cult leader constantly paints a picture of an existential threat, often invented, that puts the cult followers in danger. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The Cult of Trump
Only when we recognize Trump as a cult leader, and many of those who support him as cult followers, will we understand where we are headed and how we must resist
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Norman Solomon
Why an "Apology Tour" Is Needed: An Open Letter to Joe Biden
Pretending that you don't have much to apologize for is not viable.
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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Sarah Reinhardt
Will the Trump USDA Deliver on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Our New Report Shows What’s at Stake
"The federal government should be making a renewed commitment to public health by developing a strategy that will allow the benefits of a healthy diet to be realized by all communities."
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Jill Richardson
Dealing With Climate Fear
If you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet is actually worth saving
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Juan Cole
No, WSJ, Palestinians Have Not Given Up On National Rights
Most Palestinians support a just and lasting settlement of the issue of Palestinian statelessness.
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Igor Volsky
What the Gun Control Movement Can Learn From Marriage Equality
Clear goals, consistent strategy, and a sense of personal connection can change public opinion—and the law
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Xavier Best
Decades After False Convictions, 'When They See Us' Highlights Media Failure
While the highly publicized antics of Donald Trump has received a great deal of condemnation, less attention has been paid to how prominent media outlets fell in lockstep with the myth of five deranged black youths randomly attacking white cyclists and joggers in Central Park
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Saturday, June 8, 2019
Sarah Jones
What’s So Funny, Joe?
"After Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores published her account of an unwanted kiss from Joe Biden, the 2020 candidate said he’d have to change the way he campaigned. Instead, he's turned her story into a punch line."
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Jessicah Pierre
Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Milwaukee's novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities
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Nate Singham
How Powerful Mining Corporations Flagrantly Plunder the Global South Without Consequence
The process of corporate plunder in the global mining industry is severely aggravating social and economic inequalities across the planet
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