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Saturday, November 16, 2019
37-year-old Tanisha Anderson, who suffered from mental health isues, was killed by police in 2014 after her family members call 911 for assistance. (Photo: Anderson Family) Laura Flanders
Tanisha Anderson, Impeachment, and a Hawk
This column could probably have gotten more likes if I'd made it about Trump instead of Tanisha Anderson or a hawk.
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AC Milan's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma walks in St. Mark square on November 16, 2019 in Venice, three days after the city suffered the highest tide in 50 years. - Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) Arshad M Khan, Meena Miriam Yust
Venice Is Flooded—A Look at Our Coastal Future
It might look likes the city—world famous for its canal streets—is sinking. But that is not what's happening.
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The progressive news site Splinter shut down abruptly in October. (Credit: Logo illustration) Jack Crosbie
The Progressive Press Is Facing Mass Extinction
Deadspin, Splinter, and ThinkProgress are gone. The mainstream media is hopelessly neutral. Who’s left to check capitalism?
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Republican counsel Steve Castor listens to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing with witness U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the second impeachment hearing held by the committee, House Democrats continue to build a case against U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to link U.S. military aid for Ukraine to the nation’s investigation of his political rivals. (P Michael Winship
The Disdain for Ukraine Is Mainly in Trump's Brain
The President of the United States treats Ukraine as if it were the slaphappy Freedonia of the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup.
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In a video recently screened at an event hosted at one of his luxury properties, and with his Donald Trump Jr. in attendance, the U.S. President—his head superimposed on video game character—walks down the aisle he stops, pulls out a gun, and opens fire on parishioners who have the faces of his critics, or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. (Photo: Screengrab) Christopher Brauchli
The Violence of Fascist Leaders, Then and Now
Although lacking internet, the Nazis knew the value of film in order to get their message to the people.
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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, DC on November 15, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The Most Impeachable President in US History vs. The Most Hesitant Congress.
What are the Democrats waiting for? Trump is the most impeachable tyrant in the country's history—hands down.
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Aerial view as demonstrators march during a national strike and general demonstration called by different workers unions on November 12, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. On Sunday, Government announced it has agreed to start the process to write a new Constitution for the country, which is one of the most repeated demands by the demonstrators since October 18. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Shahid Mahmood
Welcome to Chile: One of Latin America's Most Unequal Countries
The current Constitution illustrates a time when Pinochet along with President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger forced upon Chile economic policies that would consolidate an export-driven economy owned by foreign multi-nationals.
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Michelle Chen
Can Google’s Soul Be Saved?
Rank-and-file Silicon Valley tech workers are using their leverage to push companies toward more ethical business models, or at least away from destroying the environment and undermining human rights.
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Former President of Brazil Lula da Silva speaking in front of the Metalworkers union on November 9, 2019, after his release from prison. (Photo: Brian Mier) Brian Mier
As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There
The Brazilian Supreme Court reversed a 2018 ruling on November 7, upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty in the 1988 Constitution and declaring it illegal to jail defendants before...
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The youth-led Sunrise Movement launched a campaign earlier this year to urge the Democratic Party to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate about the climate crisis. (Photo: Sunrise Movement/Twitter) Tom Weis
DNC Dithers While the World Burns
Does anyone else find it strange that nearly every Democratic presidential candidate has publicly called for a climate debate the DNC refuses to hold?
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Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. (Photo: T.Dallas/ Victor Pickard, David Elliot Berman
Cities and States Take Up the Battle for an Open Internet and Municipal Broadband
A different vision of how the internet could operate is already taking shape across the United States.
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"After devoting nearly two decades to growth at any cost," writes Karr, the Facebook "network has become far too big NOT to fail—even when you consider the resources Facebook is now throwing at filtering and flagging objectionable content. And those failures are having dangerous ramifications in the real world." (Photo: flickr/GostGo/cc) Timothy Karr
Why Facebook Filtering Will Ultimately Fail
We as a society need to do more than hope that Facebook can fix itself.
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David Solnit, Stephanie Guilloud
Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons
The 1999 protest against the World Trade Organization was a key turning point on the cusp of the 21st century, and there is no better moment to remember the lessons and carry forward bold visions of resistance.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to “support the troops,” a state and federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (Photo: Archive/File) Robert C. Koehler
Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress
For far too long, war has won.
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A recent IPS report finds that 80 percent of S&P 500 firms last year paid their CEO over 100 times their median employee pay. At 50 publicly held firms, workers would have to toil at least 1,000 years to make as much as their boss made in just one. (Photo collage: Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
Sanders, Lee, and Tlaib Lead Effort to Tax Huge CEO-Worker Pay Gaps
The House-Senate companion bill address corporate America's extreme disparities, giving firms an incentive to lift up the bottom and bring down the top of their pay scales.
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Demonstrators wave flags as they take part during the day of cultural activities 'El Derecho a Vivir en Paz' called by 'Movimiento Unidad Social' at Plaza O'Higgins on October 27, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Unidad Social, an organization conformed by various social groups, has called society to be part of cultural activities in defence of human rights and against abuses, under the slogan #NoMasAbusos (No more abuses) people demand Sebastian Piñera's Government attention to issues such as health care, pension Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Why Aren't People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?
Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people.
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Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Dreamers Tell Trump and SCOTUS They Are Here to Stay
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a legal challenge being brought against President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, enacted...
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Julie Hollar
NYT Recycles Polling to Tell Democrats Once More: Move to the Right
Hmmm... this was a very slippery question to hang an article on.
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U.S. Army personnel drive through flood waters in Fort Ransom, ND. (Photo: US Army) Michael T. Klare
Welcome to a World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose
What the U.S. military will be doing in a climate crisis future
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 UTOP policemen are driving away demonstrators who support former President Morales and demand the resignation of current interim president Jianine Añiez. (Photo: Gaston Brito/picture alliance via Getty Images) Angela Marino
The Right-Wing Coup in Bolivia Is Exactly the Opposite of What Democracy Looks Like
While emboldening the right wing at home, the face of U.S. foreign affairs once again masks evil with indefensible hypocrisy for people all around the world to see.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
GUATEMALA COUP, 1954. Colonel Miguel Mendoza, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and Major Julio Gaitan (foreground, left-to-right), three leaders of the rebel invasion force which overthrew the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman of Guatemala in 1954. Photographed 24 June 1954. (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images) César Chelala
Coming to Terms With the U.S. Role in Central America
U.S. military intervention has played an important role in the instability, poverty, and violence that drives tens of thousands of people from the Central American countries toward Mexico and the United States.
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When you can’t do good science, you can’t base your public health regulations—your pesticide bans, your pollution controls, your clean water rules, and whatever else—on good science. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jill Richardson
The EPA’s War on Science Continues
The EPA wants to ban research that doesn’t violate the privacy of its subjects. That means less science—and fewer rules for polluters.
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Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It’s poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
Time for a Billionaire Ban
The wealthiest Americans dominate our airwaves. Let’s hear from someone else for a change.
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Chairman Adam Schiff (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (2nd R), Republican of California, during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, with witnesses Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Alan Hirsch
Why This Impeachment Skeptic Changed His Mind
When a president continually engages in inappropriate behavior to win an election, the election itself ceases to be a reliable way of removing him.
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Entire neighborhoods, cities, societies have been shattered by war. The total number of injured and traumatized extends into the tens of millions. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) David Vine
Reckoning With the Costs of War: It's Time to Take Responsibility
As the new Costs of War report and 3.1 million deaths should remind us, part of our responsibility must be to repair some of the immeasurable damage done and to ensure that wars like these never happen again.
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it’s time for the IEA to step up or step aside. (Photograph: Shutterstock) Kelly Trout
Decoding the IEA’s Scenario Spin: Real Reform or More of the Same?
From the IEA’s preview materials, we already know this: The IEA is still failing, in 2019, to respond to climate emergency and steer energy decisions away from fossil fuels and towards the renewable future required to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
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A supporter of former President Evo Morales hands over an indigenous flags "wiphala" to an anti-riot police officer during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 12, 2019. Protesters have been in the streets calling for Morales' resignation. He stepped down after the army requested he leave his post and requested political asylum from Mexico. (Photo: Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
How the OAS and US Just Helped Overthrow Another Government
The U.S. government and the Organization for American States can notch another coup on their belts.
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A couple walks along a line of tractors blocking the parliament in Kiev on November 12, 2019, during a rally to protest against government plans to lift the moratorium on agricultural land sales, a step long awaited by investors but opposed by the Ukrainians fearing a foreign land grab. The former Soviet country, whose stalling economy has been propped up by Western aid in recent years, is home to some of the largest swathes of cultivated land in Europe. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUP Frederic Mousseau, Elena Teare
Ukraine, the Land of Quid Pro Quos
If we are to take the matter of quid pro quos seriously, we should take the measure of over US$20 billion of aid forcing Ukraine to privatize its land and its economy for the profit of a few Western interests.
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In both style and to a certain degree substance, Trump is more mobster a la Capone than politician a la Nixon. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot) Bill Blum
Think Capone When It Comes to Trump’s Impeachment
For Trump, rules, including the rule of law, are meant to be broken. Defiance, fueled by a volatile mix of psychopathology, sociopathy and ignorance, is his brand.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ben Freeman , Ryan Summers
The Perfectly Legal Ways Foreign Powers Subvert US Democracy
Foreign powers have ample ability, through their lobbyists, to directly influence congressional legislation. They also have at least three indirect, perfectly legal avenues for trying to shift U.S. foreign policy in their favor: think tanks, the media, and academia.
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Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales, take part in a march in downtown La Paz on November 12, 2019, after he left in exile to Mexico. - Bolivia's Evo Morales was en route to exile in Mexico on Tuesday, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his abrupt resignation as president. The senator set to succeed Morales as interim president, Jeanine Anez, pledged to call fresh elections to end the political crisis. (Photo: Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia
The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation's massive reserves of this crucial mineral.
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In another poll from a crucial state, California, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 39% of Latinos in California said they prefer Sanders, compared to 21%  for Biden and 5% for  Warren. (Photo: Mark Makela / Stringer/ Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think
"While there’s no one candidate that’s won the hearts and minds of all women voters, it’s Bernie Sanders who has made the most progress."
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Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva passing through the crowd of his supporters after his speech in front of ABC Metallurgists Unionin San Bernardo do Campo, Brazil November 9, 2019. (Photo: Felipe Beltrame/NurPhoto/PA Images) Danica Jorden
Lula Free, Bolsonaro in Rage
A ruling by the Constitutional Court provisionally released Lula. An important part of the Brazilian people welcomed the news with joy and hope. But Bolsonaro reacted with rage and called him "guilty scum."
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Moments after Trump’s statement praising the Bolivian military, Mexico announced it had granted Morales political asylum. Around two dozen lawmakers and officials from Bolivia already had sought refuge from Mexico. (Photo: Flickr) Kevin Gosztola
Trump Applauds Bolivia’s Military Coup As US Establishment Media Blame Morales For Turmoil
Right-wing opposition forces, and their supporters in the U.S. government, benefited from the sheer ignorance of the electoral process in Bolivia, which was weaponized to further destabilize the country.
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Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 12, 2019. - A state of emergency was declared on November 11 and residents in the Sydney area were warned of "catastrophic" fire danger as Australia prepared for a fresh wave of deadly bushfires that have ravaged the drought-stricken east of the country. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
'Catastrophic' Wildfires Threaten Sydney, Australia as Government Backs Coal
A new report on the G20 and climate finds that Australia’s emissions are increasing and there is no plan to rein them in.
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The corporate coup orchestrated by the ruling oligarchs over the past few decades gave us Donald Trump. If this coup is not reversed, far worse will follow. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
Death by Oligarchy
When those on the bottom and in the middle of the social pyramid lose their voice and agency, when the society exists only to serve the greed of the rich, when income inequality reaches the levels it has reached in the United States, the social fabric is torn apart and the society destroys itself.
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His policies drew the great ire of the US government, Western corporations and the corporate press, who function as the ideological shock troops against leftist governments in Latin America. (Photo: CBS/Screenshot) Alan MacLeod
When the US Supports It, It's Not a Coup
The media message from the Bolivia case is clear: A coup is not a coup if we like the outcome.
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Monday, November 11, 2019
It’s not that Trump understands rhetoric. He doesn’t. But he’s like an idiot savant, in that he has an innate capacity to use rhetoric effectively. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) John Atcheson
Trump Is Controlling the Narrative On Impeachment
As long as the media and the Democratic Party allow Trump to impose his rhetorical frame on the impeachment process, the prospect of four more years of Trump remains a clear and present danger.
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The reality is that almost EVERY SINGLE domestic platform on a progressive agenda can be funded by the overinflated military budget. (Photo by Cliff Wells / Veterans for Peace) Garett Reppenhagen
Reclaiming Armistice Day
As I hear the messages of militarism, I’ll be holding up hope (and a sign!) that seeks to reclaim a moment that is rooted in justice and ending wars that disrupt livelihoods and take resources from people around the globe.
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With Medicare for All, the vast majority of families will spend less on health care than they do now on premiums, copays and deductibles. Melinda St. Louis
We Asked a Simple Question. What We Received Was Shocking.
" $10,000 for 4 hours in emergency room, food poisoning. Didn’t even stay the night!"
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Voices activists Brian Terrell, Kathy Kelly and Sarah Ball outside the Brunswick Courthouse. (Photo: Kings Bay Plowshares 7) Brian Terrell
A Doubtful Proposition
A Reflection on the Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7
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In 2006, for instance, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom documented ExxonMobil’s funding of 39 organizations that promoted “inaccurate and misleading” views of climate science. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud/cc/flickr) Naomi Oreskes
The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All
Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.
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Think now of young men or women home from Iraq or Afghanistan, Somalia or Panama, Vietnam or Korea, the woods of Europe or the islands of the Pacific, what they have done cannot be undone, all the words of assurance that their actions were not murder cannot be justified, and nothing can clean the haunting blood from their hands. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert Reeves) Matthew Hoh
And the Armies That Remained Suffer’d: Veterans, Moral Injury and Suicide
The only way to prevent veterans from killing themselves is to prevent them from going to war.
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 As awareness and activism grows among young people around the climate crisis, immigration, racism, gun violence and the Trump administration, we show the connections between these issues and U.S. wars. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Stephanie Rugoff
Helping Students Keep Their Humanity by Not Signing Up for War
We Are Not Your Soldiers brings exposure of imperial wars to a generation of youth largely unaware of the crimes being carried out throughout the world in their names.
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Norman Solomon
Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge
The biggest fear among the billionaire class is not that a progressive Democratic nominee will lose against Trump. The biggest fear is that such a nominee will win.
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Sunday, November 10, 2019
Glen Ford
By Trying to Silence Sanders, the Corporate Media Delegitimize Themselves
Bernie Sanders has been made into a non-person, and his proposals routinely distorted, because the corporate media want Americans to meekly submit to the Race to the Bottom.
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Sam Pizzigati
Inequality and the Iron Law of Decaying Public Services
The fires ravaging California offer still another reason to fear our grand economic divides.
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Theo Wuest
If Money Is Tight, Climate Change Is Your Issue
"40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming."
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Regina Schwartz
Immigration: "Loving Justice"
When we fail to respond humanely to refugees, we not only deny their vulnerability, we also deny our own.
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Karim Sharara
The Struggle of Nation and Religion in Lebanon
"What happens once the protests are over, after people go home, and find that their expectations were cut short? Will it be another thirty years before they muster the courage to rise up again?"
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Christopher Brauchli
Defrauded Students and DeVos
"Betsy DeVos has done so many notable things in her role as Secretary of Education that have justifiably earned her contempt, that being held in contempt by a federal judge because of one failing is barely newsworthy."
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Saturday, November 9, 2019
Richard Eskow
Can Bloomberg Buy the Election for $12 Billion? If So, He Can Write the Check Today
"Michael Bloomberg is providing a public service in one way. He has become a living illustration of our broken economic and political system."
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Debra Utacia Krol
Beyond November, Indigenous Communities Honor Culture and Heritage Year-Round
" We are still here."
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Ryan Gunderson, Diana Stuart
Corporate Climate Commitments: Who Should Lead Climate Action?
Corporate claims about climate action are made with little financial backing or, rather, funneling money in the opposite direction.
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Tom Conway
How Big Corporations Spy on Their Workers to Keep Their Wages Down
"If corporations get the green light to spy on workers, they'll have an easier time ferreting out organizing campaigns and bullying employees into dropping them."
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John Atcheson
The Neoliberal Assault on Warren's Plan to Pay for Medicare for All
Well, that was quick—and predictable.
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Jeffrey C. Isaac
Impeachment Must Be More Than Impeachment
"The impeachment needs to link the Ukraine scandal with the Mueller report."
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"Public TV touts itself as an independent voice – prove it. Take the big step. If you're serious, as you have said, about offering coverage on as many platforms as possible, then make one of those platforms the regular PBS broadcast stations that our nation knows and even loves." Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Our Point Remains: PBS Should Broadcast Impeachment Hearings in Primetime
And not just on digital platforms but on your regular local station.
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Friday, November 8, 2019
The biggest item on the benefit side is that it guarantees a benefit of at least 125 percent of the poverty level for anyone who has worked for at least 30 years. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Dean Baker
A Bold Plan to Strengthen and Improve Social Security Is What America Needs
The average benefit this year is just over $17,600, certainly not enough to maintain a middle-class lifestyle.
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Lindsey Graham says Trump's Ukraine policy was incoherent. It wasn't. He knew what he wanted. But the strategy to defend the president in this impeachment proceeding is certainly incoherent at this point. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Heather Digby Parton
Looks Like GOP Might Run With the "Moron Defense" for Trump
Exhausted Republicans have given up on the claim that Trump did nothing wrong. All they've got left is "he's dumb."
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Donald Trump with former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine
When it comes to Ukraine, Trump has been manipulated as deftly as a mindless marionette. It’s going to cost him.
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By “balancing” Edsall’s column with three other columns that make no mention of economics, class, wealth, poverty or inequality, the Times seems to be happily going along with the centrist smoke and mirrors. (Photo: Flickr/cc/ ALec Perkins/NYT) Julie Hollar
Throwing the Base Under the Bus—and Other Deep Thoughts From NYT
Edsall wants Democratic candidates to appeal to white working-class voters, not by offering them real economic succor, but by throwing the rest of the party under the bus.
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The only way to preserve the current social and economic order is by force. And when people have had enough, they meet force with resistance and resilience. (Photo: by Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Governments Beware: People Are Rising Up All Over the World
Free-market capitalism has proved time and again to be a failure. The promised riches are distributed far too unequally, and for most they never transpire.
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General view as people gather in a massive protest at Plaza Baquedano during the eighth day of protests against President Sebastian Piñera's government on October 25, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. President Sebastian Piñera announced measures to improve social inequality, however unions called for a nationwide strike and massive demonstrations continue as death toll reached 18. Demands behind the protests include issues as health care, pension system, privatization of water, public transport, education, social m Ralph Nader
America's Streets and Squares Are Waiting, But When Will the People Rise Up to Fill Them?
While there are some street protests in the U.S., they are sadly too few and far between.
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Richard Nixon announces his resignation from the White House, 9th August 1974. (Photo: Dirck Halstead/Liaison/via Getty Images) Michael Winship and Bill Moyers
A Message to PBS: Televise the Trump Impeachment Hearings for All to See
Why we took out that ad in The New York Times.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Facebook will leave up political ads containing lies if they are posted by candidates. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Steven Rosenfeld
Social Media Is Amplifying Trump’s Rants and Disinformation More Than Ever—Can Society Protect Itself?
As 2020 approaches, a look at disinformation trends, who’s susceptible, and the Democratic Party’s countermeasures.
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They are, in other words, doomed to repeat my own unfulfilling, damaging journey—in some cases, on the very same ground in Iraq and Afghanistan where I fought. (Photo: Caitlin O’hara/AFP/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire
A new generation of West Pointers joins America’s hopeless wars.
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Why are banks no longer lending to each other? Are they afraid that collapse is imminent somewhere in the system, as with the Lehman collapse in 2008? (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Ellen Brown
Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed?
It looks to be just another case of Wall Street fattening itself at the public trough, using the funds of mom and pop depositors to maximize bank profits and line the pockets of bank executives while depriving small businesses of affordable loans.
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Shoppers carry bags at the Iranian capital Tehran's old Tajrish bazar on April 23, 2019. (Photo: ATTA KENARE / AFP/Getty) Vijay Prashad
How U.S. Sanctions on Iran Are Killing Innocent People
The evidence is undeniable. The U.S. sanctions are seriously destroying Iran’s health infrastructure and are leading to immediate deaths and suffering of the Iranian population.
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Robert Reich
Massive Power, Dangerous Lies, and Why Corporations Like Facebook Must Be Broken Up
Antitrust law was designed to check the power of giant commercial entities. Its purpose wasn't just to hold down consumer prices but also to protect democracy.
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An estate tax is levied on the value of a deceased person's estate before it's distributed to the heirs. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Jimmy Gomez
Hiking the Estate Tax Will Help Close the Wealth Gap
A robust estate tax would limit the American aristocracy, narrow the wealth gap and raise revenue for public services essential to those of us who won't inherit a fortune.
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Thousands of Irish schools students participate today in the Global School Strike for Climate Action march on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)   Sydney Ghazarian
The Climate Strikers Walked Out of School. Next, Let’s Walk Off the Job.
We can leverage our power as workers through high-impact, disruptive labor strikes that halt the economy’s gears until politicians can no longer ignore us, and are forced to cede to demands that will save the world.
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"We’re in deep, deep trouble."(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Trump's Climate Crimes Are His Most Impeachable Offenses
The climate crisis imperils the planet. To deny it is impeachable, the highest of high crimes and misdemeanors.
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Nuclear stockpiles have shrunk, not grown, and nuclear-armed nations number nine. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys
Hello, omnicide.
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Thousands of people turnout to hear Senator Bernie Sanders and take action against the Republican tax plan that would give huge tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations while raising taxes for many middle-class families and threatening to unravel the Affordable Care Act at John S. Knight Center on December 2, 2017 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Norman Solomon
The Class Warfare of Billionaires Against Sanders and Warren
The fight happening now for the Democratic presidential nomination largely amounts to class warfare. And the forces that have triumphed in the past are outraged that they currently have to deal with progressive opposition from not one but two candidates.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Jane Fonda and her Fire Drill Fridays are linking social movements across issues, eyeing the connections between the myriad problems we see causing climate chaos, many of them rooted in capitalist consumer culture. (Photo: Twitter/CodePink) Jodie Evans
Avoiding the Climate Catastrophe Starts With Divesting From the War Machine
The time has come to divest from the war machine and withdraw our public dollars from weapons corporations.
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If Chenoweth is right and the million Chileans in the street have breached the tipping point for successful non-violent popular democracy, Chile may be leading the way to a global political and economic revolution. (Photo:  RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Neoliberalism’s Children Rise Up to Demand Justice in Chile and the World
It is entirely fitting that Chile should be in the vanguard of the protests sweeping the world in this Autumn of Discontent, since Chile served as the laboratory for the neoliberal transformation of economics and politics that has swept the world since the 1970s.
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Communities are taking things into their own hands, advocating for and winning automatic voter registration and same-day registration, upending proposed voter roll purges, and requesting absentee ballots.(Photo: Shutterstock) Robert P. Alvarez
Republicans, Not Russians, Threaten Our Elections
When turnout climbs, Republicans lose. No wonder they're closing polling places and purging voters all over the country.
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Adjusting for inflation inequality in this fashion, they estimate that 3.8 million more people would be counted as poor in 2018, and that the poverty rate would be 1.0 percentage point higher (12.8 percent rather than 11.8 percent) that same year.(Photo: Becker1999/flickr/cc) Shawn Fremstad
Inflation Inequality and the Poverty Measure
Today the United States is the only country in the world that measures present-day poverty by using a poverty line set over half a century ago.
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Meals on Wheels and other HHS-funded community meal programs designed to support older adults could refuse to deliver food to older Americans who are Jewish, Muslim, or LGBTQ. (Photo: Gabe Souza/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Louise Melling
Trump Wants to Allow Discrimination With Billions of Dollars of Federal Funding
Proposal from Health and Human Services would allow discrimination based on faith—including people who are Jewish, Muslim, Catholic—as well as LGBTQ people.
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Keep in mind that such Military Support Sites only begin to scratch the surface when it comes to the Pentagon’s inventory of non-base outposts. (Photo: Nick Turse
Winter Is Coming
Castle Black, the Syrian withdrawal, and the Battle of the Bases.
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The Massachusetts senator is adamant that her plan would not impose any taxes on the middle class. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) Ilana Novick
How Warren’s 'Medicare for All' Plan Hurts the Cause
Warren’s funding scheme is getting major criticism from the left.
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Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, shown campaigning in Iowa, has released a plan for Medicare for All. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
The Medicare for All Debate Is Long Overdue
Medicare for All is popular at first look. When the insurance and drug companies and other opponents unleash their arguments, people’s doubts grow.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
You don’t have to be a so-called “originalist,” interpreting the Constitution according to what the founders were trying to do at the time, in order to see how dangerous it is to allow a president to seek help in an election from a foreign power. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
Case Closed. There's No Question the Founding Fathers Would Impeach Trump
If a president can invite a foreign power to influence the outcome of an election, there's no limit to how far foreign powers might go to curry favor with a president by helping to take down his rivals.
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William the Conqueror pillaged and plundered to become one of the 20 wealthiest human beings in history. In modern times, bonus-chasing CEOs have followed suit. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Sam Pizzigati
William the Conqueror and CEO pay
In 2018, fifty publicly traded U.S. corporations paid their CEOs more than 1,000 times what they paid their median workers.
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Massive worker protests killed a “grand bargain” with Republicans proposed by President Obama that would have cut Social Security benefits. (Photo: Fighting back works!) Dave Lindorff
You Will Have Social Security Just Like Your Parents and Grandparents—If You Fight to Keep It!
Despite being a socialist idea in a country that has always officially rejected and ridiculed socialism, it is hands down the most successful government program in the history of this nation.
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For communities dependent on fossil fuels, particularly in regions like Appalachia with few other major industries, today’s job losses are just the latest phase of a long decline. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ann Eisenberg
As the Coal Industry Shrinks, Miners Deserve A Just Transition—Here's What It Should Include
A just transition should focus on sustainably rebuilding regional economies, and should be informed by input from people who are affected.
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The survival of private prisons depends on keeping a consistent and increasing number of people incarcerated and today immigrants serve as this predatory industry's primary cash generators. (Photo: Shutterstock) Todd Miller
Why Climate Action Needs to Target the Border Industrial Complex
Climate change is displacing a growing number of people; governments are responding by privatising border policing.
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We must know the candidate’s vision on nuclear policy—their approach to eliminating the risk of nuclear war. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Cecili Thompson Williams
Which of the 2020 Candidates Are Ready to Address the Threat of Nuclear Weapons?
Will the candidates continue to support the policy that gives the US president unfettered authority to start a nuclear war? Or will they instead lower global risk of war and publicly commit the US to a nuclear No First Use policy?
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The U.S. began to adhere to a doctrine of shareholder capitalism in the 1980s and beyond, a philosophy that minimized the role of the state, and gave primacy to short-term profitability, as well as production growth through efficiency (i.e., downsizing) and mergers. (Photo: iStock) Marshall Auerback
America Will Keep Losing Its Middle Class as Long as 'Free Markets' Dominate the Economic Debate
We need to invest in research and development if we’re going to strengthen the middle class and compete in a global market.
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Monday, November 4, 2019
Trump has long invited his followers to violence. (Photo: Screenshot) Dorothee Benz
Nazi-Normalizing Barf Journalism in the Trump Era
Again and again during Trump’s presidency, corporate media have fallen over themselves to find acceptable ways to describe utterly unacceptable behavior, policies and decisions—none more so than the New York Times.
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Roberto Savio
Farewell to the World Social Forum?
Citizens have become more aware of the need for change than they were when we first met in Porto Alegre many years ago.
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Greta Thunberg is the global face of this movement and her presence is extremely influential. (Photo: Anders Hellberg/Effekt) Svenja Blanke
Who’s Afraid of Greta Thunberg?
The character of Greta Thunberg is part of a polarised global confrontation regarding climate change. Despite what her critics may say, her speeches have contributed to social mobilisation and awareness of the climate crisis and the future of the planet.
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World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Simone D. McCourte / World Bank) Leo Baunach
World Bank Rankings Promote Deregulation at the Expense of Working People
The highly controversial annual Doing Business report gives governments high marks if they slash taxes and worker protections.
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A boy holds a poster as he participates in a protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of the Fridays for Future demonstrations in Mumbai, India on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Dear Fossil Fuels: It’s Over
Breaking up is never easy, but humanity is ready for this toxic relationship to end once and for all.
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Syria has no oil to speak of, and certainly not the sort of potential production that would remunerate a US investor. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 6 Problems With Trump Taking Syrian Oil
Whoever told Trump the US was there for oil is an inspired fabulist who pulled the wool over Trump’s eyes.
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The entire political and governmental system is corrupt. (Photo: John Sonderman/Flickr cc 2.0) Chris Hedges
The Enemy Within Is Deep Indeed
The deep state, incapable of reform and determined to retain its grip on power, will morph under the threat of popular unrest into a corporatized fascism.
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We are all hostages to the blunderer who would never have been in the White House if it weren’t for a country that had already auctioned off its political system to the highest bidders and its government to the national security state. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump
Donald in Blunderland: Living a mixed metaphor.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019
A US soldier stands by an armored vehicle during a patrol of the northern countryside of the northeastern Syrian town of al-Malikiyah (Derik) at the border with Turkey, on November 3, 2019. Ron Forthofer
Proposed Withdrawal of US Troops in Syria
President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the...
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We the People John Atcheson
Politics as a Food Fight: The Media Is Feeding the Political Divide
False “balance” which infects the entire mainstream media, making it puke out nonsense as if it were news.
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