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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Corporate media has boosted centrist presidential candidates taking the most money from the healthcare industry. (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
Insurance Lobby Talking Points Don’t Come With Warning Labels
The healthcare industry has spent over $2 billion on lobbying over the past four years, more than any other industry.
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Monday, January 27, 2020
It will be interesting to see how progressive candidates and policies fare at this convention, given the makeup of these committees. (Photo: Edward Kimmel/Flickr/cc) Thomas Neuburger
Tom Perez Stacks 2020 Convention Committees With 'From the Swamp' Nominations
Perez's nominations clearly show that the swamp seems in it to win for itself, regardless of the electoral outcome for the nation.
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Last May, the United Steelworkers union noted that the newly merged DowDupont was paying its CEO 249 times more than the company’s median worker. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sam Pizzigati
Trump’s EPA Is a Huge Cancer Risk
Industry-friendly regulators are letting chemical companies flood the country with toxins. It should be a scandal.
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Wet markets are an established and ingrained part of Chinese community and culture, and thus it is no surprise that diseases are now jumping from animals to humans and humans to humans. (Photo by Edward Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images) Pete Salmansohn
What Barry Commoner's Four Principles of Ecology Has to Do With China's Coronavirus
"The present system of production is self-destructive; the present course of human civilization is suicidal."
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Netanyahu has pledged that there will be no Palestinian state as long as he is prime minister. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Palestinians See Trump-Netanyahu Apartheid Plan as End of Oslo Peace Process and "Steal of the Century"
Palestinians are under Israeli military rule and are being deprived of basic human rights, including the right to have citizenship in a state.
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Climate change, after all, looks to be nature’s slo-mo version of nuclear war. (Photo: David Gray/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
For the Fate of Planet Earth, Please See Page 5
Are we all Australians yet?
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 Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), cheer during his event at Nashua Community College on December 13, 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Iowa Caucuses are less than two months away. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Young People Are Set to Make History With Bernie Sanders—If They Show
The youth movement is on the ground in New Hampshire showing the nation how it's done.
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In this screenshot taken from a Senate Television webcast, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on January 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Thank You, Adam Schiff
For a job well done, the nation should be grateful. But…
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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Four #NoCoalNoGas campaign activists block a coal train near Worcester, Massachusetts on Dec. 7. (Twitter/Jay O’Hara) Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, Arnie Alpert
Blocking Trains and Removing Coal, Climate Activists Fight to Close One of New England’s Largest Power Plants
By escalating from symbolic actions to obstruction, the #NoCoalNoGas campaign is mounting a serious challenge to the fossil fuel industry with a growing network of climate activists.
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Painting of Howard Zinn by Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth. Bill Bigelow
Ten Years After Howard Zinn’s Death — Lessons from the People’s Historian
Now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn’s wisdom.
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Donald Trump sits next to Pam Bondi at the Palm Beach Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago Christopher Brauchli
Trump Team Titans
"Birds of a feather will gather together."
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President Donald Trump at the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland Sam Pizzigati
The Evolution of ‘Davos Man’ into . . . Trump Fan!
With everything from tax cuts to deregulation, the president has made himself indispensable to the world's mega rich.
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Glenn Greenwald Rainey Reitman
When Computer Crimes Are Used to Silence Journalists
Why EFF stands against the prosecution of Glenn Greenwald
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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a session at the Congres center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Massimo Paciotto Biggers , Jeff Biggers
Greta Thunberg Needs No Defense: Why We Must Keep Climate Striking
While President Trump dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and scientists as "perennial prophets of doom " at the World World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, climate strikers in...
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Karl Evers-Hillstrom
Lobbying Spending in 2019 Nears All-Time High as Health Sector Smashes Records
Federal lobbying spending surpassed $3.47 billion last year.
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Two people hold "for peace" signs Olivia Paschal
Southern Peace Activists Help Soldiers Become Conscientious Objectors
The South is arguably the engine of the U.S. war machine—but also a center for anti-war activism.
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Demonstrators hold signs to protest the construction of TransCanada's Coastal GasLink through unceded Wet'suwet'en territory. Council of Canadians
Is Our Right to Peaceful Protest Disappearing?
More and more, we are seeing examples of this freedom of expression being criminalized.
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Who Will Protect My Right NOT to Pay for Your Child’s Religious Education? Steven Singer
Who Will Protect My Right NOT to Pay for Your Child’s Religious Education?
A case before the US Supreme Court this week, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, has far-reaching implications.
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Julie Hollar
For Corporate Media, Bernie Sanders Is Bigger Threat Than Donald Trump
Tarring Sanders with the same brush as Trump on any grounds is a tactic clearly intended to discredit Sanders among the anti-Trump public.
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Friday, January 24, 2020
A youth holds a placard as she participates in a climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future" in Hyderabad on September 20, 2019. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) Raffi Cavoukian
Forty Years After "Baby Beluga," Here's Why I'm Enlisting in War World III to Defeat the Climate Crisis
Four decades after release of iconic children's song—and as we run out of time to respond to the existential climate emergency our world faces—I've run out of patience. We have just ten years to secure the future.
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Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, not only went against dollars and cents in pleasing his fellow polluters, he went against all scientific sense. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Derrick Z. Jackson
EPA’s New Water Rule a Mockery of Science and the Clean Water Act
If the Trump administration’s own scientific advisory board, a host of biological societies, and scores of former government agency officials are disappointed, the rest of America should be fearful and angry.
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"We are now awakening to the responsibilities that come with our distinctive ability to consciously create our future." (Photo by Aliraza Khatri/Getty Images) David Korten
The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over
This is our time to step up to the challenge of our age and to create a future consistent with our reality as living beings born of and nurtured by a living Earth.
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The current commander-in-chief could never have expanded America’s wars in the Greater Middle East (contra his campaign promises) or unilaterally drone-assassinated a foreign leader, without the militaristic foundations laid down for him by George W. Bush and Barack Obama. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Danny Sjursen
America's Global Chaos-Creating Death Machine
Mad policies for a mad world.
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Speaker Pelosi missed known opportunities to throw the Republicans on the defensive in the Senate and tie them up in knots. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment But Short of Going All Out for His Removal
There is still time for Pelosi to instruct her colleagues to immediately publicize the other ways Trump has shattered our Constitution and warn him that a second round of impeachments could be around the corner.
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President Donald Trump at the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Photo: Shealah Craighead / White House) Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump’s Rosy Economic Outlook Is a Big Lie
It should not surprise us in the least that the most dishonest president in U.S. history would spin a fantastical vision of the economy that appears to exist only in his imagination.
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The public must engage in order to end this war on journalism. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
The Assange Precedent: The Spark That Lit the Fire in the War on Journalism
This is the most important press freedom case of the 21st century.
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Thursday, January 23, 2020
"The gap between rich and poor can’t be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies." (Photo: blind.fortune / Flick) Ilana Novick
Oxfam Report Contains Dire Warning for Global Capitalism
"Extreme wealth is a sign of a failing economic system."
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Clinton’s combination of entitlement, arrogance and low self-esteem have prevented her from taking stock. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Alison Rose Levy
End of Blame Game: Sanders (and His Supporters) Helped Hillary Win Popular Vote in 2016
Sanders voters were an indispensable contribution to her popular vote tallies.
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Brown bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska (Photo: Shutterstock) Courtney Bourgoin
What We Lose When We Lose Wildlife
The climate and mass extinction crises are interwoven—but we are equipped with the solutions.
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Sanctions starve our people of food, medicine, and safety while public figures threaten us with more violence.(Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
Americans Need to Hear More from Iranians. Here’s Where to Start.
Here are a few illuminating and emotionally resonant pieces by real Iranians on life under sanctions, the brutality of war, and the recent crisis.
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What the Republicans want is not a fair trial but a cover-up. And a cover-up is the last thing the nation needs at this critical juncture in its history. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Images) Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: Call Trump to Testify at His Impeachment Trial
None of the potential witnesses identified by Democrats could offer evidence as relevant as the President on his motives in dealing with Zelensky and ordering a hold on American aid.
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U.S. troops train some 25 miles from the Iraqi border, near Camp New York, on January 21, 2003, in Kuwait, Iraq. (Photo: Gilles Bassignac / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Stephen Zunes
Today’s US-Iran Crisis Is Rooted in the Decision to Invade Iraq
It fits a longstanding pattern in U.S. foreign policy of engaging in illegal and unnecessary foreign military interventions that create a series of crises that are then utilized to justify further foreign military intervention.
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 This nation’s lack of atonement for its past—combined with the endless wars it is currently waging—make King’s legacy profoundly problematic, by which I mean relevant. (Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
FBI, King and the Tremors of History
The FBI—the agency that saw King and the civil rights movement as a communist plot—subjected him to merciless surveillance and may have tried to get him to commit suicide.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
"Headlines typically draw in readers or viewers by including the most relevant and interesting information," writes Cho. "When only 40% of the US public read past the headlines, that means a good majority of readers have their worldviews shaped by the short bits of stories editors choose to highlight." (Collage: FAIR) Joshua Cho
23 Corporate Media Headlines Obscure Biden's Social Security Lies
Headlines like "Joe Biden Falsely Claims that Bernie Sanders Is Spreading a 'Doctored Video'" were nowhere to be found, they would have been more accurate.
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Western progressive outlets have a peculiar habit of rolling out their “critiques" of leftist or otherwise independent governments in the global South right at the moment when these states are under imperial assault, echoing the corporate media’s unanimous regime-change chorus. (Photo: Screenshot)  Lucas Koerner
How Western Left Media Helped Legitimate US Regime Change in Venezuela
While invariably couched in the language of "left" analysis, this coverage weakens domestic opposition to the US and other Western states’ murderous onslaught on the Venezuelan people.
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If we suppress all discussion, all criticism, proclaiming, "This is the answer, my friends; man is saved!" we will doom humanity for a long time to the chains of authority, confined to the limits of our present imagination. (Photo: Illustration: Variety; Elements: Shutterstock) Debi Smith
If You Have the Truth, What Are You So Afraid Of?
We the masses have become largely unwitting victims of the elites and their indoctrination schemes, sales pitches, and controlling propaganda.
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The reality is a stock market boom is not the basis of shared prosperity. (Photo: Scott Beale on Flickr) Thomas Palley
A Stock Market Boom Is Not the Basis of Shared Prosperity
Our addiction to stock price inflation is politically and economically toxic. It is rooted in an illusion promoted by Wall Street, the Federal Reserve and mainstream economists that conflates the stock market and shared prosperity.
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Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has often been critical of Trump, who in turn has viciously attacked the newspaper and its owner. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Did Saudi Prince Bin Salman Personally Hack Jeff Bezos’s Phone, Vacuuming Up Secrets? What About Jared Kushner?
The revelation that Bin Salman himself played a pivotal role in the attempt to ruin Bezos’s life over the Washington Post‘s reporting on Saudi Arabia and on Donald Trump should send chills down the spine of everyone who has ever chatted with the prince over Whatsapp.
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With so many politicians in the pockets of their big donors, it’s been even harder to make progress on issues like gun safety, health care costs, or climate change. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Tiffany Muller
Citizens United: The Court Ruling That Sold Our Democracy
Ten years after Citizens United, the damage is broad and deep—but we can still fix it.
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A Haitian man sells used shoes in Port-au-Prince amidst earthquake damage on January 9, 2012. (Photo: THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP via Getty Images) Mina Remy, Chris Morrill
10 Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, A Crossroads
For decades, Haitian capitalism has let the country’s poor barely survive, or die in the earthquake rubble of the slums, while its wealthy thrived.
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A member of the audience takes pictures of the Democratic presidential hopefuls during the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Imperative of Pulling Together to Beat the Trump Who Would Be King
Soon will come a time when fighting among Democrats must cease.
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Israeli soldiers remove the body of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, who was shot and killed by an IDF soldier on March 24 in Hebron. (Photo: Wissam Hashlamon/Flash90) Ramzy Baroud
In the Name of "Israel’s Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Despite a palpable sense of war fatigue among all Americans, regardless of their political leaning, the US continues to sink deeper into Middle East conflicts simply because it is unable—or, perhaps, unwilling—to challenge Israel’s benefactors in all facets of the American government.
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Mr. Reagan set the modern stage for the oligarchy we now experience. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, cc) Bruce T. Boccardy
The Commons and the Danger of Misplaced Outrage
Sweeping condemnation of government ignores the indispensable purpose of government that is the cement of our country by serving everyone.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in a hallway after a vote December 2, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Richard L. Clinton
Where Is Your Courage and Decency? An Open Letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander from a Childhood Friend
We were taught early on the basic values of honesty, civility, and shame. What happened?
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 "Frankly, I don’t know what it's going to take," writes Pierce, "to get an anesthetized citizenry off its ass and realize what a threat the country is facing in having a criminal idiot as a chief executive." (Photo: Ted Eytan/flickr/cc) Charles P. Pierce
Why Aren't the American People Marching in the Streets Over McConnell Cover-Up in the Senate
The American public has now proved that it will tolerate just about anything except sign-stealing in baseball and a bad decision on The Bachelor.
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Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) speaks in favor of the For the People Act, a sweeping, pro-democracy bill passed by the House in 2019 that combines measures to protect voting rights, curb Big Money influence, and strengthen ethics rules. (Photo: Getty Images.) Chris Kromm
Citizens United at 10: Why Fighting Corruption Is a Racial Justice Issue
In the wake of Citizens United, perhaps the most promising development has been efforts by democracy advocates to link anti-corruption measures with broader, pro-democracy reform.
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Woman and child in flood in Indonesia. (Photo: World Meteorological Organisation, Flickr/Climate Visuals) Marianne Brooker
Climate Refugee Ruling Sets 'Global Precedent'
'Governments must consider a heating planet’s imminent threat to Pacific peoples’ lives.'
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For years, one of the targets for campaigners leading the fossil fuel divestment campaign has been the asset management company BlackRock. (Photo: Sarah Eckel-Dalrymple/CodePink) Andy Rowell
Is BlackRock Announcement "Beginning of the End for Fossil-fuel System?"
It’s time to shut them down.
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 Presenting Iran as the reason for attacks on US forces in Iraq also implies that Iraqis had little objection to the US invasion, legitimizing the US’s ongoing military presence in the country. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc) Gregory Shupak
The US’s Inalienable Right to Violence
In the imperial imagination, the US has the right to violently pursue its objectives wherever it wants, and any resistance is illegitimate.
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Lower pay for those at the top increases the real pay for those at the bottom and middle. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) Dean Baker
If Worker Pay Had Kept Pace With Productivity Gains Since 1968, Today's Minimum Wage Would Be $24 an Hour
In such a world, a full-time minimum wage worker would be earning $48,000 a year in the United States.
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Essentially, it’s democracy for sale to the highest bidder. (Photo: Joe Bruskey/cc/flickr) Brett Wilkins
Bernie Sanders: 10 Years Fighting Citizens United
"You can’t take on a corrupt system if you take its money."
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I’d describe how Bernie has a powerful movement behind him, built over years, with millions of small donors. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Roy Eidelson
Bernie, Biden, and My Father
Bernie has the highest favorability ratings of all the primary candidates and the latest national polls show him beating Trump in the general election.
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For too long Congress has largely abdicated its responsibilities when it comes to holding the Pentagon accountable. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) Mandy Smithberger
How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder in Contract After Contract
A Congress that allows endless wars, terrible spending practices, and multiplying conflicts of interest is, as the history of the twenty-first century has shown us, a recipe for disaster.
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Much of the energy behind the Sanders campaign is generated by what corporate media outlets often criticize or mock—Bernie’s consistency as he keeps denouncing massive income inequality and corporate power. (Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Bernie Sanders' People-Powered Campaign Is on Fire
The Bernie 2020 campaign is a crucible of broader activism from the grassroots that can spark uprisings of heat and light.
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Monday, January 20, 2020
In this photo illustration the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) logo is displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Russell Mokhiber
Disease of Contempt: When Will the PBS Public Editor Pick Up the Phone?
For too long, PBS has been afflicted by a disease of contempt for its viewers. Corporate sponsors come first.
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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963 (Photo: TNS) Jesse Jackson
Dr. King Called On Us to Express the Better Angels of Our Souls
Dr. King’s commitment provides a wonderful example for all of us, but particularly for the young. By the wisdom of his teaching, the justice of his cause, the intensity of his commitment, he helped transform America.
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The solutions come from we, the people. The solutions come from the populace living at the sharp end of inequality. (Photo: World Economic Forum/Pascal Bitz/flickr) Dr. Wanda Wyporska
Don’t Listen to Davos. We, the People, Have the Solutions to Inequality
The UK, a nation of food banks and Ferraris, ranks as the world’s sixth-richest economy. Advocates are demanding change.
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Despite CNN's grandstanding claims that Sanders has not provided a price tag on his health plan, he repeatedly says that Medicare for All will cost $30 trillion or a bit more over 10 years. (Photo: CNN) Jeff Cohen
7 Pointed Questions for Corporate Media About Their Anti-Progressive Biases
Over the last year, corporate outlets have continuously portrayed progressive reforms as scarily left-wing despite poll after poll showing they are broadly popular.
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 Dr. King was a troublemaker, in the best sense of the word. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Richard Eskow
Dr. King's Radical Revolution Of Values
Dr. King’s spirit lives on in the new Poor People’s Campaign, and in every place radicals gather to change the world.
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(Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Karen Greenberg, Joshua L. Dratel
Guantánamo's Indelible Legacy
Here are eight ways in which the toxic policies of Gitmo have contaminated American institutions, as well as our laws and customs, in the years since 2002.
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The students walked away from the unit with a deeper sense of the wars America has been and a more nuanced understanding of World War II and Vietnam. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Brian Gibbs
Teaching War So That It Matters
Students need to be taught a more nuanced and complete narrative on the endless wars America has been involved in.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Nikola Alexandre
Why Mother Nature Is the Key to Reforestation Planet Desperately Needs
While mass planting of trees is absolutely necessary, assisted natural regeneration simply supports and accelerates the natural process of forests which yearn to grow.
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Drastically reducing our energy use and implementing vast amounts of wind and solar are the best hopes for stopping coal. (Photo: AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Despite Trump Vows, Coal Industry Falling as Wind Power Surges in US and Worldwide
Trump is one of a handful of significant trans-generational genocidal maniacs whose policies will kill millions in the future.
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Julian Assange supporters demonstrate outside of the Westminster Magistrates Court on November 18, 2019 in London. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
Why Americans—and the World—Ought to Be Concerned About Julian Assange's Extradition Case
The indictment of Assange is recognized by many free speech groups as the most important press freedom case of our time. Yet, with mainstream media blackout and utter silence of political leaders on this important issue, criminalization of journalism goes on without much of the public being aware...
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Saturday, January 18, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: White House / Flickr) Sameena Mustafa, Arti Walker-Peddakotla
Hindu Fascism: An All-American Threat
We, as Muslim and Hindu women of color, have watched in horror as both the country of our ancestors, India, and the country of our birth, the United States, have devolved into nationalism and fascism.
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JoAnn Conrad, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, canvases a residential neighborhood on January 31, 2016 in West Burlington, Iowa. The 2020 Iowa caucuses will be on February 3.  (Photo: Michael B. Thomas / AFP via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Voters in Iowa Care More About Key Issues Than Warren-Sanders Unity
"What people are talking about on the doors is nothing like what's on social media."
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New York Times columnist David Brooks. (Photo: Miller Center/flickr/cc) Josh Bivens
Of Course There Is a Class War, David Brooks
Though absolutely wrongheaded and naive, his latest New York Times column is very useful.
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Friday, January 17, 2020
Frac sand in Wisconsin. (Photo by Tara Lohan) Tara Lohan
How One Utah Community Fought the Fracking Industry—and Won
Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer.
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Every presidential hopeful should publicly publicly commit to not use the 2001 or 2002 AUMFs to take military action. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ashley Pratt , Susan Nahvi
Presidential Candidates Must Promise to Rein in Use of Force
The American people need presidential candidates who will vow to use peaceful, constructive means to solve diplomatic disagreements.
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A wounded Iraqi child. (Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images) Claudia Lefko
That This Doctor Cannot Even Afford Computer Shows Iraqis Still Paying Price of US Invasion
No one can be in good health when they are living in a war/post-war zone such as Iraq.
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Homeless residents gather outside their tents on a sidewalk in Los Angeles, California on January 8, 2020. - California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state budget will include more than $1 billion directed towards homelessness, in response to a growing crisis on the streets on California's major cities. (Photo:  Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Pat LaMarche
Why Advocates for the Homeless Are Forced to Repeat Themselves Again and Again
Homelessness, at its root, is not about lack of housing. It is about systemic poverty and the instability our tattered social safety net creates.
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Neither GDP nor the Dow is a good measure of economic performance. Neither tells us what’s happening to ordinary citizens’ living standards or anything about sustainability. (Photo: Johannes Eisle/AFP/Getty Images) Joseph Stiglitz
Here's the Truth: Trump's Economy Is an Absolute Disaster for People and the Planet
It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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The food system has to change in significant ways if it hopes to continue amidst changing climates and disappearing landscapes. (Photo: The Ecologist) Emily Folk
Environmental Changes in our Food System
Consumers are calling for greater sustainability across the board, and the agriculture industry is no exception.
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Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (Photo: Tasnim News Agency / Wikimedia/CC) Sonali Kolhatkar
Three Reasons Why Trump Ordered Soleimani’s Killing
Trump killed Soleimani because he could, because he wanted to reassert American military dominance—and because he thinks it can help his chances of reelection.
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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings behind him, speaks in support of HR 1 at the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) Tiffany Muller
As Citizens United Turns 10, We Need Candidates Who Will Fight to Get Money Out of Politics
In the decade since this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, just 11 wealthy people have made 20 percent of super PAC donations.
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives to the Senate chamber for impeachment proceedings at the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, the House impeachment managers read the articles of impeachment against President Trump in the Senate chamber and Roberts sworn in every senator for the trial. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Ralph Nader, Louis Fisher, and Bruce Fein
Let Chief Justice John Roberts Cut the Gordian Knot of Trump's Impeachment Trial
The Chief Justice serves for life shielded from partisan pressures. As a way to dispel combustible suspicions of bias, life tenure makes him the optimal choice for presiding over—and setting the rules for—the trial.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
To date, Trump’s publicly announced justifications for Soleimani’s assassination have shifted wildly, in the fashion of dictators of developing nations, lurching from one bogus rationale to another. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Bill Blum
Trump’s Unprecedented Attack on Iran and the Rule of Law
It’s time to demand an end to the madness once and for all.
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The Space Force is a huge white elephant, worse than the Reagan-era missile defense system dubbed Star Wars. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Trump's Space Force Means Trump Not Satisfied Being Terrible Only on This Planet
The U.S. military is creating an imaginary "space gap" to pour money into closing, wasting funds while increasing the risk of conflict.
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Under the new rules, immigrant detainees will face even greater hurdles in accessing lawyers and legal materials. (Photo: Shutterstock) Eunice Cho
The Trump Administration Weakens Standards for ICE Detention Facilities
The new immigration detention standards set by the Trump administration weaken critical protections and lower oversight requirements. The consequences for the health and safety of people who are detained could be disastrous.
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Zuckerberg’s Facebook sends Trump’s unfiltered lies to 43 percent of Americans, for whom Facebook is a source of news. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Should Facebook and Twitter Stop Trump’s Lies?
We can’t do anything about Trump for now. But we can and should take action against the power of these two enablers.
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Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register on Jan. 14. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jim Naureckas, Julie Hollar
The Biggest Loser in the Iowa Debate? CNN’s Reputation
One really does get the impression that if CNN were holding a debate on the Titanic, the first question would literally be about rearranging the deck chairs.
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The current kerfuffle between Warren and Sanders has almost nothing to do with the real issues at stake in this election and even this primary. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Warren-Sanders Squabble is Foolish
The real issues in this campaign have nothing to do with who said what in 2018.
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Considered the “MVP” of the right-wing infrastructure built in the state over the past decade, WILL’s leaders and funders include many of Wisconsin’s heaviest Republican hitters and have collectively poured at least $12 million into the Wisconsin GOP and its candidates over the past two decades. (Photo: Creative Commons) David Armiak , Arn Pearson
Group Behind Wisconsin Voter Purge Lawsuit Has Strong GOP Ties
This case has thrust Wisconsin to the forefront in this year’s voter suppression wars and reflects a larger Republican strategy to tilt the playing field by making it harder for low-income, student, and minority citizens to vote.
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The wall will not curb their principal business of smuggling and the Trump administration’s new immigration policies have turned what was formerly a minor sideline—kidnapping people for ransom—into a growth industry.(Photo: qbac07/Flickr/cc) William deBuys
The Humanitarian and Environmental Disaster of Trump’s Border Wall
Making America great again in a new wild west.
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We’re the greatest military superpower on the planet, and this fact is consuming our ability to think and act in a rational and humane manner.  (Photo: Ralf Schlesener/ICAN) Robert C. Koehler
Nuclear Hubris
If an attack of any sort kills "hundreds of thousands or even millions" of people—their deaths are instantly belittled if they aren't Americans.
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 Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders supporters cheer and chat outside the James Clyburns World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina June 21, 2019. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us.
In a sense, this moment calls for Sanders and Warren supporters to be better than their candidates, who've descended into an avoidably harsh conflict that hugely benefits corporate power and corporate Democrats.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals at the Mohegan Sun Pocono on April 15, 2019 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. One of Sanders' proposals for his presidential bids is Medicare for all. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) William Grover
It Is Clear the Establishment and Corporate Media Would Prefer Trump Reelection to President Bernie Sanders
Sanders is likely to face two strikes—one in the capitol and one from capital —if he wins the Democratic nomination and later the White House.
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A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a back burn ahead of a fire front in the New South Wales town of Jerrawangala on Jan. 1, 2020. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Abaki Beck
To Help Australia, Look to Aboriginal Fire Management
Cultural burning is proactive, while Western-style controlled burning, also called hazard reduction burning, is reactive.
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Feeding our kids shouldn’t fall only to kind strangers and acts of charity. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Why Do We Have School Lunch Debt at All?
We live in a nation where food is plentiful but millions of children experience hunger and food insecurity.
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We are so accustomed to a lone voice-in-the-wilderness candidate who tries to stake out progressive positions only to be condescendingly ushered offstage by the sensibly centrist popular kids, this moment in history snuck up on us. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
In Iowa Debate, Progressives Resist Efforts to Divide Them
The moderators did all they could to start a fight, but Sanders and Warren refused to bite.
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At factory farms, thousands of animals are raised in confined spaces, producing a massive amount of waste stored in manure lagoons. (Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images) Ben Lilliston
Cory Booker's Halt on Factory Farms Would Help the Climate
Data from the EPA shows a steady increase in agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, much of it linked to industrial systems of crop production and the rise of factory farms over the last two decades.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) chats with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) alongside billionaire-philanthropist Tom Steyer during a break of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. Cari Hernandez
On the Politics of 'Believing Women'
What we've seen as a result of Warren's statement is further perversion of the language of abuse and victimhood in a context it was never meant to be used.
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 According to the CNN report, merely posting a photo of the general could get the Facebook authorities to take a post down. (Photo: Coda/Screenshot) Ari Paul
Facebook’s Soleimani Ban Flies in Face of First Amendment
If sanctions can be invoked by a social media network to take down certain content, what is next?
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These bills could expand our understanding of sexism and racism in the media, and chip away at some of the barriers that have frozen out women and people of color from owning news outlets and shaping coverage. (Photo: Screenshot / Fox News) Jessica J. González
We Must Remedy Discrimination in Our Media System
If we’re going to foster journalism that actually meets community needs, we must address how the foundation of the U.S. media system is built on racism and sexism.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios December 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sam Husseini
It Is Remarkable—and Dangerous—How Little Scrutiny Biden Has Received for Supporting Iraq War
Maybe there's a reason nobody who voted in favor of that war—excluding George W. Bush—has won a presidential election.
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Two-thirds of respondents support increased spending on climate resilience for communities who are vulnerable to disasters. (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Nearly All Americans Want to Get Off Fossil Fuels
The vast majority of people in the world’s largest fossil fuel producing country want to phase them out.
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As we head deeper into a divisive election season—and as we remember Dr. King—it’s worth remembering that our real enemy is injustice, not each other. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
Learning from King’s Last Campaign
Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful.
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Activists of the group Remove Trump stand in-line during a “Swarm the Senate” protest at Senate Russell Office Building January 13, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The group held the event to call on the removal of U.S. President Donald Trump from office. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Making America Dread Again! Trump Is an Unparalleled Threat to Safety and Security
You were willing to start an undeclared war with Iran last week, had their missile attack taken one American soldier’s life, but when American lives are threatened by crony capitalism, you do nothing.
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Sanders and Tlaib turned out 900 people to a Sunday rally in Iowa City centered on combating climate change. (Photo: Sunrise Movement Cedar Rapids) David Goodner
In Iowa, Rashida Tlaib and the Sunrise Movement Push the Green New Deal—and Bernie Sanders
Ahead of the critical Iowa caucus, climate organizers are stumping for bold action and a presidential candidate they believe will get it done.
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Instead of taking a serious look at its responsibility as a curator and disseminator of vast amounts of information in a highly charged political atmosphere, Facebook has shunted the responsibility on to its consumers. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Scott Goodstein
Has Facebook Learned Nothing?
Facebook should be subject to the same rules and responsibilities as any other publisher; it’s not enough to call itself a gateway to other people’s content and wash its hands of the consequences.
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