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Thursday, May 7, 2020
A worker installs solar panels at the Solarpark Eggersdorf solar park on September 4, 2012 near Muencheberg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Covid-19 Is a Reason To Start the Green New Deal Now
We can get out of this depression and save the planet all at once.
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Many mistakenly believe the U.N. already possesses such a force — the “U.N. Blue Helmets.”  (Photo: Flickr) Tad Daley
An Army of Humanity to Fight Crimes Against Humanity
A UNRDF would give individual citizens all around the world the ability to volunteer to do more than just “serve their countries.” It would give them the opportunity to serve humanity.
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It has been obvious to many that the nation needs significant reform in health care funding and in the delivery of health care so that all in the U.S. have access to health care without financial impediment. (Photo: Rrenner—CC BY-SA 3.0) Cornelia van der Ziel, Jonathan King
Federal Investment for Public Health—or for Endless Wars?
One needs only to look at the Pentagon budget to find a ready source of funding for basic human needs.
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The Congressional Budget Office projects that without additional relief, the unemployment rate will average 16% in the third quarter of this year and 10.1% for the entire calendar year of 2021. (Photo: Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Nearly One in Five Workers Applied for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits in the Last Seven Weeks
Congress must act to mitigate harm from unprecedented joblessness.
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Why does it take a pandemic to get the world to stop fighting? Are we being led by 3-year-olds?  (Photo: Shutterstock) Robert C. Koehler
Can We Achieve Nuclear Adulthood?
Half the money the world spends on militarism—including nukes —every year is hemorrhaged by the United States of America.
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Trudeau's doing a great deal to make the situation worse during this pandemic for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Linda McQuaig
Trudeau Should Lift Punishing Sanctions That Harm Vulnerable Nations
Ottawa’s sanctions appear primarily aimed at appeasing the U.S., which ruthlessly enforces sanctions against regimes it wishes to destabilize or overthrow.
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 A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa caucuses will be held on February 3. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Fight for Bernie Delegates Is Escalating—and Could Help Beat Trump
"We have had enough of the status quo policies that do not change the material conditions for the poor, working poor and middle class in this country," said former Sanders national co-chair Nina Turner this week. "We intend to keep pushing for a government that works for everyone."
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More to the point, with any population, the difference between success and failure is preparation, swift action, and the techniques applied to overcome the pandemic.  (Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) Ann Jones
Getting Trumped by Covid-19
A journal of the onset of the plague year.
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The vast number of crowded, stressed animals held captive on US factory farms presents ample opportunities for pathogens to practice spreading directly from animal to animal, and indirectly through flies, rodents, manure, and workers moving between barns. (Photo: CC) Mark Middleton
To Prevent the Next Pandemic, We Need Meaningful Oversight of Animal Agribusiness
We must act now to protect animals, workers, and public health from the meat industry.
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US President Donald Trump tours a Honeywell International Inc. factory producing N95 masks during his first trip since widespread COVID-19 related lockdowns went into effect May 5, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images) Les Leopold
President Donald Trump Culls the Herd
Here is the chilling truth: To win reelection Trump is willfully allowing the virus to kill more and more of us, especially our most vulnerable—the old, the infirm, the poor, and the essential low-wage workers.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Former Detroit Tigers outfielder and baseball Hall-of-Famer Al Kaline. Kaline said, "I would like to have more to contribute to society. I don’t know, maybe a doctor. Something where you really play an important part in people’s lives." (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
We Honor What We Value–Entertainers Over Saviors
For long-term fighters for justice, up against cruel or reckless corporations and their political toadies, there are few accolades, almost no recognition, and no citizen Hall of Fame.
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While some small businesses have managed to get government loans to keep paying their workers, they’ve received no similar protection from landlords demanding their monthly rent. (Photo: Shutterstock) Scott Klinger
If Small Businesses Aren't Essential, Neither Is Collecting Rent
Without rent and mortgage relief, millions of families and smaller landlords could lose their homes and businesses.
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Why doesn’t Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) listen to parents and teachers and students, who will tell him to reinvent schools by fully funding them? (Photo:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo / flickr / cc) Diane Ravitch
Beware! Cuomo Adds Another Billionaire to "Reimagine" Post-Pandemic Public Education
The pandemic is turning into a grand opportunity for the foxes to raid the henhouse under cover of darkness.
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Wildfires similarly show how our remaking of the natural world has had disastrous consequences. (Photo: Pixabay/CC) Alastair Gee, Dani Anguiano
We Created the Anthropocene, and the Anthropocene Is Biting Back
It’s clear from a recent litany of disasters—from the coronavirus pandemic to America’s deadliest wildfire in a century—there are forces that cannot be domesticated.
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The role of Chinese-American medical professionals was particularly worth noting in their early attempts to ready their communities for the invasion by the virus. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Yu Zhou
Chinese Americans' Connections With China Are Not the Threats; They Are American Assets, Especially During Covid-19
Buried by the news cycles are stories of how Chinese-American doctors, researchers, and community members are standing on the frontline in America’s fight against Covid-19.
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People hold signs during a protest against the coronavirus shutdown in front of the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 24, 2020. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Asks if Safer at Home Order Is 'Tyranny'
The state's conservative justices raise issue of Japanese internment camps while discussing Governor Tony Evers's order.
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The Johnson government's repeated failures to act swiftly and effectively can and should be considered evil. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images) Catherine Rottenberg, Nira Yuval Davis
Coronavirus and the Banality of Evil
The UK government's failure to respond swiftly and effectively to the pandemic can and should be considered evil.
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What will happen in only 5 decades, though, if we don’t stop putting out carbon dioxide tout de suite, is that some 20% of the earth will be too hot to live on. (Photo: Evgeni Zotov/ Flickr) Juan Cole
Anti-Immigrant Trump Promotes Burning Fossil Fuels That Will Displace Millions Toward U.S.
Some 3.5 billion people are going to end up living in places where it is unbearably hot by 2070. And likely a lot of them will have to leave for somewhere else.
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Monty Bennett, a major donor to Trump and GOP Congress critters, pressured his political henchmen and hired two lobbying firms in March to punch a huge conglomerate loophole in the PPP bill. Led by Sen. Marco Rubio, Congress inserted a special-interest proviso decreeing that while a big business cannot apply for payments, each unit of the corporation can. (Photo: Google Maps, iStock) Jim Hightower
What's the Difference Between Corporate CEOs and Pigs?
For starters, pigs are remarkably intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility to the common good of the group.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
The chairman of the Business Roundtable is Jamie Dimon, CEO of Wall Street’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase. Dimon lobbied Congress personally and intensively for the biggest corporate tax cut in history, and got the Business Roundtable to join him. JPMorgan raked in $3.7 billion from the tax cut. Dimon alone made $31 million in 2018. . (Photo: FORTUNE Global Forum/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Corporations Will Not Save Us: The Sham of Corporate Social Responsibility
American corporations are sacrificing workers and communities as never before in order to further boost runaway profits and unprecedented CEO pay. And not even a tragic pandemic is changing that.
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We should take the best from the past—planning, coordinating, internationalism, and action—and move forward with a common agenda for systemic transformation. (Photo: Twitter via TeleSUR) Valentine Moghadam
Planetize the Movement!
Our movements need to coalesce to make the present moment of populism and hegemonic decline an advantageous one for a Great Transition—this time toward a global socialist-feminist democracy built through the synergy of a new international and revitalized World Social Forum.
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It’s estimated that 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions—not including water and soil pollution—are caused by animal agriculture. More than planes, trains, and motor vehicles combined. (Photo: Tim Geers/Flickr/cc) Jennifer Barckley
What Climate Change and the Coronavirus Have in Common
The time couldn’t be more opportune for us to reevaluate our relationship with our planet and the billions of factory-farmed animals who inhabit it against the laws of nature.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Berston Field House in Flint, Michigan on March 9, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Peter Dreier
This Is Not a Normal Election
This election isn't just about Biden vs. Trump. This is about democracy vs. fascism.
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Several want Planet of the Humans banned, but their arguments so far are no more convincing than the film, as they leave several questions unanswered. (Photo: POTH/publicity still) Shaun Golding
The Real Problem With Michael Moore’s New Film: Planet of the Humans
Technology cannot solve problems we don’t allow it to.
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To Trump’s critics, it hardly matters that “America First” in no way describes actual administration policy.  (Photo: RocketLip/flickr/cc) Andrew Bacevich
A Greatest Generation We Are Not
From a moment of victory to a time of pandemic.
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A minimum of 20 meatpacking workers have died from the coronavirus and 6,500 have tested positive or been quarantined, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Roger Bybee
Return of 'The Jungle': Risking Death to Maximize Profits
America’s food processing and meatpacking workers are in extreme danger of contracting COVID-19.
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 Voting is the fundamental basis of democracy. Particularly in times of crisis, it is vital that the people’s voice be heard. The president and the modern-day Republican Party are convinced that if everyone votes, they will not fare well. (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Jesse Jackson
We Must Protect the Right to Vote in the November Elections
The Republican Party is doing everything it can to suppress the vote in November. Why? They fear higher turnout, especially among people of color, will cost them the election.
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Unfortunately, Republicans have made clear that they plan to put corporations first, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s prioritizing liability waivers for employers that require non-essential workers to report to work.  (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Celine McNicholas, Margaret Poydock
We Need an Essential Workers Bill of Rights—Now
Congress must include worker protections in the next coronavirus relief bill.
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Monday, May 4, 2020
In a new IPS Inequality Briefing Paper, Chuck Collins and Helen Flannery make the case for an Emergency Charity Stimulus.  (Photo: Shutterstock) Chuck Collins, Helen Flannery
Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus
Congress can help nonprofits come up with an additional $200 bill—without costing taxpayers another dime.
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Nurses counter protest at the Re-Open Illinois Protest outside of Thompson Center in Chicago during protest restrictions instituted by the governor to curtail the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 on May 01, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Although some restrictions were eased today, the state is currently on a "stay at home" order mandated until May 30. (Photo: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
We Must Redefine "Frontline" by Providing PPE for All Workers
Please join us so that every single frontline worker who needs masks and other PPE to protect themselves, their families, and the communities they serve—gets that crucial equipment.
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Sergio Duarte , Ira Helfand
The Novel Coronavirus and Nuclear Weapons
As with viruses, containment of atomic weapons may be good, but eradication is best.
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A mailman wearing a mask and gloves loads a postal truck with packages at a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office location in Washington, D.C. on April 16, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Newspapers Won’t Connect the Dots on Postal Service Threats
The right-wing vendetta against the Postal Service long predates the pandemic, but gutting it now has the potential to undermine the integrity of the November election. Yet establishment media seem remarkably uninterested in connecting the dots.
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Tim Karr
Journalists: Democracy’s Frontline Workers
Without relief to keep reporters on the job, each local-news closure will cut into our democracy in ways that may prove fatal.
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Ambulance workers clean a gurney at Mount Sinai Hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 1, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Jenice Robinson
Two Pandemics, Separate and Unequal
Why policy solutions must address underlying causes of vastly different health and economic outcomes
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Protestors try to enter the Michigan House of Representative chamber and are being kept out by the Michigan State Police. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Right-Wing "Reopen" Fanatics Would Kill Nearly as Many Americans as Died in All US Wars
A new simulation by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania offers a frightening scenario of what happens if the Neo Nazis, libertarians, and too many Trumpian governors have their way.
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A man wearing a mask checks his phone in Times Square in New York on March 22, 2020.(Photo: Kena Betancur / AFP - Getty Images) Mandy Smithberger
Beware the Pentagon's Pandemic Profiteers
Hasn't the military-industrial complex taken enough of our money?
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As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day.  (Photo: Military Times/DoD) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America's Long Lost Wars
Trump has so far spurned this chance to make good on his promise to bring U.S. troops home, even as his lost wars and ill-defined global military occupation expose thousands of troops to the Covid-19 virus.
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Mary Ann Vecchio kneels over the body of the student Jeffrey Miller, who was killed by Ohio National Guard troops during an antiwar demonstration at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. (Photo: John Paul Filo/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.) Michael Winship
Fifty Years Later, the Gunfire at Kent State Still Echoes Through America
Today’s pandemic alters our tradition of protest and dissent.
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Sunday, May 3, 2020
Worshippers wearing face masks have their temperature taken as they attend a prayer ceremony entitled 'overcoming and healing the COVID-19 coronavirus', while marking Buhha's birthday at the Jogye buddhist temple in Seoul on April 30, 2020. Jeffrey D. Sachs
What Asian Nations Know About Squashing Covid
We can save ourselves and our economy, if we look to and learn from the achievements of other nations.
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Wall Street sign Ellen Brown
Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed’s Generous New Rules
The new terms could be harnessed for local governments to own and operate their own banks.
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A close up of President Donald J. Trump's notes shows where Corona was crossed out "Corona" and replaced with "Chinese" Virus as he speaks with his coronavirus task force in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during a briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Les Leopold
Beware of Trump’s China Box
Our best path out of the Trump China box is to put him in a box he can’t get out of.
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Sign reads: Human needs before corporate greed Russell Weaver
True Resilience Involves Pushing Forward From COVID-19, Not Just Bouncing Back
Do we really want to just “bounce back?”
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Agricultural workers work in Salinas, California. Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Uprooting the Farm Crisis in Times of COVID-19
When we finally turn toward recovery from the COVID-19 crisis we must thoroughly re-examine the policies that left us so vulnerable not only to the disease but also to the cascade of problems in our economy, including the food and farm system.
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Activists hold signs calling for a Green New Deal Ryan Bellinson
Coronavirus Class Politics: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
The crisis can lead to a more fair and just society.
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Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin speaks while President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Joshua Cho
Corporate Looting as ‘Rescue Plan,’ Robber Barons as ‘Saviors’
It’s quite telling who counts as “the economy” and what measures are considered “necessary” or “adequate.”
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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Sunset in the town of Jacksonville, Sinoe County, Liberia. Many residents of Jacksonville claim that GVL desecrated their sacred sites and did not properly seek their consent to operate on their traditional lands. (Photo: Gaurav Madan) Gaurav Madan
No More Business as Usual: Halt Dangerous Development Projects That Put Our Health at Risk
The global pandemic is forcing us to examine our relationship to the world around us.
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 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Christopher Brauchli
A Trump Tutorial
Here's a brief guide to understanding trumpian sarcasm.
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A volunteer with Forgotten Harvest loads food into a vehicle at a mobile pantry April 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. The organization distributes food throughout the metro area, which has seen an uptick in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Jonathan J. B. Mijs
5 Lessons From the Coronavirus About Inequality in America
The collapsing economy is a rude awakening, but its fragility hides a transformative power.
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Meat on grocery store shelves Sam Pizzigati
Our Slaughterhouses Not Just for Cattle, Hogs, and Poultry Anymore. Add People.
A powerful industry is making workers choose between their lives and their jobs.
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Health workers greet people as they arrive in cars at a mobile Covid-19 testing site at the Westside Community Center in the Goldsboro neighborhood of Sanford, Florida on April 23, 2020. Robin Andersen
A Pandemic Is Not a War
The application of war metaphors only serves to mask what’s truly at stake.
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Friday, May 1, 2020
Recent polling shows ALEC’s aggressive position on resuming commercial activity to be outside the mainstream of public opinion. (Photo: CC) David Armiak , Alex Kotch
ALEC Leading Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy Despite COVID-19
ALEC is attempting to use the national crisis to leverage movement on its pro-corporate policy agenda.
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The coronavirus crisis has thrown the global economy into cardiac arrest, and now you are acutely aware of the very markets that you had previously just assumed would function as normal. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
The Black Death Killed Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Capitalism?
How will the coronavirus transform the relationship between state and market? A look at oil, food, and finance.
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Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. "I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity," the famous socialist leader once said. "The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own." (Photo: Wikipedia) Danny Sjursen
Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona
In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society.
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Militant labor actions are set to engulf the country this May Day. (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)  Christopher D. Cook
Get Ready for Mass Strikes Across the U.S. This May Day
As the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies and exposes America’s inequalities, workers, so long stifled and embattled, are showing renewed force.
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Women workers stage a silent protest while practicing social distancing to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2020 in Quezon City, Philippines. Millions of workers and daily wage earners living in poverty in the Philippines suffer the brunt of work stoppage during the government imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine in a bid to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) Vandana Shiva
On This May Day, The Corporate-Dominated World Faces Not One, But Three Pandemics
All three pandemics have their roots in an economic model based on profits, greed and extractivism, which has accelerated ecological destruction, aggravated loss of livelihoods, increased economic inequality, and polarised and divided society into the 1% and 99%.
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USPS provides service at uniform and reasonable rates, delivering to 157 million addresses at least six days a week, no matter where they live. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger
Postal Bankruptcy Would Hit Rural America Hardest
The 15 most rural states would face heavy blows to jobs, revenue, mail and package deliveries, and voting rights.
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We’re glad ICANN listened to the many voices in the nonprofit world urging it not to support the sale of Public Interest Registry, which runs .ORG, to private equity firm Ethos Capital. (Photo: Andrew Stroehlein/Human Rights Watch/Twitter) Karen Gullo
Victory! ICANN Rejects .ORG Sale to Private Equity Firm Ethos Capital
The sale threatened to bring censorship and increased operating costs to the nonprofit world.
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We needed a Homes Guarantee yesterday. We need national rent control so landlords can’t jack up prices for the sole purpose of squeezing every last drop of profit they can out of their working-class tenants. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Rebecca Parson
Coronavirus Is a Housing Crisis. Here’s How We Fix It.
How can you shelter in place if you don’t have shelter?
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Protesters wearing protective face masks demonstrate while maintaining social distancing during the "MyGruni" Car parade on May Day during the novel coronavirus crisis on May 1, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. May Day protests are taking place across Germany today, though as gatherings are limited by authorities to a maximum of 20 people per gathering due to coronavirus lockdown measures, many small protests are taking place instead of traditional, large-scale marches. (Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images) Peter Dreier
May Day 2020: Worker Unity in the Age of Pandemic
Is it finally time for "Solidarity Forever" to be sung in unison across the United States?
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When a viral infection evolves in a way that seems ominous from the beginning, the moral responsibility of all governments is to make this information widely known so that adequate measures of protection can be taken at the global level.  (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) César Chelala
Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic
Several public health experts believe that better coordination and a technically sound response from the White House would have saved thousands of lives.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
A comprehensive policy solution would be to extend Medicare and Medicaid to all those suffering job losses during the pandemic period, with the federal government funding this expansion.(Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Josh Bivens, Ben Zipperer
12.7 Million Workers Have Likely Lost Employer-Provided Health Insurance Since the Coronavirus Shock Began
The linkage between specific jobs and the availability of health insurance is a prime source of inefficiency and inequity in the U.S. health system.
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Then US Vice President Joe Biden (L) smiles with former labor secretary Tom Perez, currently the chair of Democratic National Committee, as he arrives to address the Apprenticeship Summit at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 8, 2015. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez
Right now, Biden is idling in the cockpit of a political aircraft with one wing.
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In erasing both the Green New Deal, and the Sunrise Movement and its diverse group of energized young people across American,  Moore and company vilify climate leaders and remedies, boosting population control, and chooses consumerism over systemic change. (Photo: Screenshot) Alison Rose Levy
What’s Michael Moore’s Actual Agenda?
In place of highlighting the Green New Deal as the Mother Lode option, the film offers no options to the climate deadlock.
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The ideology of capitalism, writes Eskow, "openly places profit above human life. Its values are a plague on the world economy, and its global economic dominance is the vector that spread COVID-19 from the wet markets of China to the free markets of the United States." (Photo: Getty Images) Richard Eskow
It's Not a "Chinese Virus." The Correct Name Is "The Capitalism Virus"
The novel coronavirus is new, but greed is an ancient disease.
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The U.S. military cannot fight a pandemic. It is not a war, it's a public health crisis. And this isn't the only threat that has a global scope. Our federal budget priorities need to reflect that reality by investing in the agencies and programs that can actually help keep us healthy and safe.  (Image: ACLU) Tori Bateman
As Global Military Spending Hits Nearly $2 Trillion, These Weapons Are Useless Against Biggest Threats We Face
As the leading military spender, the U.S. has an important leadership role to play in transitioning the world away from military spending and towards spending public funds on things that actually build more resilient communities.
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The prison system doesn’t work. (Photo: Derek Goulet/cc/flickr) Robert C. Koehler
A United World Must Break Out of Prison
Because few countries are investing in different—more complex—forms of social safety, the prison system is growing globally to a serious level of insanity.
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The latest unemployment numbers represent more than one in six workers out of work, and over five times the worst period of the Great Recession. (Photo: Getty) Heidi Shierholz
With Unprecedented 28 Million Unemployment Claims in 6 Weeks, Congress Must Act!
The relief and recovery packages passed so far are not big enough to deal with the scale of this crisis, and more aid is crucial.
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Still, historically speaking, killing Afghans or Iraqis or Syrians or Yemenis or Somalis has always been one thing, but Americans? That’s another story entirely, no? (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
The Killer-in-Chief
In Covid-19 America, we are all now potential Suleimanis.
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President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Grand Foyer at the White House on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert Reich
For Trump, Covid-19 Is Perfect Cover to Seize More Power, Increase Reelection Chances
It doesn't matter that this is a global pandemic. Abusing his power for personal gain is Trumps MO.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks to the media during a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on April 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The press conference was held to brief the media about the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Georgia as the state reopens restaurants for dine-in customers. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Wendy Jacobson
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp: Stupid or Pseudostupid?
The elevation of pseudostupidity and disavowal of its consequences is a Trump characteristic his followers celebrate as a strength, not a failing. This endangers us all.
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Meat plant workers. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
A Death Sentence for Meatpackers
Meatpackers are contracting COVID-19 and dying. Trump is requiring them to work—and shielding their employers from liability.
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There was no hesitation in sending them to their death so others could live: the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, in Normandy. (© FlaglerLive) Pierre Tristam
How Many Deaths Can We Live With?
A prolonged economic crisis on the scale of a great depression will tally up its own body count, and may damage the country’s fabric in ways we cannot imagine.
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Unfortunately, for journalists stuck in a corporate media system that promotes deference to authority and finds equivalency even when there is none, the president’s dangerous ramblings need to be treated as legitimate and worthy of discussion, even in apparently adversarial media. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection: Media in the Era of an Incompetent President
To corporate media: It is OK. Facts are facts, even when the president of the United States disagrees. You don’t have to both-sides this one. Injecting bleach is bad.
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Naomi Klein refers to this as "disaster capitalism," and it can happen far more easily now in Seattle and in other parts of the country, when schools are closed and no one is watching.  (Photo: United Federation of Teachers/ Facebook) Dora Taylor
'Coronavirus Capitalism' Is Coming for Public Schools
Amid the pandemic, superintendents are gaining the power to sell out public education for private gain.
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A Grubhub delivery person makes bicycle deliveries on the empty streets of Washington DC. (Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA) Robert Reich
The Remotes, the Essentials, the Unpaid, and the Forgotten: Covid-19 Exposes Our Class Divide
Of course this economic crisis triggered by the pandemic is not hitting people all the same.
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To help stop Trump's power play to set himself up as America's postal potentate and privatizer in chief, get information and campaign resources from the American Postal Workers Union and visit USMailNotForSale.org. (Photo: USMailNotforSale.org) Jim Hightower
Why the Madman in the White House Wants to Kill the Post Office Amid a Pandemic
The entire public system—including our beloeved U.S. Postal Service—is now under direct attack by an outbreak of Trumpista vitriolitus, an inexplicable form of personal animosity emanating from the White House.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
To me the most misplaced invective is the treatment given to Bill McKibben. He comes across in the film as dishonest and corrupt. And yet he has done more for the climate justice movement than almost anyone else in the world.  (Photo: Screenshot) Cynthia Kaufman
Mobilizing Climate Action in the Face of Planet of the Humans
Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs's new film is so full of weak analysis, misinformation, and misplaced invective that I worry it will cause more harm than good.
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By Election Day, we may have suffered more than 100,000 U.S. dead, twice the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War. It will be extremely difficult for Trump to spin away the horrific human cost. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Les Leopold
The Two Numbers Trump Can’t Spin
Total deaths and job loss.
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For the duration of this crisis, under the act, Medicare will cover all medically necessary health care, including prescription drugs, for the uninsured, whether those who have recently lost their jobs or those who have been long without insurance. (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Bernie Sanders
Here’s How to Cover Uninsured Americans During the Pandemic
Empowering Medicare to cover our health needs is comprehensive and cost-effective.
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My mind turns to the Great Depression, too, but to a source that is often overlooked—to older black women who grew up during that time in the rural South. (Photo: Bettmann / Contributor) Katherine Van Wormer
Building Resilience in the Days of the Coronavirus: Lessons from the Great Depression
It is taking the scale of a horrific pandemic to expose flaws in the social structure that should have been corrected earlier.
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We must overhaul this system that treats animals like widgets rather than the sentient beings they are. (Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images) Leah Garcés
As Slaughterhouses Shut Down Across the Country, Animals Are at Risk of On Farm Mass Slaughter
Slaughterhouses are clearly a weak link in the food system and pose serious threats to our health, especially during a pandemic. But as plants shut down, we must also consider the fate of the millions of animals who had been scheduled for slaughter.
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Prisoners increasingly are protesting their conditions, objecting to being sentenced to die in prison. (Photo: http://organizingcatholicsforjustice.org) Jesse Jackson
Let Prisoners Go During COVID-19 Pandemic
Inmates awaiting trial, the elderly, and those who have served much of their sentence should get early release before deaths start to soar. Use the extra space to provide more social distancing,
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It does appear that the present still-raging pandemic is forcing dramatic shifts in the way we consume energy and that many of these changes are likely to persist in some fashion long after the virus has been tamed. (Photo: Brian Katt, Wikimedia Commons) Michael T. Klare
The Beginning of the End for Oil?
Energy in a post-pandemic world.
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Today’s nutritionists have pronounced this Mediterranean diet to be just about the healthiest diet in the world. (Photo by Reza/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The Uplifting Magic of Mother’s Day in These Perilous Days
For my Mother, the family table was a mosaic of sights, scents, and tastes, of talking, teaching, and teasing, of health, culture, stimulation, and delight.
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The decline of EPA enforcement that has already occurred should serve as a harbinger of what is to come if this new rule dictates which water the government chooses to protect.(Photo: pxfuel) Derrick Z. Jackson
The EPA’s Dirty Water: New Rule Discards Science, Ignores Importance of Wetlands and Tributaries
The EPA's blatant dismissal of the importance of clean water, from tap water to wildlife, has alarmed scores of former federal scientists, environmental officials, and the heads of virtually every major scientific society.
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An estimated 24.4 million workers filed for unemployment benefits from March 15 through April 18. (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Ben Zipperer, Elise Gould
Unemployment Filing Failures
New survey confirms that millions of jobless were unable to file an unemployment insurance claim.
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Monday, April 27, 2020
Unsafe working conditions aren’t a new thing to the hundreds of thousands of workers in America’s meatpacking industry. (Photo: Stephen Groves/AP) Jason Walsh
Smithfield Is a Symptom of Trump’s America
This new crisis has brought a bright spotlight to how little Trump—and his administration—values the lives of working people.
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For governments to give handouts to keep this damaging industry artificially afloat now is an insult to taxpayers and the victims of these companies’ practices. (Photo: Danicek/Shutterstock) Molly Walsh
Coronavirus Relief: Let's Rebuild the New World We Need
Boosting the clean energy transition can help our economies recover.
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"Pharmaceutical companies view Covid-19 as a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity." (Photo: Creative Commons) Paul Buchheit
No, We're Not All in This Together. How the Super-Rich Are Cheating America.
Unlike the farsighted and people-oriented decision-makers in other countries, America's unregulated capitalist leaders have failed us, both in the past and in our current crisis.
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 6, 2020. Michael Winship
In the Face of Death and Disease, Who's Sorry Now? Not Donald Trump—Yet
There's no imaginable excuse for his words and inaction, but a simple apology couldn’t hurt.
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A view of members taking part on-screen during an unusual G20 Leaders' Summit to discuss the international COVID-19 crisis on March 26, 2020 in Canberra, Australia (Gary Ramage —Pool/Getty Images) Nick Dearden
Don't Delay Developing World Debt—Cancel It
Forcing indebted countries to repay debt while the global economy operates like a giant casino is unjust.
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It makes no logical sense to carry on investing in a product that is collectively killing us—but that is what oil investors knowingly do. (Photo: Pete Markham) Andy Rowell
COVID-19 Fallout Threatens "Long-term Survivability" of Big Oil
The days of private pockets being filled endlessly by black gold are gone.
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 Houston Chronicle depiction (4/10/20) of cars waiting to receive emergency food from a San Antonio food bank. (Photo: William Luther) Nina Eichacker
Economic Reporting on Hardships of Pandemic Should Explore Market Failures
The coronavirus pandemic has illuminated the failures of capitalist and market systems to provide for social welfare.
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When 114 countries reported coronavirus cases to the World Health Organization on March 11th, it declared the Covid-19 outbreak a global pandemic. (Photo: CC) Dilip Hiro
The Coronavirus Chronology From Hell
The world leadership trophy: The winner’s prize in the virus-killer race.
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Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. Rob Richie, David Daley
Tired of Fighting About Third Parties? Just Enact Ranked Choice Voting.
Rather than scolding voters for wanting more options, we should put in place a more representative system.
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We must step up to prevent the collapse of the regenerative systems by which Earth creates and maintains the conditions we need to exist. (Photo: ILLUSTRATION BY BORIS SV/GETTY IMAGES) David Korten
From Emergency to Emergence
This current emergency provides the possibility for a new emergence—the birthing of a truly civil civilization dedicated to the well-being of all people and the living Earth.
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Sunday, April 26, 2020
President Donald Trump participates in the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Eric Margolis
Trump's Loopy Kool-Aid
The president's wacky health panaceas won’t fool most educated Americans, but they are a danger to his many credulous supporters who see him as some sort of Christian holy prophet and follow his medical quackery.
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A team of immigrant farmworkers clean the remains of a field near Coachella, Calofornia. (Photo: Robert Gallagher/ZUMA Wire/PA Images) Danica Jorden
COVID-19 Sweeping Through Ranks of US Immigrant Farmworkers and Meatpackers
“We work shoulder to shoulder. We’re very close to each other…. I’ve had a fever and flu symptoms, but I take Tylenol and keep working,” said María, a worker for Butterball.
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Probably the most important measure that we propose is to move food production away from the fragile, corporate-controlled globalized food supply chain based on narrow considerations such as the reduction of unit cost to more sustainable smallholder-based localized systems. (Photo: Shutterstock) Walden Bello
The Corporate Food System Is Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse
COVID-19 is so dangerous to food security because the global supply chain was insecure to begin with. Could we remake it?
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Israeli security forces stand by as Palestinian worshippers perform the first Friday prayer of the holy fasting month of Ramadan outside the closed-down Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on April 24, 2020, amidst heightened security and social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo
Will the Coronavirus Change the World? We Must Be Very Careful How We Answer That Question
On Gramsci's "Interregnum" and Zizek's very troubling ethnocentric philosophy.
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