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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Trump, in other words, sees the U.S. government as infected by "Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters, to push their own secret agendas." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Rebecca Gordon
The 'Deep State' Does Not Mean What Trump Thinks It Means
For Trump the deep state is the government—or at least those parts of it that frustrate him in any way.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on trade with China, Iran and other topics. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Michael Winship
A Brutal Trump Makes Culture War on Iran—and Everyone Else
Civilization gets sucker punched.
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Then U.S. Senator Joe Biden in 1995 speaking on the Senate floor about his repeated efforts to cut Social Security spending. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN) Ilana Novick
Joe Biden Has a Serious Problem With Social Security
The Biden campaign says the candidate is committed to defend and even expanded the program. But a look at his record offers a troubling picture.
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Monday, January 13, 2020
The path to taking back the General Assembly majority and flipping North Carolina blue again runs through just a small number of close, competitive districts. Blair Reeves
Bring Democracy Back to North Carolina
Finally, there's good news.
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"An American global killing machine (quite literally so, given that growing force of drones) is now at the beck and call of a single, unaccountable individual. This is the nightmare the founding fathers tried to protect us from." (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Lt Col Leslie Pratt/Public Domain) Allegra Harpootlian
Droning the World: The Assassination Complex From Bush to Obama to Trump
How the U.S. presidency became a killing machine.
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"As bad as it looks – as despairing as you can sometimes feel – the great strength of this country is our resilience," writes Reich. "We bounce back. We will again. We already are." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
Why I'm Still Hopeful and Not Done Fighting for a More Just Society
If climate change, nuclear standoffs, assault weapons, hate crimes, mass killings, Russian trolls, near-record inequality, kids locked in cages at our border, and Donald Trump in the White House don’...
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When ruling elites are unable to protect the rights and needs of citizens, or no longer interested in doing so, they become disposable. Chris Hedges
How Democracies Die
The U.S. suffers from an epidemic of nihilistic violence.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo(R) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, D.C., January 8, 2020. Juan Cole
Trump's "WMD" Scandal? Was the Charge of "Imminent" Soleimani Attack Just Made Up?
The “intelligence” on which Trump and Esper and secretary of state Mike Pompeo made their decision to off Soleimani was likely raw and cherry-picked.
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren greet each other at the start of the Democratic presidential debate at the Fox Theatre on July 30, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Biden, Buttigieg, and Corporate Media Are Eager for Sanders and Warren 'Trash Talk' Narrative to Take Hold
It would be a serious error for progressives to buy into corporate media portrayals of the Sanders and Warren campaigns as destined to play a traditional zero-sum political game.
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Sunday, January 12, 2020
US soldiers Reese Erlich
"Would the American Public Tolerate US Soldiers Defending Trump Hotels?"
Iran has focused on military targets, but Soleimani has "millions of followers all across the region from Yemen to Lebanon who will be seeking revenge from the United States. Iran cannot control them."
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human needs before corporate greed Jackie Smith
We Need to Fight for a World That Prioritizes People Over Economic Growth and Endless Consumption
By supporting human rights globalization as a counter-movement to corporate globalization, we can advance people-centered policies and build upon earlier work of transformative movements worldwide.
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President Donald Trump Pierre Tristam
American Impotence: Trump's Assassination of Soleimani Masks Broad Retreat
No amount of propaganda can paint the assassination of Soleimani as more beneficial than damaging to American interests.
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Retired Gen. David Petraeus Kevin Gosztola
To Make Sense of Soleimani Assassination, Media Turn to Disgraced Iraq War Gen. David Petraeus
Soleimani and the militia groups he led played a key role in defeating the Islamic State in Iraq, but Petraeus denies this reality.
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UN peacekeepers Skye Wheeler
UN Peacekeeping Has a Sexual Abuse Problem
Survivors of violence, displacement, and poverty shouldn't have to fear that those charged with protecting them will contribute to their suffering.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Kate Kizer
Congress's Work to Prevent War With Iran has Only Just Begun
Congress must go further in this moment and deeply examine the structures and groupthink that has convinced so many in power that war is the only viable tool to address conflict.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020
US soldier Eric Margolis
How the US Runs Iraq
The murder of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani shone a strobe light on 'independent' Iraq, and what we saw was not pretty.
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Philadelphia Energy Solutions Mindy Isser
Climate Activists Can't Afford to Ignore Labor. A Shuttered Refinery in Philly Shows Why
The people most affected by climate change will be in the working class.
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Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani Juan Cole
All the Times the US Allied With Soleimani Against Common Enemies, Giving Him Air Support at Tikrit
Soleimani played a key role in helping defeat ISIL in Iraq, where he was a de facto and even tactical U.S. ally.
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peace arch sign Abdi Soltani
Iranian Americans Have Rights, Too—No Matter What's Happening Abroad
Military action abroad does not justify discrimination at home.
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó Lucas Koerner
For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaidó
For the corporate press, it would appear that the only "coup" is that perpetrated by Maduro in insisting on serving out his elected mandate.
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Brent Patterson
Canada, the RCMP, and Human Rights Obligations to the Wet'suwet'en Nation
"International human rights law requires governments to respect, protect, and promote the right of Indigenous peoples to make their own decisions about their lives and futures according to their own customs and traditions."
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Friday, January 10, 2020
The U.S. has killed untold numbers of civilians by unmanned aerial drones, bombing raids, cruise missile attacks, and special operations missions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia—also in Syria and Yemen. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Issues Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War
All Catholics should refuse to kill and should refuse cooperation with United States wars.
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Iranian mourners attending an anti-US demonstration aftr the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus. 290 civilian passengers and crew members, including 66 children, died. (Photo by Barry Iverson/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
Ukraine Airliner Tragedy Evokes Memories of US Iran Air Shootdown, Cubana Flight 455 Attack
On July 3, 1988 the US guided missile destroyer USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655, an Airbus A300 flying in Iranian airspace and carrying 290 civilians from Tehran to Dubai via Bandar Abbas, killing all aboard.
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Trump’s threats a few days ago to put sanctions on Iraq, “sanctions that would make Iran sanctions seem tame,” can only be called blasphemous. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/EPA) Cathy Breen
Why Do We Allow This Madness To Continue?
"What right does your president have to attack us, to ruin our country?"
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A demonstrator holds a banner during a rally named "No War With Iran" in Foley Square on January 9, 2020 in New York City. The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trumps military actions against Iran. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) Robert Edwards
The Assassin's Creed in the Age of Endless War and Trump
This is the world in which we now live, one of endless war, where victory is not only impossible but undesirable, and where a mad king can run amok, and we the people just nod and go about our day. It will remain so until the American public decides that we have had enough
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"With global capitalism superimposed on the traditional nation-based political order," argues White, "the world lacks overarching governance capacity, in general, with the chartering mismatch a key case in point. The global-national contradiction suggests an important strategic prong for the redesign movement: transnational control of transnational corporations." (Image: Wikimedia Commons) Allen White
The People of the World Need a Much Better Way to Curtail the Power of Multi-National Corporations
The seeds of a transformative corporate governance redesign movement, already sown, have sprouted and are ready to spread across the world.
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The US has willfully and recklessly created an enemy for no reason other than its own misguided actions. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
America’s Dangerous Iran Obsession
The US, seemingly with no awareness of its recent history with Iran, and led by an emotionally unbalanced president who believes he may commit murder and get away with it, is still acting out a 40-year-old psychological trauma. As usual, it's others who are most at risk.
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Demonstrators protest the possibility of War with Iran from a pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Drive during rush hour on January 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
10 Ways Trump's Actions Against Iran Hurt the US, the Region, and the World
We, the American people, must rise up to overcome the power of the military-industrial complex and take our country's destiny out of the hands of warmongers and monsters.
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Even if one is inclined, against all experience, to take US claims about an official enemy on faith, the language that Soleimani killed "hundreds of Americans" is a deliberately nebulous. (Photo: Screenshot) Alan MacLeod
From Resistance to Assistance: Corporate Media's Pathetic Pushback to Trump's Iran Assassination
While corporate media like to present themselves as holding the current administration to account, in reality they offer little meaningful resistance to its foreign policy adventures.
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Biden has been trying to rewrite his Iraq War history, with only sporadic and halfhearted media pushback. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Steady Hand Joe? Biden's Foreign Policy Instincts Are Exactly What We Don't Need
Turning Biden's support for Iraq War into foreign policy 'experience.'
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Apart from the war declaration clause, which has receded in relevance along with the global decline of formal war declarations, Congress retains its most direct constitutional instrument: money. (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
We Need More Than the Relatively Useless War Powers Resolutions
By any measure, the War Powers Act has failed to constrain presidential warmaking. A simpler step would be to stop funding wars.
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There is no question that the US government has the money to offer increased benefits through universal programs. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Ben Spielberg
On Both Politics and Policy, "For All" Beats "For Some"
On the most commonly cited rationale for each position—sustainability for universalists and resource constraints for means testers—proponents of universalism have the upper hand.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020
"We will not allow a new war to break out," writes Koshgarian. "Call your members of Congress and tell them to immediately pass legislation revoking the president’s blanket war authority and reclaiming war powers for Congress alone." (Image: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Lindsay Koshgarian
We Must Stop War With Iran. Here's What You Can Do Today.
War with Iran would be bloodier and costlier even than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We can't afford another war.
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A child participant seen during the rally. Dozens of protesters take part in a rally called "Swarm the Senate" in the Hart Senate Office Building urging action to "impeach, remove, indict and jail" President Trump. (Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Democrats Need to Rip Off the Mask of Timidity and Impeach Trump on All Counts
Only a full accounting of Trump's high crimes and misdemeanors will shake the Republicans from backing McConnell's kangaroo court
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Though on its surface the current conflict is between Iran and the United States, a war would reverberate through the world. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Assal Rad
There Are No Winners in a War With Iran
Now more than ever, anti-war voices are crucial to end the madness of our ineffective policies.
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After more than 18 years of war with neither end nor victory in sight, says Tom Engelhardt, absolute failure is the "new success" as Pentagon budgets and arms makers' profits soar while the military-industrial complex enjoys the bounty of endless conflict and blood further than the eye can see. (Photo: Jeff Owens / EyeEm / iStock via Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
The Global War of Error
No, that's not a typo.
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Al-Zamili continued, saying that “our ranks must be closed, because the enemy is preparing to eradicate and eliminate us, and we must not give in to the United States but rather must draw up plans confront it.” (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Juan Cole
Provoked by Trump’s Crazed Attack, Shiite Militias Threaten US Military
In an angry Tweet, al-Khazali said that Iraqis were a courageous and competitive people, and their response to the US will not be of less severity than that of Iran.
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U.S. Senator Wayne Morse (D-Or.) at a peace rally during the U.S. war in Vietnam stands in front of a banner that reads "Napalm use if an atrocity." (Photo: Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics / University of Oregon) Norman Solomon
Trump Is a Reckless and Dangerous Warmonger, But Too Many Democrats Continue to Work Against Peace
Much has changed during the last five decades, but deception remains central to the state of perpetual war that funnels mega-billions in profits to the military-industrial complex. And Democrats continue to play a central role in this costly destruction.
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The report calls for the launch of a well-planned phase-out of oil and gas production that addresses the needs of workers and communities impacted by fossil fuel developments. (Photo: Robert S. Donovan/cc/flickr) Tim Gray
What If Limiting New Fossil Fuel Supply Is More Important Than Reducing the Emissions Produced When We Burn Them?
If the world uses all the oil and gas from the fields and mines already in production, it will push us beyond 1.5°C of warming.
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The administration justified the killing of Soleimani by suggesting that he and Iran’s surrogates throughout the region were on the verge of attacks that threatened U.S. soldiers. It has not provided evidence for these imminent attacks.(Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
The Endless War With Iran
The current crisis might be averted, but the longer U.S. war with Iran continues.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
By invoking the word “witch-hunt” he can make them all disappear. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Kirk Freudenburg
The Spotted Trump Hoax, and Other Mythical Creatures
By conjuring these illusions, Donald Trump dodges responsibility.
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A memorial to those killed in the 2018 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Andrea Hank) Sarah Jaffe
After a String of Antisemitic Attacks, a Choice Confronts all Jews
A surge of antisemitism has left us wondering where we can turn, to induce the feeling that rather than exercising solidarity, we should turn inward.
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 Protesters display signs as they march to mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq March 19, 2006 in Portland, Oregon. Thousands participated in the event in Portland as demonstrators in cities across the U.S. called for an end to the conflict and withdrawal of U.S. troops. (Photo: Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images) Khury Petersen-Smith
We Need a Strong Anti-War Movement—Yesterday
As we spiral toward a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, it’s worth reflecting on the failures to rein in U.S. aggression along the way.
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Congress needs to take action to prevent a catastrophic war on Iran. De-escalating the current tensions is the most immediate priority. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sarah Anderson
Congress: War Profiteering Is Real. We Need to End It.
Surging stock prices for military contractors gave several CEOs an early payday after Trump’s Iran aggression.
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A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) Robert C. Koehler
Will the US Always Be This Hungry for War and Carnage?
The people do not want war, but right now we have almost no say in the matter.
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US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington DC, United States ,on January 8, 2020. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Barbara Garson
Now We Know for Certain Trump Will Do Anything to Win in 2020—Even Start a War
Though a failed realtor, Trump was a successful reality show star. And he knows how to entertain people with fake conflict.
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If the reason seems unclear, then it may be worthwhile for the average citizen of goodwill in a nuclear-armed country to resolve this new year to urge their leaders to renew their commitments to arms control and ultimately, the elimination of these genocidal weapons. (Photo:US Department of Defense) Gerard Boyce
The Dubious Moral Justification for a Nuclear Second Strike
The aim of presenting the case for the continued possession of these terrifying weapons that hold the potential to destroy all life on earth this way seems to be to convince citizens that nuclear weapons are morally justifiable and thus somehow 'acceptable.'
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Wake up, Democrats. Stop expecting help from Bolton and his neocon kin, whom the “liberal” media like MSNBC and The Washington Post have been offering a platform. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Wake Up, Democrats. Bomb-‘Em-All Bolton Won’t Help Impeachment
Would Bolton, a leading advocate of bombing Iran, suddenly decide to help bring Trump down, at the very moment when Trump is taking action that could lead to the fulfillment of Bolton’s greatest aspiration, a regime-change war with Iran?
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No country would accept this economic strangulation at the hands of another without striking back in some way, and Iran’s replies to Trump’s fingers around its wind pipe have brought us to this pass. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump Has Conducted a War on Iran for 19 Months; Iran Finally Hit Back
Trump’s blockade on Iran has not the slightest legitimacy. If you blockade a country and prevent its trade with naval ships, that is an act of war in international law.
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Iranian armed forces launched more than a dozen missiles at military bases in Iraq hosting U.S. forces. (Photo: Screengrab/Twitter) Adil Ahmad Haque
Iran’s Unlawful Reprisal (and Ours)
Given the abject failure of unilateral force to achieve anything of lasting value, collective security measures seem worth trying. Exchanging armed reprisals can only lead to ruin.
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U.S. Army Soldiers in Rashidiyah, Iraq, Oct. 6, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett) Annelle Sheline
The U.S. Military Should Take the Iraqi Parliament’s Advice and Leave
The on-going presence of American troops in the region does not enhance U.S. or regional security; it makes Americans more vulnerable to attack and further mired in endless wars in the region.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd at a campaign rally on July 26, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Are Establishment Democrats Running Out of Ways to Sabotage Bernie Sanders?
The moderates of the party can't stand what Bernie is and what he stands for, but they apparently can't find a way to beat him.
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A woodchip mill burnt by bushfires is seen as smoke rises in Quaama in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. - Reserve troops were deployed to fire-ravaged regions across three Australian states on January 6 after a torrid weekend that turned swathes of land into smouldering, blackened hellscapes. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) John Fleming
In Australia's Nightmare, a Vision of the Planet's Terrifying Future
What’s happening Down Under is a dark preview of the kind of chaos and destruction that’s awaiting the rest of the world in this rapidly unfolding climate crisis... It sounds dramatic because it is.
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Major General Qasem Soleimani, pictured here on April 11, 2016, was killed Friday in Iraq by a U.S. drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Anthony Dworkin
Soleimani Strike Marks a Novel Shift in Targeted Killing, Dangerous to the Global Order
This new development shows how the influence of the open-ended military campaign against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State is washing back into the inter-state realm, imperiling the line between war and peace.
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But really... what has the U.S. accomplished over the last thirty years? Andrew Bacevich
A Report Card on the Failed American Project of the Last Three Decades
Since 1989, intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs.
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Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2018. (Photo: STR / AFP /Getty Images) Stephen Zunes
There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Americans
The assertions being repeated today seem based on apparently groundless claims from twelve years ago by the same people who said Iraq possessed weapons, weapons programs, and weapons systems that were such a grave threat that they ignited the U.S.-Iraq war.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls (fromL) Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrive for the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Biden and Buttigieg Exemplify How Corporatism and ‘the Madness of Militarism’ Go Together
Political positions on class warfare don't always run parallel to positions on military warfare. But they have now clearly aligned in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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Monday, January 6, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump confers with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while departing the U.S. Capitol following a St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Sarah Lazare, Michael Arria
To Stop Trump’s War with Iran, We Must Also Confront the Democrats Who Laid the Groundwork
Democratic leaders are feigning outrage, but they’ve supported the precursors to war.
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We can put an end to dangerous war profiteering by denying federal contracts to corporations that pay their top executives excessively. (Photo: Chris Devers / Flickr) Sarah Anderson
Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump's Attacks on Iran
As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.
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The price was even higher for Iraqis the second time around, with a 2015 study concluding at least 1.2 million, and possibly more than 2 million, civilians and combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have died in the ongoing US-led war on terrorism, now in its 19th year. (Photo: Shutterstock) Brett Wilkins
Blood On Whose Hands?
In survey after international survey, the United States is perennially voted the world’s greatest threat to peace in most of the world’s nations.
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As president, Trump has not only displayed a remarkable contempt for truth, law, civil liberties, the poor, civil rights, and women’s rights, but catered to the wealthy, the corporations, white supremacists, and religious fanatics. (Photo: mathiaswasick/flickr/cc) Lawrence Wittner
A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism
I have seen millions of people, in the United States and around the globe, turn the tide against fascism when, some eight decades ago, it threatened to engulf the world. Let’s hope they can do it again.
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Iranian pride, nationalism and basic sense of sovereignty, deeply wounded by Soleimani’s assassination, may demand an actual hot war with the U.S. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Trump’s Illegal, Impeachable Act of War
With so much on the line—both for the United States and the world—the time for silence is over. Public resistance is the only tool we the people have left.
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As 2020 begins, with America’s Afghan war in its 19th year and "progress" as nonexistent as ever, a beleaguered president continues to mull over just how to end America’s "endless wars" (while seemingly expanding them further). (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Nick Turse
Trump Threatens Afghan Armageddon
U.S. "plans" for the Afghan War might prove a crime against humanity.
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Abdulmahdi’s account makes nonsense of everything Trump and Pompeo and Esper are saying about the circumstances of the murder of Soleimani. (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Juan Cole
Iraqi Parliament Resolves to Kick Out US Troops, and Trump Threatens Mother of All Sanctions
The US invaded Iraq illegally in 2003 and essentially stole its oil income for years to pay for its military occupation of the country.
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Trump’s ignorant threat of responding to Teheran’s retaliation by destroying 52 critical targets across Iran can only result in spiraling escalation and to wider war that will consume lives across the Middle East and likely here in the United States. Joseph Gerson
No to Disastrous War With Iran
Instead of initiating a war with the assassination of General Soleimani, rationale leaders would have pursued diplomacy to reverse the spiraling dynamic of military escalation, not thoughtlessly and murderously fueling it.
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Sunday, January 5, 2020
The U.S. stores upwards of 50 B-61 nuclear gravity bombs at Incirlik Ann Wright
An American General Probably Thinks- “Thanks Trump, for Putting a Target on My Back!”
In 2017, Trump gave the CIA the authority to again use assassin drones after it had been withdrawn by the Obama administration.
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Ryan Costello
Trump and His Team Are Lying Their Way to War With Iran
Congress was left in the dark, and the administration appears to be lying about the intelligence they used to justify the strike.
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Gregory Shupak
Trump Order Aimed at Palestine Solidarity, Not Anti-Semitism
By acting as loudspeakers for the Trump administration's assertion that support for anti-colonial liberation is anti-Semitism, corporate media are both doing a disservice to Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid and a favor to anti-Semites.
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Chris Hedges
War With Iran
The United States, like Israel, has become a pariah that shreds, violates or absents itself from international law.
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Michael Winship
Drum Major Trump Marches Us Into the Folly of War
Pay no attention to that fool on the bandstand.
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Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Great Depression: Unemployed men queued outside a soup kitchen in Chicago. Angela Glover Blackwell, Sarah Treuhaft
A Federal Job Guarantee Is a Crucial Tool to Fight Inequality
A new campaign is building support for proposals to ensure that everyone who wants to work can have a good, living wage job.
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Dave Inder Comar
The United States' Assassination of Iranian Military Leader Violates International Law
"The assassination of Soleimani marks the most dangerous escalation between the United States and Iran in recent history, from which Iran and Iran's neighbouring countries will suffer the most."
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Major General Qasem Soleimani, pictured here on April 11, 2016, was reportedly assassinated Friday, January 3, 2020 in Iraq. Eric Margolis
Soleimani's Assassination: The Mafia Would Have Been Proud
Trump may now have the war with Iran he so obviously craves and that Israel and Saudi Arabia want.
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Reese Erlich
What's Really Going on With the US and Iran?
Reese Erlich, who has reported from the region for 20 years, sorts out the impact of Trump's drone attack that killed a popular Iranian general.
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Kathy Kelly
An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US 'Forever Wars' Speaks Out
Mainstream media seldom help us recognize ourselves as a menacing, warrior nation. Yet we must look in the mirror held up by historical circumstances if we're ever to accomplish credible change.
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Juan Cole
Trump Unites Iran and Iraq... Against the United States
The Trump administration charge that Soleimani had to be killed because he was planning an immediate, large scale operation against America in Iraq strikes no one in Iraq or Iran as very likely.
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Friday, January 3, 2020
Lawmakers need to move before it’s too late. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Trump’s Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition
Trump is betraying his voters and threatening millions of lives. Call him on it before it’s too late.
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Morrison views these fiery events through a prism of faith in an extractive capitalism. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) John Buell
Australia's National State of Emergency: The Fire This Time
Long term solutions requires a fundamental debate about the role of uncontrolled growth and hubristic attitudes towards nature.
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As with the U.S. border wall with Mexico, Trump has been obsessed with the idea of creating Space Force for several years. (Photo: Trump Make America Great Again Committee) Sonali Kolhatkar
With Space Force, Congress Hands Trump a Major Victory
As the devastating impacts of our endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to unfold, lawmakers have casually, without much debate, expanded the arena of war into space.
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The time is now—we cannot allow Trump to continue to spiral out of control—life as we know it hangs in the balance. (Photo: National Priorities Project) Wim Laven
Trump Must Be Removed From Office and We Must Create a Pathway to Peace
Millions of people need to fill the streets with the message: "Danger, danger, there’s a reckless warmonger in the White House."
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Bushfires rage across the country, fuelled by record heat, and are now surging through acres of parched land dryer than ever after the worst drought in a generation.(Photo: David Gray/Getty Images) Katherine Trebeck
Australia’s Bushfires Are a Wake-up Call: We Must Build a More Humane Economy Before It’s Too Late
Economists used to admire scientists. Now they ignore them at our peril.
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Kansas activist Sarah LaFrenz, warning of the disastrous impacts of deep tax cuts on corporations in her state at a Washington, D.C. rally before the 2017 congressional vote on the GOP tax plan. (Photo: Sarah Anderson) Frank Clemente
Eight Ways the Trump-GOP Tax Cuts Have Made the Rich Richer While Failing Working Families
In the two years since Congress passed the Republican tax law, the richest 1 percent have been the big winners.
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By murdering Qasem Soleimani (2nd R), the head of the Jerusalem (Qods) Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Trump has brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran. (Photo by IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump, Troll-in-Chief, Wags the Impeachment Dog By Going to War With Iran
It is extremely suspicious that Trump has abruptly begun trafficking in the sanguinary merchandise of all-out war just at this moment when his throne is on the brink of toppling.
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A firefighter attempts to residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast around 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney, Australia on December 10, 2019. Alison Rose Levy
Australia’s Tragedy Is a Cautionary Tale for the US Presidential Election
There is no substitute for a systemic reorientation on climate – or a movement that unequivocally supports it.
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Carolyn Coe
Afghan Children: Work of Necessity, Work of Choice
If children like himself had a choice, Gul Mohammad thinks it better that they be able to study instead of having to work, better if the government would ensure that the needs of children were met.
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Thursday, January 2, 2020
Despite the aggressive efforts by the right wing to suppress the vote, voting rights advocates are making progress. (Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED/Flickr) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Struggle to Vote in the U.S.
From the suffragettes to today's voting rights advocates, securing the right to vote should be a common pursuit of us all.
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Protesters chant as as they demonstrate outside Lebanon's Central Bank during ongoing anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon November 11, 2019 (Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters) Mona Fawaz
What Protests in Lebanon Can Tell Us About Inequality Worldwide
Confronting inequalities is not about merely bridging gaps, it requires confronting entrenched interests.
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Somebody who’s still in the race should say it as bravely as Julian Castro did. (Photo: Chip SomodevillaGetty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Julian Castro's Story Should Cause the Democratic Party to Reflect on How It Chooses Candidates
In general, it should make the country melancholy about how we do politics in the age of big money.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib addressing the House of Representatives on H.Res.326. (Photo: Screenshot) Philip Weiss
The Last Decade Brought the Conflict to the U.S., and That Is Progress
Mainstream politicians are talking about BDS and Zionism. A portion of the Democratic Party is firmly committed to Palestinian human rights, because the Democratic base is demanding it.
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with former Vice President Joe Biden after a Democratic debate in Ohio last year. (Photo: John Minchillo / AP) Norman Solomon
Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg Are Not to Be Trusted
It’s understandable that corporate-backed candidates don’t want to be cornered by questions that touch on realities of political and economic power.
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US Embassy in Iraq under siege. (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq
We hope that 2020 will be the year when the American public finally looks at the fateful choice between war and peace with 20/20 vision, and that we will start severely punishing Trump and every other U.S. politician who opts for threats over diplomacy, coercion over cooperation and war over peace.
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 Even when people are permanently disabled, the more frequent and onerous the reevaluation process becomes, the harder it is for them to keep up. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Mike Ervin
Look Out: Trump’s Social Security Administration Wants People with Disabilities to Prove it
Stepping up reevaluations is a good way to purge the disability rolls in the name of "enhancing program integrity."
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020
We, the global grassroots, can move forward and solve the climate crisis and all the other interrelated crises that plague us. Ronnie Cummins
2020 Vision: A New Year’s Regeneration
There is a practical, shovel-ready solution to our impasse, powered by a massive leap in grassroots consciousness, a youth-led climate movement and a 2020 ballot box revolution.
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) could become a hero of the impeachment trial. Alan Hirsch
Impeachment Heroes: Past, Present, Future
Republican senators like Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner, and Lamar Alexander—history has its eyes on you.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference at the Capitol on July 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Nancy Pelosi's Leverage over Mitch McConnell
She can threaten to reopen the House investigation into the president.
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Big Tech must do more in the 2020 election to protect the public. Jessica J. González
A New Year's Resolution for Big Tech: Step Up to Stop Hate
There's a very real possibility that the same companies that fell down on the job in 2016 will once again be a force for evil in 2020.
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Mural at 510 West Broadway, Hwy. 56, downtown Okemah, Oklahoma, depicting Woody Guthrie and Okfuskee County history. Painted by DeAnna Mauldin in 1994. Randall Amster
For 2020 and Beyond: 'Keep Hoping Machine Running'
All things considered, we could do worse than embracing Woody Guthrie's resolutions for the new year.
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The Morton County Sheriff's Department deployed a tank and sprayed peaceful protesters with a water cannon amid below-freezing temperatures on November 20, 2016 at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Tara Houska
A Voice From the Forest in the Corporate Boardroom
Only when indigenous people are heard by those financing climate disaster can we stop the destruction, together.
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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi I, together with Constitutional Law scholars Louis Fisher and Bruce Fein, proposed that...
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Shanghai Donghai Bridge's 100mw offshore wind power project is China's first national offshore wind power demonstration project in the early morning light of morning in Shanghai, Oct. 4, 2019. Jim Hightower
What If You Were to Own Your Own Power Company?
What if you were to control an energy business that's also an economic development engine and a grassroots force for advancing social justice?
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