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Monday, July 13, 2020
But extinction or, at best, mass misery, need not be humanity’s fate. (Photo: CC) Lawrence Wittner
Humanity Is an Endangered Species. Can We Do What it Takes to Save Ourselves?
Although there is not much time left before the world succumbs to one or more catastrophes, human beings have been able to alter their behavior and institutions before.
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We cannot go back to the dirty past, otherwise we will have no collective future. (Photo: Extinction Rebellion) Andy Rowell
Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Are "Dominating Climate Policy Battles During COVID-19"
The system is broken. There may be tens of millions people demanding a just transition, but we live in a system of embedded cronyism, that rewards people closest to those in power.
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The reasons for the current state of perpetual war are complex, but they're not inexplicable. (Photo: Cliff Wells / Veterans for Peace) Nan Levinson
Veterans Go to Washington, So What?
The vet conundrum and America's wars.
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Volunteers speak with a woman while boxes of food for the needy from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida are being packed in her car during a drive through event at City of Destiny church. The demand for food continues in the Orlando, Florida area due to the large numbers of service workers and others who have become unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
Foreshadowing the Year 2021: Half of America Facing Poverty
The pandemic has caused chaos in the American job market, but you wouldn't know it from free-market groups who insist that "we will be just fine."
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With tens of billions of nonhuman animals either hunted or farmed in the world’s current world system of food production, future pandemics are all but certain. (Photo: Tim Geers/Flickr/cc) John Buell
Unless We Take Urgent Action, Covid-19 Won't Be the Last Virus That Jumps From Animals to Humans
Although Trump may enjoy and thinks he profits from rhetorical trashing of China the hands of western U.S. corporate agriculture and global capitalism are all over the many pandemics and likely to be many more.
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Ted Snider
How Many Ways Can Israel Wage War on Iran Before the Media Reports Israel Is Waging War on Iran?
Two recent attacks seem to add dropping missiles from the sky and walking bombs in on the ground to Israel’s resume of acts of war on Iran. And the resume is long.
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Tamika C.B. Zapolski, Ukamaka M. Oruche
Racism in the U.S. Healthcare System Is Costing Black Lives
Health inequity for Black people in the U.S. is not a new phenomenon. But Covid-19 shined a light on the problem—and it’s costing lives.
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Charles Eisenstein
The Cure of the Earth
"Love of life is the guide and motivator of ecological healing on Earth. Next comes learning how to put that love into action. How do we do that for that most alive of all places, the Amazon?"
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Julie Hollar
Corporate Media Team With Trump to Disparage Public Health Experts
Contrary to a recent New York Times headline, it's clearly not a question of "who" is protesting, when it comes to public health recommendations. It's "what" is being protested.
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Tim Koechlin
Trump, the Pandemic, and the End of the Trumpian Tragedy
"Trump's idiocy is, perhaps, unsurprising. But is there no one in Trump's orbit who saw (sees) that ignoring the virus will not revive the economy?"
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Maggie Mills
A Vote for American Healthcare is a Vote for Violence
"I write this to appeal, hell, plead, with my fellow Americans to pay attention to the suffering that exists all around us—to recognize our well, able-bodied privilege, and to come together to tear this cruel system down."
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Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: Trump Isn't Above the Law, But Taxes May Stay Hidden
Even after a pair of landmark decisions delivered by the Supreme Court, we still aren’t going to see the President’s financial records any time soon.
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Ralph Nader
The Enduring Case for Demanding Trump’s Resignation
"It is our obligation as citizens to organize and demand Trump's resignation and focus millions of voters on turning out the Trumpsters and their four-year Dark Age that is wrecking America."
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Christopher Brauchli
The Oratory of the Trump
Two recent speeches by the president are "equally authentic Trump and each describes a country that only the Trump and his benighted followers can see."
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Friday, July 10, 2020
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin. Juan Declet-Barreto
Heat Wave and COVID-19 Clash: Tens of Millions of People at Risk in States Seeing COVID Spikes
Communities with large Black and Hispanic populations stand to be hit hardest by the compounding threats of extreme heat and COVID-19.
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Reproductive justice is economic justice, and reproductive freedom requires full and unlimited access to healthcare. (Photo: Mikasi/cc/flickr) Melinda Moulton
Reproductive Justice Is Economic Justice
It is time for America to create a Medicare for All health system.
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A young girl plays with colorful rose petals during the Inti Raymi celebration in the village of Pesillo, Ecuador. The highland Indians, wearing beautiful costumes, dance, drink and sing with no rest. Colorful processions in honor of the God Inti (Sun) pass through the mountain villages giving thanks for the harvest and expressing their deep relation to the Mother Earth (Pachamama). (Photo by Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images) Thomas Linzey
Rights of Nature: One Big Step for Nature, One Small Step for Humankind
We must consume less. We must change everything we know.
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A Navy guard assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion patrols Camp Delta’s recreation yard during the early morning of July 7, 2010. (Photo: Joint Task Force Guantanamo/flickr/DoD/cc) Asadullah Haroon
'Give Me Freedom or Give Me Death': 13 Years Without Trial at Guantanamo, My Hunger Strike Is All I Have Left
I am prepared to die, if it comes to it. I look ahead, and all I see is suffering. But what is the point of good health in life, if I cannot be home?
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The economy is an ecosystem, but it is one that is heading for collapse. (Photo: Lily Rhoads via Flickr) Jon Rynn
A New Eco-Economic Paradigm
The coronavirus has exposed the failures of the global economic system. Here’s a post-pandemic alternative.
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Photo: Rep. Liz Cheney/Facebook) Glenn Greenwald
Media Continue to Ignore That Both Parties Almost Always Agree That More War Is Good
How the House Armed Services Committee, in the middle of a pandemic, approved a huge military budget and more war in Afghanistan.
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It is clear that nobody should be bailing out the polluters when their profits are evaporating, when they are laying off workers and their pipelines cannot get built. (Photo: Andrew Hart/flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
As Arctic Temperatures Soar, Trump Lavishes Fossil Fuel Industry With Billions in Bailouts
We should not be propping up a dying industry.
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The safest course is to continue with distance learning in the fall despite the numerous academic problems with that method of instruction. (Photo: carl_hfser/flickr) Steven Singer
Do Not Play Russian Roulette With the Lives of Our Children and Teachers
Every day with this virus in the physical classroom is like spinning the cylinder and pulling the trigger.
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"Despite all his boasting about beefing up our defense, his brags that America is stronger than ever, Donald Trump has placed our national security in peril," writes Winship. "With our own government in chaos and a shambolic delusional president systematically destroying our relations with longtime friends in the world, we have completely abandoned our role as a leader among nations and in many ways, left ourselves defenseless." (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Trump's Bull Destroys the China Shop–And Our Role in the World
The notion of "America First" hasn't protected us but instead has wrecked national security.
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Thursday, July 9, 2020
All of us must join together to demand that governments and businesses take steps to protect these workers. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram, Dr. MarkAlain Déry
Protecting Our Vulnerable Front Line Workers
Protecting frontline workers and their families is a matter of both economic justice and racial justice.
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A January 2015 meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Vice President Biden—unlikely to be repeated if Biden wins the presidency. (Photo: AP) Leonardo Flores
Biden and Trump on Venezuela: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Biden’s policies are the same policies and exact rhetoric used by the Trump administration.
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Americans should have no doubt that teachers want to be in their classrooms with their students on the first day of the coming school year, but we won’t acquiesce to a vision of learning that endangers the lives of everyone who walks in to a schoolhouse, as well as their families and communities. (Photo: John Picken Photography/Flickr/cc) Lily Eskelsen García
NEA President: Trump's Plan to Reopen Schools Is Dangerous for Students and Teachers
The White House pressure campaign presents a false choice between the health of our students and the health of our economy. It's appallingly reckless.
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Immigrant and Latinx communities also suffer at the hands of police and would benefit from the defunding and subsequent re-investment of public resources into social programs and education in their communities. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press) Daniel Jenks, Ernesto Castañeda
Defunding the Police Is an Immigrants' Rights Issue, Too
Black and brown lives are under attack by law enforcement.
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If Trump is gone, the odds are good that the people, organized, will make sure a President Biden does the right thing and prevents this pipeline from going into operation. (Photo: 350.org) Ted Glick
A Climate Movement Turning Point?
May more and more of us join this so-desperately-needed political and cultural revolution and keep the victories coming. Let’s seize the time!
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As both the Covid-19 crisis and the militarization of the police in the streets of American cities have made clear, the imperial power that we veterans fought for abroad is the same one some of us are now struggling against at home and the two couldn’t be more intimately linked. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Undercover Patriots
Trump, Tulsa, and the rise of military dissent.
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A person with a gun and a fist in the air as a form of protest to police violence on June 20, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Protesters for racial justice have called for statues of Confederate leaders, like General Robert E. Lee, be taken down. (Photo by Eze Amos/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
When All the Protesters Have Guns
As soon as we pull the trigger, we’ve dehumanized the enemy and gone to war.
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Israel began utilizing the occupied territories as if they are contiguous and permanent parts of so-called Israel proper, immediately following the June 1967 war.  (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
The West Bank Is Already Annexed
The truth is that Israel rarely behaves as an 'Occupying Power', but as a sovereign in a country where racial discrimination and apartheid are not only tolerated or acceptable but are, in fact, 'legal' as well.
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Climate change protesters disrupt Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event on October 9, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Varshini Prakash
Let's Keep Organizing: An Inside Look at the Biden-Sanders Task Force on Climate
We've moved the needle a lot, especially on environmental justice and upping Biden's overall ambition. But there's still more work to do to push Democrats to understand and embrace the scale of the climate crisis, and towards the promise of a truly just society we envision through a Green New Deal...
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Thousands of water protectors and allies spent weeks at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota in 2016 to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo: Reuters) Tina Gerhardt
Environmental Justice Wins, Pipelines Lose
Three pipelines were stopped in a twenty-four-hour period after years of opposition led by Indigenous and Black environmental justice groups.
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The paper still hasn’t acknowledged, let alone apologized for, the credulous reporting that gave it a leading role in bringing down an elected president and the violence that followed. (Photo: New York Times) Camila Escalante
NYT Acknowledges Coup in Bolivia—While Shirking Blame for Its Supporting Role
The fatal flaws in the report the OAS used to subvert a member government, long obvious, are now undeniable even to the New York Times.
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 Trump was acting as judge, jury and executioner and arbitrarily killing someone he didn’t like the looks of. (Photo: CC) Juan Cole
UN Special Rapporteur: US Drone Strike Killing Iranian Gen. Soleimani Was Unlawful
Not only was Soleimani’s killing unlawful, it set a very bad precedent.
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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speak to the supporters during a rally in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
To Keep Americans Safe, We Have to Get Billionaires Out of Politics
Billionaires and the super rich have spent 40 years, since the beginning of the Reagan Revolution, telling us how wonderful America would be if only rich people ran the show. That's called oligarchy, not democracy.
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"The fossil fuel corporations funded by Wall Street cause vast harm to black communities," writes Connon, "yet, black communities reap almost no benefit from the industry." (Image: Flood Wall Street) Alec Connon
What Do the Racial Wealth Gap, Police Brutality, and the Climate Crisis Have in Common? Wall Street
The biggest banks, it turns out, are every bit as complicit in the climate crisis as they were in the slave trade.
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In 2018, Lockheed Martin Corporation earned $8 billion in profits. About 85 percent of their business was government contracts. (Photo: Lockheed Martin) Heidi Peltier
The 'Camo Economy' Hides Military Costs and Exacerbates Inequality
Pentagon contractors like Lockheed Martin exploit their political connections to maintain a system that generates huge corporate profits and executive pay at taxpayer expense.
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Thanks to the abandonment of antitrust, we’re now living in a new Gilded Age, as consolidation has inflated corporate profits, suppressed worker pay, supercharged economic inequality, and stifled innovation. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Beware the 21st Century Robber Barons
This great shift in bargaining power from workers to corporate shareholders has created an increasingly angry working class vulnerable to demagogues peddling authoritarianism, racism, and xenophobia.
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It's the corporate version of the old political adage "Never let a big crisis go to waste."(Photo: Austin Kirk/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
Sacrificing People to Corporate Profit
While millions of workaday families have lost jobs, income and their future financial security, corporate bosses and billionaires are surreptitiously building new channels into the system for looting an even greater share of America's wealth.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Long wait times are a chronic problem primarily for Latino and Black voters in "precincts with high minority populations, high population, and low incomes." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jonathan Coopersmith
Racism at the Polls: It Takes a Long Time to Vote
One way to encourage people to vote during the work day could be for employers to give workers paid time off to go to the polls.
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NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts of their actions, including direct action by an agency or the permitting of private activity. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Adam Carlesco
Why Trump Wants To Kill The Biggest Environmental Law You've Never Heard Of
NEPA is one of the biggest federal policies ever enacted to protect our environment. But Trump is out to gut it—here's why.
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It’s time to defund our wars, both at home and abroad. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) William Hartung
Police, Prisons, and the Pentagon
Defunding America's wars at home and abroad.
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Congress seems to approach military interventions as if it were building mousetraps. It makes it easy to get into them, but almost impossible to get out. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House’s Military Spending Bill
There is simply no logic to it—other than the inexorable logic of war profiteering and global control.
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The main idea underpinning the current version of capitalism is blindingly simple: you only have to remember one thing - that your job is to maximize profits. And you only have to accept one lie - that in doing so, you benefit the collective. (Photo: Flickr/Andy Roberts. CC BY 2.0.) Chris Oestereich
Pandemic Capitalism
Pervasive inequality is a chosen catastrophe. It’s time for a rethink.
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Elva Nora Cruz is the sister of a fired Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME) member, and sits with Triqui women protesting violence in Oaxaca under a tent in Mexico City’s central square, the zocalo (Photo: David Bacon) David Bacon
Will the New NAFTA Make the Pandemic Worse for Mexicans?
For Mexican workers, farmers, and the poor, the pandemic and the new treaty replacing NAFTA are a devastating one-two punch.
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The military is an institution of American society, and as such its origins and development have been centrally influenced by the political economy of U.S. capitalism. (Photo: Shutterstock) Walden Bello
The Racist Underpinnings of the American Way of War
The deadly interplay of racism, genocide, and denial at the heart of American white society has been reproduced in the country’s wars.
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Monday, July 6, 2020
Paul Buchheit
The Protests We Should Be Having to Make the Super-Rich Very Afraid
If we understand our history and consider strategies for the present that might combat greed in a practical way, perhaps we can anticipate what is possible if the super-rich refuse to step away from their yachts, bunkers, and lofty Wall Street pedestals.
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National Nurses United for an International Day of Action, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Flickr Glyn Lowe Photo Works, @glynlowe). Sarah Anderson
Shrink Wall Street to Guarantee Good Jobs
A new House proposal would ensure that all Americans in hard-hit areas could have a job. A tax on Wall Street windfalls would pay for it.
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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in 2018. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) Nicolas J.S. Davies
Key US Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme
As the web of lies spun by Clinton and Albright has unraveled, and the truth behind their lies has spilled out piece by bloody piece, the war on Yugoslavia has emerged as a case study in how U.S. leaders mislead us into war.
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Bianca Mugyenyi
Why Canada—and the World—Deserve a Better Foreign Policy in Ottawa
Why are Canadians so confused about their country’s place in the world and how do we overcome the stark democratic deficit in international affairs?
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The racism that permeates U.S. foreign policy today, writes Gerami, "is an extension of the belief in white supremacy that shaped the territorial and ideological boundaries of our nation from its inception." (Photo: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mike Brady, Task Force Cyclone, 38th Infantry Division Public Affairs) Nima Gerami
To Defeat Systemic Racism, America Must End Endless War
As we look inwards to dismantle America's legacy of racism that pervades the law enforcement and national security apparatuses, we must also recognize that racism and militarism are mutually reinforcing.
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A crew removes the statue of confederateMatthew Fontaine Maury located at the intersection of Monument Avenue and N Belmont Avenue in Richmond, VA on July 2, 2020. (Photo: John McDonnell/The Washington Post/Getty Images) Todd Cronan, Charles Palermo
Take It Down!: Symbolic Politics Is Just That
No one can right the wrongs perpetrated in the past and yet we must address the injustices of the present.
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 A boat taking part in a boat parade for the re-election of President Donald Trump passes by Point State Park on the Allegheny River on July 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Roughly 30 boats and a group of 50 supporters along the shoreline showed up for the event though over 10,000 people had signed up online for the event. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump and the GOP's Handling of Covid-19 Is Sheer Lunacy
The economy isn't roaring back. What's roaring back is Covid-19. Until it's tamed, the economy doesn't stand a chance.
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An Extinction Rebellion protester holds up a placard saying "Divest from climate change" on October 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images) Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve, and Bas Eickhout
To 'Build Back Better,' We Must Ditch Public Financing of Fossil Fuels
An open letter to Emmanuel Macron and Rémy Rioux on the existential dangers of continued funding of coal, oil, and gas.
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Sunday, July 5, 2020
A demonstrator holds up a sign during an anti-annexation protest in Tel Aviv on June 6th, 2020 David Hart
As ‘Annexation’ Looms, Let’s Expand Our Compassion to Include Palestinians
Since we are able to accept the suffering of others when we dehumanize them, we must start with the simple recognition that Palestinians are fully human.
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Hitler saw The Passing of the Great Race as his Bible Jorge Majfud
Hitler’s Ideologues: The U.S. Racism that Bore Fruit in Mein Kampf
“If you are a blond, you belong to the best people in the world, but it’s all over with you! Your forebears committed the fatal mistake of intermingling with inferior brunettes, and as a result the...
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC Linda McQuaig
How Ottawa is Driving Up the Cost of Infrastructure by Listening to Wall Street
The Trudeau government is gearing up to spend billions on new infrastructure as part of its post-pandemic economic plans. What a terrific idea! — except that it plans to do so in a way that will...
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The millers daughter happens upon the imp dancing around his fire in the forest while he is chanting his name, Rumplestiltskin Robert Shetterly
White Men in Suits, Original Sin, and Rumplestiltskin
As a kid growing up in Ohio in the 1950s and ‘60’s I was taught to admire and respect—frankly, be intimidated by—white men in suits. They were the priests of the High Holy Church of How the World...
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Saturday, July 4, 2020
A crown of onlookers watch as the Stonewall Jackson Monument in Richmond Virginia is being removed by a crane on July 1, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the removal of all Confederate statues from city land. Tony Norman
The Day They Tore Old Dixie Down
“In the winter of ’65, we were hungry, just barely alive/ By May the 10th, Richmond had fell/ It’s a time I remember, oh so well.” — from “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” Fifty-one years ago,...
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NO PIPELINES ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND Elana Sulakshana
Who’s Insuring the Trans Mountain Pipeline?
A new campaign is demanding these companies respect Indigenous rights and drop their coverage
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An 1839 woodcut depicts a slave patrol capturing a fugitive. Ravi Mangla
Policing is Not a Public Good
From the beginning, policing in this country has primarily protected the powerful. Maybe now that can change.
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Radical Hope Gwyneth Bernier
This Independence Day, Generation Z Celebrates Its Moment of Radical Hope
In the two decades Generation Z has been alive, we have experienced an entire lifetime of crises. Within the first few months of my life, my parents fled the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack...
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The George Floyd memorial outside of Cup Foods in Minneapolis, MN. Jessica A. Siegel, Jessica Hodge
What George Floyd and Breonna Taylor Can Teach Us About the History of the War on Drugs and Needed Police Reforms
The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor ignited calls for major police reform. One important question to surface is the role of policing drug use and the militarized way the War on Drugs has...
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Defund the Police Joan Steinau Lester
Why Defund the Police? A Story
On my way down Central Park Drive into Berkeley’s Tilden Park yesterday, I saw a white man of about sixty—twenty years my junior—standing by a black car. I paused to see if he needed help. He made a...
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Friday, July 3, 2020
Former National security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence before the start of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Don't Let the Corruption of the Powerless Bring Down the Democrats
In politics, moral purity is just a fashionable way of being morally indifferent.
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A staff member raises the state flag for the flag retirement ceremony at the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi on July 1, 2020. - Mississippi's flag, the last US state banner to feature a Confederate emblem, was permanently retired Wednesday when it was lowered from the state's capitol and removed from the grounds. The move comes one day after Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill ordering the rebel-themed flag's removal, which comes in the wake of coast-to-coast protests over the poli Jeffery Robinson
This Fourth of July, Time To Tell the Truth About the Confederacy and Its Symbols
The decision to retire the Mississippi state flag is not erasing history, it is telling the truth about it.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and others march in Washington, DC in August 1963 demanding economic reforms, including full employment and better wages. (Photo: CWA/Local 7076) Jeff Cohen
Politicians of Color Should Not Be Immune From Criticism
As progressives in a country with a long, grim history of racism continuing to the present day, it's our responsibility to fight racism everywhere we see it.
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A nurse attends a protest, organised by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) in front of the National Holdings Corporation on May 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images) Liz Watson
Trump and the GOP Are Sacrificing Working People for Political Gain
Instead of protecting people, Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy—backed by the White House—are working hard to impose corporate immunity—ensuring negligent employers can't be held responsible for failing to follow basic safety rules.
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U.S. Soldiers navigate a stream during a security patrol in Chabar, Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2009. The Soldiers are from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. (Photo: DoD/Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, U.S. Air Force) Nikola Mikovic
What Do Russian Analysts Make of the Charge Moscow Offered Taliban Bounties on US Troops?
The history of outside forces helping wage war within Afghanistan—including the U.S. establishment of the mujahideen forces to fight the Russians in the 1980s—is a bloody history indeeed.
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Activists hold signs and protest the California lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 01, 2020 in San Diego, California. The protesters demands included opening small businesses, churches as well as support for President Trump. (Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Neil deMause
What the Corporate Media Isn't Telling You About the Risks of Reopening
Putting worker safety and public health first means picking and choosing carefully, not just which activities are the safest, but which are the most urgent for a functioning society—which, it bears emphasizing, is not the same thing as what’s best for businesses' bottom lines.
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Among some of the most powerful Democrats in the House, Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16) (far left) was just defeated in a primary; Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5) (center), the House Majority Leader; and Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) (right), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, all have received massive support from the weapons industry and pro-war lobbyists. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Stephen Miles
The Democrat's Hawkish, Dead-End Foreign Policy Is Also Very Bad Politics
Is the party finally willing to recognize the failures—both morally and politically—of its pro-war stance?
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There is no alternative. To rebuild the global economy, to prepare for the next pandemic, to confront the climate crisis, we have no choice: we need a Global Green New Deal. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Michael Galant
Why We Need a Global Green New Deal Right Now
The rules of the global economy got us into this mess. But rules can change.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020
The country simply cannot wait until Inauguration Day, January 21, 2021. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The People Must Rise Up and Remove Trump-Pence From This Horror Show Handling of the Pandemic
The citizenry must quickly mount irresistible pressure for Trump and Pence to step aside.
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"There's a reason for Facebook's failure that even industry pundits might understand," explains Karr. "Facebook has long been aware that its ad-driven business model was amplifying hateful and divisive posts over users' friendlier fare. But it chose to bury an internal report warning against the use of its engagement algorithms in this way." (Image: Stop Hate for Profit) Tim Karr
#StopHateforProfit: What Pundits Get Wrong About the Facebook Ad Boycott
To stop profiting from hate—and align the company more closely with its mission—Facebook would have to rewire the technology that drives its multi-billion-dollar advertising enterprise.
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Mount Rushmore. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Lawrence Weschler
A True American Monument to Trumpian Times
Chief justice John Roberts auditions for a spot on Mount Rushmore 2.0
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Activists from "Ende Gelände" have invaded the Garzweiler open-cast mine and occupied a lignite excavator. A banner with the inscription "System relevant? Mumpitz!" was attached to the excavator. The activists are behind it. (Photo: David Young/picture alliance via Getty Images) Tina Gerhardt
Ende Gelände: 'When Laws Fail, It Is time for Blockades!'
"If ever there was a state of emergency, climate change would be it."
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EARN IT would give the Trump Administration a sledge hammer to dismantle free digital speech and privacy as we know it, while endangering countless LGBTQ+ humans. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Jared Trujillo
Vulnerable LGBTQ+ Sex Workers Targeted Again by Politicians With EARN IT Act
The EARN IT Act, which the Senate could advance tomorrow, is dangerous.
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The public sees the urgency and actually wants more climate news. (Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard, Kyle Pope
The Climate Emergency Won't Wait for the Press to Play Catch-up
Ahead of the 2020 US elections, the public sees the urgency of the climate crisis and wants more media coverage now.
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Since illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, over 200 Jews-only settler colonies have been built in the West Bank. (Photo: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Israel War Crimes in Palestine
Prominent international critics have called the ongoing Zionist colonization of Palestine an act of ethnic cleansing and the exclusively Jewish settlements a form of apartheid.
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Not only are statues of Confederate generals finally coming down, but Christopher Columbus—colonialist conqueror extraordinaire—apparently has also had his day, with his statues coming down all over the place. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Is the Nation Opening Its Soul?
Change seems to be coming from multiple directions, both outside and within the corridors of political and economic power, as our ignorance shatters and we wake up.
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While the IEA has led with welcome rhetoric about the importance of putting clean energy at the heart of stimulus efforts, the actual contents of the report fall short on climate ambition—a chronic problem for the IEA. (Photo: Electrek) Kelly Trout
IEA Report Misses the Mark on 'Sustainable Recovery' by Sidelining 1.5°C
The decisions made over the next three years will set our course to 2030. To be a useful authority on a sustainable recovery, the IEA needs to choose a side.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The new populists are devoted, in contrast, to diversity, tolerance, and inclusiveness. (Photo: Dr Case/Flickr) Isaiah J. Poole
Progressive Populism and a 21st Century Challenge
Grassroots activists are re-defining populism for a new era.
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Emergency Medical Service workers unload a patient out of their ambulance at the Cobble Hill Health Center on April 18, 2020 in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Justin Heiman/Getty Images) Alex Lawson
Blood on His Hands: The Nursing Home Covid-19 Crisis is Donald Trump’s Fault
The president is desperate to deflect from the truth: Over 54,000 nursing home residents and workers are dead. Those deaths were preventable. Their deaths are his fault.
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In the midst of so much fury, trauma, and terror, hearts refuse to be crushed. (Photo: Oleksandr Lapin/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Zoe Weil
What Makes Us Crack
How sorrow breaks us and rage fuels us.
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It’s tempting for progressive Kentuckians to want to check out of this election, as many of us have after the corporate wing of the Democratic Party threw a wet blanket on Bernie Sanders’ post-Nevada momentum to circle its wagons around Joe Biden. (Photo: @Booker4KY/Twitter) Carl Gibson
Booker's Loss Was Devastating. But We Can't Lose Sight of Defeating McConnell
Only by ousting obstructionists like McConnell and freeing the Senate from Republican control can a progressive vision be achieved.
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The decision on DACA is a huge victory for our undocumented communities, but it’s also a reminder to the present administration, and future administrations, that we won’t stop mobilizing and organizing for people’s collective freedom to move—and stay—in unity and peace. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Josue De Luna Navarro
The Victory of DACA Is a Reminder that Nothing Will Put Us Down
The passion organizers poured into DACA galvanized me and many others to keep organizing—and to aim for the collective liberation of all.
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We will not rescue our country from the iron grip of the military-industrial complex by picking the lesser evil and hoping for the best. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
A New Anti-War Mobilization Must Topple Trump—and Challenge Biden
Building a new anti-war movement that is connected to the domestic anti-police struggle is the only thing that can rein in US militarism.
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For young climate activists like Alexey, the lesson is clear: Vladimir Putin, the authoritarian president who has been in power for all of their lives, has never been all too concerned about their safe and sustainable future. (Photo: Fridays for the Future Russia / Facebook) Daria Solomennikova
In Russia, a New Generation of Activists are Taking on Climate Crisis
Against a hostile media—and a powerful fossil lobby, young people in Russia are coming out to build a safe climate future.
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Michael Winship
Covid-19 and the Masque of the Red States
Now that the pandemic is raging in the south and west, Trump’s governors finally are face-to-face with reality. Wear your damn mask.
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This militarism at home is linked inextricably to U.S. militarism abroad. (Photo: Shutterstock) Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Phyllis Bennis
The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home
We need to end systemic racism and the militarism that makes it even deadlier—from Kabul to Atlanta and Baghdad to Minneapolis.
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President Donald J. Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing on Marine One on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Washington DC. President Trump is scheduled to hold his first campaign rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump Doesn't Believe in Democracy—Here's His 25-Step Reelection Plan
The president's opponents are limited because they believe in democracy. Trump has no limits because he doesn't.
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Medical staff wearing full PPE clean a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on June 30, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
The GOP's Grotesque Response to a Pandemic Will Never Be Forgotten
With nearly 130,00 US deaths and 2.6 million infections—gosh, what to do now? Of course! Let's take away the health care coverage of some 23 million Americans!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Social media has proven itself as a tool for political activism, from online boycotts to offline gatherings. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Anjana Samant
TikTok Teens and the Trump Campaign: How Social Media Amplifies Political Activism and Threatens Election Integrity
If it’s this easy for a group of teens to influence turnout in a campaign rally, how easy would it be for a foreign actor to interfere in the election process?
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there’s the nasty little secret of American elections: not every vote gets counted. (Photo: Allyn West) Greg Palast
Killer Lines, Killer Cops, and Trump's Vote-Heist Dress Rehearsal
The hidden, ugly story of the new Jim Crow tactics tested in the recent primaries—and coming soon to a state near you.
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For Khanna and Lee (above)—two of the most eloquent and effective members of Congress on matters of war and peace—the upcoming convention offers an opportunity to directly challenge the Democratic Party’s default embrace of what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism."(Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for MoveOn.org) Norman Solomon
Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee Could Defy "the Madness of Militarism" as Co-Chairs of the Democratic Convention’s Biggest Delegation
Khanna and Lee have a tremendous—indeed, historic—opportunity.
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The platform of the Movement for Black Lives represents an excellent place to start when it comes to preventing this country from becoming a failed state. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
Failed State: The Sudden Descent of the United States
Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?
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Soleimani was certainly murdered. (Photo: Tasnim News Agency / Wikimedia/CC) Juan Cole
Iran Seeks Interpol Red Notice on Trump for Soleimani Murder
Trump unilaterally whacked Soleimani on Iraqi soil without the permission of the Iraqi government, violating the terms under which US troops operate in Iraq as well as committing murder against Soleimani and those with him.
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The average of their estimates of health care costs under M4A is a 5.7% decrease from what we currently spend, despite more people being insured, out-of-pocket payments being eliminated, and more benefits being added. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Gordon Mosser
The Case for Medicare for All Has Grown Stronger Than Ever
Despite an ever-present flood of misinformation from those making huge profits from the status quo, almost all reputable research and projections about M4A indicate that Americans overall would pay significantly less than we do now.
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Monday, June 29, 2020
 The U.S. insistence on global military domination has actively undermined both domestic and international peace. (Photo: bgrocker / Shutterstock.com) Sara Bakhtiar
How to Reverse the US’s Shockingly Low Global Peace Index Ranking
The GPI measures peace in three domains: Societal Safety and Security, Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and Militarization.
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