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Saturday, January 16, 2021
President Donald Trump delivering the speech that spurred a mob to overrun the U.S. Capitol at a rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Will Trump's Grand Finale Be Conviction by the US Senate?
Congressional Republicans have aided and abetted, for four years, Trump's assertion that "With Article II, I can do whatever I want as president." Dangerous Donald did just that.
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In November, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (left) became the chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association, while Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (right) became RAGA's policy chair and chair of the group's Rule of Law Defense Fund, which was among the sponsors of the Trump rally preceding the U.S. Capitol Riot and sent out robocalls urging people to march to the Capitol to "stop the steal." (Photo: Official portraits) Sue Sturgis
Meet the GOP State AGs Who Spread Election Lies That Fueled an Insurrection
Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) never acknowledged its role in fueling Trump supporters' ire by sharing repeatedly debunked lies about the outcome of the presidential election.
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The mob can hide behind the First Amendment and use the foil of BLM marches all it wants. It’s  piling chicanery on top of lies. (Photo: Flickr/CC) Pierre Tristam
No, Open Sedition Is Not a First Amendment Right
The right to protest is not in dispute. If that's all the mob had done, its rights would certainly be defensible and protected.
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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Shelley Wales/iStock) Adam Federman
Turns Out That the Oil Industry Wasn’t Interested in the Arctic Refuge After All
The Trump administration’s Arctic Refuge oil lease auction was a total bust.
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Friday, January 15, 2021
A young activist holds a sign during a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of young people across the globe are participating in a day of protest calling for urgent action to fight climate change in what organizers are calling the Global Climate Strike. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) David Orr
Questions "Too Puny" for Our Dire Circumstances
The unanswered question is whether we have the political will to do what is required to prevent Earth’s climate from spiraling out of control.
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The ongoing global health, economic, and climate crises have revealed what racial justice advocates have known for a long time: our economic system is fundamentally and profoundly broken. (Photo: Chris-Yakimov-via-Flickr) Alvaro Sanchez
How the Biden-Harris Administration Can Fight Climate Change and Structural Racism
Addressing the root causes of climate change and structural racism means equity must be core to the framework for action.
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U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (R) bumps elbows with Stacey Abrams (L) during a campaign rally with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
We Should Learn From Georgia to Show Us the Way Forward
Over slow generations, they built a broad enough "we" and an effective bottom up force that formed not just a victorious voting block this year, but a caring community dedicated explicitly to dismantling white supremacy.
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In the dying days of his Presidency the bad climate news continues. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Impeached Twice, Trump's Presidency Was a Climate Disaster
The world burned on Trump’s watch, leaving behind a horrendous lasting environmental legacy.
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Some Republican state officials already are using Trump’s Big Lie as cover to pursue new laws to make it harder to vote—in other words, new voter suppression laws. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Win McNamee/Getty Images) Fred Wertheimer
Republican State Officials Are Already Using Trump’s Big Lie as Cover To Pursue New Laws To Make It Harder To Vote
Congress must move quickly to enact H.R. 1, the For The People Act, and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
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Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented this final hallucination in a speech on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC: "Al-Qaeda has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran." (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Belén Fernández
Here We Go Again, But Now the Target Is Iran
Two decades after invading Iraq for alleged links to al-Qaeda, the US now says Iran is the armed group's 'new home.'
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A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. - Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Lynching Political Correctness
Are we in a state of national emergency?
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Democrats need to tackle raising the minimum wage, and people are ready for them to do so. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Emily Galvin-Almanza, Sean McElwee
If Lawmakers Really Care About "Unity" They Should Support Policies Voters Actually Want
Americans largely support progressive policies—despite objections from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Now is the time to pass them.
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Thursday, January 14, 2021
We found it very effective to focus on one pressing issue and bring progressive groups together. (Photo courtesy of Sheila Rawat & Elisa Devlin) Sheila Rawat, Elisa Devlin
How We Came to Build A Progressive Ground Game
After Bernie's campaign ended, we were determined to stay in the fight. We built our own structure which was key in the freedom and guidance in making our actions effective.
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Nuland and Pyatt planning regime change in Kiev. (Photo: thetruthseeker.co.uk) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland?
Nuland would be a ticking time-bomb in Biden’s State Department, waiting to sabotage his better angels much as she undermined Obama’s second-term diplomacy.
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A supporter of President Donald Trump howls inside the Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol during a deadly invasion and takeover on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
A Layman’s Guide to Spotting Sedition, Treason, and Lunacy in General
The words people speak have consequences—but maybe not what you think.
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A young boy raises his fist for a photo by a family friend during a demonstration on May 31, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Jason Pramas
We Must Defeat the Far-Right Insurrectionist Movement. Here's How
We need to mobilize like never before.
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The contradiction between ethical veganism and military service should be obvious: someone who chooses veganism out of respect for animal or human rights should seek to do no harm in all areas of their life, not just their diet. (Photo: Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier by Abir Sultan/IDF via Getty Images) Mary Miller
There's Nothing Vegan About War
As more and more people rethink their consumption of animal products, it is inevitable that the world’s military forces will increasingly use veganism to appear progressive, trendy, and virtuous. My plea to my fellow vegans: don’t fall for it.
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We have individual responsibility for how we shape our own worldviews based on the news and opinions we "ingest." (Photo: magicatwork/flickr/cc) Richard Heinberg
Insurrection, Pandemic, and Censorship
Democracy requires an informed citizenry and reliably informative media.
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Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
A Second Trump Impeachment Has Not Lessened the Current Danger
This move by House Democrat is insufficient to forestall the possibility of further Trumpist-incited violence.
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Even without the corrosive impacts of Donald Trump’s hostile diplomacy of recent years, China would pose an enormous challenge to any new administration. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Michael T. Klare
Can Biden Achieve Progress Where It Matters While Avoiding a New Cold (or Hot) War?
President Biden’s China conundrum.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The events made what should have already been obvious excruciatingly clear: every day that Trump is in office is a dangerous one for this country. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Hauser
Impeaching Trump Is Only the Beginning
Biden must rid the government of Trump holdovers wherever possible and reverse Trump’s attacks as quickly as possible.
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"Indigenous people are leading the Peoples Climate March to send one clear message to Trump: keep your fossil fuels in the ground," said Dallas Goldtooth, campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, ahead of the action. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency) Mark Hertsgaard
Trump's Attacks on Democracy Threatens Climate Survival
Only a democracy that works can defuse the climate crisis. Without that expression of grassroots democracy, the world would likely be entering the climate nightmare of four more years of Trump.
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It’s time for different tools and a different mindset. (Photo: Ploughshares Fund) Sharon Squassoni
Biden Must Retire the Illogical Great Power Competition Paradigm
There is no winning a nuclear arms race and no winning a nuclear war. The use of any nuclear weapon in conflict is a loss for humanity.
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A three-year-old child who suffers from severe acute malnutrition stands on a hospital bed shortly after being admitted to a facility in Yemen. (Photo: Giles Clarke, U.N. OCHA/Getty Images) Alexander Langlois
The Houthi Designation: Tone-Deaf Foreign Policy for a Tone-Deaf Administration
This public health crisis and the coinciding crisis surrounding basic resources constitute the humanitarian situation in Yemen today—a conflict that is completely manmade and caused by the poor decisions of non-democratic leaders in Yemen, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the United...
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United Fruit Company is no longer (it morphed into Chiquita Brands International). But the legacy of the banana republic-like ties between the United States and many countries endures. (Photo: flickr/cc) Joseph Nevins
The Irony Of Calling America A 'Banana Republic'
The history of the banana republic reminds us that the notion of the United States as a beacon of human rights and democracy is, for all too many across the globe, a lie.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP) Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson
The Day the Confederate Flag Flew in the United States Capitol
What happened in the 1850s and what happened in the present are very similar in a number of ways, though the symbol of the insurrectionist Confederate army never flew in that nation's capitol—not once—until January 6, 2021.
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"Human Rights Watch has documented that the Saudi-led coalition was using internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 16 attacks that targeted populated areas, killing scores of civilians including women and children." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) Mahad Dirieh
The Case For Course Correction in Yemen's Endless War
The crisis in Yemen is largely America's making. America needs to fix it now.
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Will we connect our various struggles, labor, environmental, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist, and unite to give humanity a chance to reverse the course toward oblivion? (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Faramarz Farbod
Let's Burn All Illusions in 2021
Expect nothing transformative from the governing class. The future depends on what We the People will choose to do.
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Palestinian girls wearing protective masks attend a graduation ceremony from the Police Academy amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Gaza City on May 7, 2020. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Covid-19 Under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians
Long after the deadly pandemic is contained, the tragedy of occupied Palestine will, sadly, continue unhindered, until the day that Israel is forced to end its military occupation of Palestine and the Palestinians.
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Customers and cashiers at a Publix supermarket in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Karen Dolan
A Winning Strategy for Joe Biden: Raise the Wage and Tax the Rich
Despite our sharp divisions, a majority of Americans are united behind many policies to combat poverty and reduce inequality.
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We Americans must reform our political system, both to ensure the basic right to vote and democratic representation. (Photo: urbantimes.co) Joseph Stiglitz
Small Tweaks Won't Be Enough to Save American Democracy
Fortunately, Joe Biden will assume the US presidency on January 20. But, as the shocking events of January 6 showed, it will take more than one person—and more than one presidential term—to overcome America’s longstanding challenges.
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Protesters gather inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
We Must Not Allow Violent Pro-Trump Insurrection to Usher in New Anti-Protest Laws
The tools we create in response to the January 6 insurrection will be used to tamp down mass protest from the left.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The next time you see a POW/MIA flag outside a federal building, don’t dismiss it as a relic of America’s past.  Think about its meaning and relevance in an era of constant global warfare and colossal military spending. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) William Astore
We're All Prisoners of War Now
When will America free itself from war?
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Cesar, 35, an asylum seeker from Nicaragua waits with his wife, Carolina, 25, (Right) and his eight-year-old son Donovan as a U.S. Customs and Border agent looks on on April 6, 2020 at the Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juaarez in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. (Photo: Paul Ratje/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images) Katrina Eiland
Biden Must Follow Through With Promise to Restore US Asylum
A reversal of Trump's asylum system is simply not enough—we must build our asylum system back better.
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Politics cannot continue as usual. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Sarah Jones
Republicans Want Clemency, and With It, a Return to the Status Quo
The public deserves something better: a true champion of the poor and vulnerable.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Biden Must Reject Trump's WTO Policy That Could Lead to "Vaccine Apartheid" in Global South
The president-elect pledged to combat racism. But he’s been mum about a racial injustice taking place on a global scale.
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Pro-Trump rioters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Joe Lowndes, Daniel Martinez HoSang
Will a More Dangerous Far Right Spring From the Corpse of Trumpism?
Deferring to the economic and political elites that have set the stage for this carnage will only the embolden the far right to continue to provide a kind of reactionary framing to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and betrayal.
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Cuban farmers work in their lands in Vinales, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on January 10, 2021. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores
The Trump Administration's Parting Outrage Against Cuba
"Perpetuating the myth that Cuba is a threat to the American people—while minimizing the threat posed by far-right extremists at home—is an embarrassment to our country on the world stage."
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump, including member of the QAnon conspiracy group Jake Angeli, aka Yellowstone Wolf (C), enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) David McWilliams
Capitol Rioters Can’t Stop the Economic Forces Undermining Their Tribe
If we fail to appreciate what's going on in the world, we will all suffer from the curse of the entitled, who rail against change rather than embracing it.
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In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Twitter's Ban on Trump Will Deepen the US Tribal Divide
This is a perfect illustration of why curbs on political speech—even of the most irresponsible kind—invariably backfire.
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Chuck Collins, Omar Ocampo
Trump's Top Ten Billionaire Enablers
Trump didn’t get here on his own. Many have enabled him, especially the billionaires who funneled money his way and then stood by as he damaged our democracy.
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As Bernie Sanders says, "The old way of thinking is what brought us Donald Trump." (Photo: Screenshot) Norman Solomon
Denouncing Republican Evils Can’t Do Much for the Biden Presidency Without Demanding Progressive Policies
The Sanders prescriptions for antidotes to right-wing poisons are absolutely correct.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Ted Lieu
We Have a Constitutional Duty To Defend Our Democracy in Making Trump the First President in History To Be Impeached Twice
For justice and to heal our nation, we need to hold those involved in the insurrection accountable. That includes the president.
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Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Jonathan Rich
The Bipartisan Neoliberal Regime Is No Alternative to Trumpism and the Far-Right
The first reason for this crisis is that the US political system is not a "democracy" at all, but rather an oligarchy run by the unchecked power of corporate bribery.
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A couple react as they go through their destroyed mobile home following the passing of hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 27, 2020. -Hurricane Laura tore off roofs and shredded buildings in the southern US state of Louisiana as it slammed into the coast early on August 27 killing at least one person, with shaken residents emerging to survey the damage. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Bill Quigley
Past Time to Remember Thousands Displaced and Left Behind by Hurricanes Laura and Delta
As 2020 ended some people were still living in tents.
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Given the growing sense of shame and disaffection in the ranks of the GOP, Trump should expect a full Senate trial in his second impeachment, in sharp contrast to the perfunctory acquittal he received in his first impeachment. (Photo: Library of Congress) Bill Blum
25th Amendment or Impeachment? The Answer: Both
The punishment would fit the crime, and he’d be stripped of unwarranted perks.
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As Covid-19 grew ever worse while 2020 ended, the stock market reached heights that hadn’t been seen before. Ever. (Photo: Scott Beale on Flickr) Nomi Prins
The Martians of Wall Street Have Invaded
As Covid-19 grew ever worse while 2020 ended, the stock market reached heights that hadn’t been seen before. Ever.
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Equipment of media crews damaged during clashes after the US President Donald Trumps supporters breached the US Capitol security in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Impeach Trump. Then Arrest Trump. Then Prosecute Him for Sedition
Unless all who participated in or abetted the attempted overthrow of the United States government are held accountable, it will happen again. Next time it may succeed.
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A protester sits in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Yes It Was Attempted by Wingnuts, But It Was a Coup Attempt Just the Same
Over 140 Republican congressmen and 8 senators joined the attempt to overturn the election even after the mob tried to kill or kidnap them.
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Sunday, January 10, 2021
In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020. Christian Christensen
Trump, Social Media and “Orwellian” Bullshit
After a relentless and unbroken 40-year fight to hand informational control and power over to a small number of corporate actors, the political right is now wetting their collective pants over Trump being banned by a privately-owned company.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP) Chuck Idelson
Confederates in the Capitol: The Re-enactment of a Lost Cause
The lesson we must learn from the crushing of Reconstruction is that escorting Trump out the door must not be the end of this story.
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Mark Schlosberg
Trump Lit the Match for an Attempted Coup, But Decades of Misinformation Supplied Fuel
The dangerous attempt at a coup of the Capitol didn't happen in a vacuum. A culture of misinformation — even from those who should know better — has played a role in distancing too many people from the realities our country faces, including climate change.
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Person holds sign reading 'Tax cuts make 1% richer 99% poor Sam Pizzigati
Our Post-Trump Democratic Prospects: What the Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us
'Good government' has always rested on equitable distributions of wealth and power.
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Police seen around Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump, the Coup, and the Collusion That Made It Possible
It will be hard to disentangle the levels of causal, moral, and legal responsibility, and harder still to repair the damage.
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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Christina Warner
How We Respond to Threats Against Democracy
The U.S. is bearing the fruit of decades of cruelty — breaking up unions, cutting public services and siphoning public resources and wealth into the hands of the very elite — also seen in Canada.
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A student takes part in a Zoom class. Steven Singer
What I Told My Students About Wednesday’s Attempted Trump Coup
The day after domestic terrorists try to steal our system of government isn’t the time to hold back.
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Members of Metro D.C. Socialists hold a Christmas morning protest asking "Santa Claus" to deliver coal to Congress, while demanding a $2,000 per month check, at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Alan MacLeod
Billionaire-Owned Media Look Out for Neediest by Demanding They Get No More Money
“How to pay for it” is the question they perennially ask when the prospect of helping ordinary people is raised.
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Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Alex Newhouse
Far-Right Activists on Social Media Telegraphed Violence Weeks in Advance of the Attack on the US Capitol
The siege was consistent with their openly expressed hopes and plans.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump protest in the Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Judy Rohrer
New “Day of Infamy,” Centuries Old White Supremacy
Were Wednesday's events really that "unbelievable"?
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. ( Ralph Nader
Can Justice Finally Overtake Trump, Its Most Defiant Fugitive?
Despite the many crimes Donald Trump regularly committed over four years, it took his blatant incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to put him on the road to prison...
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Friday, January 8, 2021
This illustration photo shows a mobile phone placed on a US flag with Tweets from US President Donald Trump masked with warnings imposed by Twitter stating that they may be incorrect, November 5, 2020 as vote counting continues to determine the winner of the presidential electionn. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images) Timothy Karr
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: Ban Trump or Face Another Mass Boycott
These powerful tech giants and their top executives must decide: Are they on the side of democracy or in favor of profiting from the spread of bigotry and lies?
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump take over stands set up for the presidential inauguration as they protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. - Thousands of Trump supporters, fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud, are flooding the nation's capital protesting the expected certification of Joe Biden's White House victory by the US Congress. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Truth About Trump’s Mob
The storming of the US Capitol by predominantly white supporters of President Donald Trump was in keeping with a long tradition of mob violence directed by white elites in the service of their own interests. The difference this time is that the rioters turned on their own.
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 Fires, deforestation, logging and mining threaten the integrity of the Amazon rainforest. (Photo: Ria Sopala / Pixabay) Tiffany Duong
Amazon Rainforest Will Collapse by 2064, New Study Predicts
The forest could lose its ability to store the world's excess carbon which helps to regulate the climate and planetary temperature.
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U.S. Pentagon. (Photo: Staff/AFP via Getty Images) Daniel Ellsberg
Will Unprovoked War With Iran Be Trump's Parting Gift to the World?
I will always regret that I did not do more to stop war with Vietnam. Now, I am calling on whistleblowers to step up and expose Trump’s plans
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Members of congress run for cover as protesters try to enter the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Dave Inder Comar
Mob Violence in the Capitol A Logical Completion to Trumpian Politics
It is no longer hyperbole to conclude that the rule of law in the United States is now under grave threat.
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US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater on January 6, 2021, in Wilmington, Delaware. - Biden on Wednesday denounced the storming of the US Capitol as an "insurrection" and demanded President Donald Trump go on television to call an end to the violent "siege." (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) John Ripton
Biden-Harris and the Progressive Movement in an Uncertain World
"A lukewarm Biden-Harris presidency—even one that eventually brings the pandemic under control—will not achieve the populist policy objectives necessary to win in 2024."
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When Trump said that the death rate from the coronavirus would be very low "if you didn’t count blue states," you didn’t resign or even criticize. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
From Mulvaney to DeVos, GOP Rats Are Deserting Trump's Sinking Ship
All the times they didn’t resign or even criticize his monstrous deeds in the last four years.
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Simon Davis-Cohen
Civil Society Groups Warn Against Anti-Protest Legislation Following Siege of US Capital
"We have to make sure this moment is not used to further anti-protest legislation."
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Thursday, January 7, 2021
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) puts on a mask during a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on April 23, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Stephen Miles
Biden and Congress Must Repeal Law Authorizing Endless Wars
As the 117th Congress prepares to get to work and President-elect Biden continues to put together his administration, it is time to repeal and replace the 2001 AUMF.
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Pro-Trump extremists storm the U.S. Capitol (Photo: Shutterstock) Walden Bello
The United States Has Entered a Frightening Weimar Era
The violent storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump extremists underlines the face of crises to come.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
As Far Right Storms Capitol, Media Need to Look at Their Own Role in How We Got Here
The media needs to take responsibility for its own role in normalizing the GOP’s long-term efforts to drag this country toward authoritarian rule—and their cynical enjoyment of the ratings bonanza provided by the enthralling spectacle of Trump’s assault on democracy.
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U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Capitol Invasion Must be the End of the Line for Trump
The inciter-in-chief has urged his suporters to destroy every vestige of democracy and truth. Only two weeks left but he's gotta go.
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Nick Turse
Will America's Forever Wars Ever Be Over?
The 20th anniversary of the war on terror arrives.
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Rioters clash with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The United States Is in a Dangerous State of Emergency
The day Donald Trump 'stood down and stood by' after inciting an insurrection.
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U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
Was Trump Hoping for a Coup?
There remain 13 potentially dangerous days before Biden is inaugurated.
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“A forest is not just a collection of living trees—it is itself alive." (Photo: jotily/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Real Change on a Living Planet
Restorative Justice, which can be used to address—and heal—harm that was been done, is part of our indigenous heritage.
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There are important global discussions about incorporating youth leadership into policy making and planning. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Jackie Smith
A Post-Election Strategy for National Unity: Focus on Future Generations
It is abundantly clear that we cannot continue to be governed by the short-termism that prioritizes ever-expanding material wealth over health and well-being.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Jones
They're Not Going Anywhere. Trump Has Created Right-Wing Beast He Cannot Control
When Biden takes the oath of office later this month, Trump’s presidency will be over. White supremacy, however, will not be.
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Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Eileen McNamara
13 More Days Is 13 Too Many. Invoke The 25th Amendment Now
Where is the Cabinet, invoking the 25th amendment to remove this deluded narcissist from office for the unprecedented threat he poses to American democracy?
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A mob supporting then-President Donald Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. Bill C. Davis
Up Against The Hard Break
Cable news an accomplice to all we have been through these past four years, up to and including January 6, 2021
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Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Pro-Trump rioters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
This Is an Insurrection Incited by Trump
This coup attempt was entirely predictable. In fact, it was predicted.
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Weissman
This Is a Dark, Dark Day for America
Trump and his enablers have generated a quasi-fascist movement that is poised to perpetuate racist street violence, conspiratorial thinking, and serious perils for a functioning democracy.
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The press must measure the Biden administration’s actions against what the science demands. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard, Andrew McCormick
With Climate Action Finally on the Table, Journalists Must Redouble Their Commitment to the Climate Story
A new year's resolution: climate journalism to match the crisis.
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 Let us enter 2021 with real yet cautious optimism. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Five Reasons for Optimism in 2021
In the coming year, we can lay the foundations for a new era of sustainable development, peace, and cooperation, though we must also be vigilant to stop the forces of greed, ignorance, and hatred from hijacking the new technologies for their ulterior purposes.
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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross listens during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Zena Wolf
Why Progressives Should Care About Biden's Pick for Commerce Secretary
The nation deserves a leader at the department who will fight for the urgent needs of people, not the desires of corporations.
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This is your democracy, America. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
The Pennsylvania Debacle Is Proof Trumpism Is Entwined With Republicanism All the Way Down
Nothing is over, to paraphrase Senator John Blutarsky, until they say it is. Which often is never.
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A Palestinian child clad in mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic stands outside a mosque upon arriving for the prayers of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday which starts at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Gaza City on May 24, 2020. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images) Ariel Gold
In Israel, Vaccine Leadership or Medical Apartheid?
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza direly need the COVID-19 vaccine.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with other House Republican leadership in Washington on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
The Republican Party and Victimhood as Ideology
Republican victimhood hijacks legitimate suffering to elevate itself into self-anointed martyrdom.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asks questions during a hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Peter Dreier
The 2024 GOP Presidential Race Has Already Begun—And It Won't Be Pretty
They all support low and regressive taxes, are hostile to social programs, oppose abortion, hate unions, and resist government regulations that protect workers, consumers, and the environment.
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A long line of cars waits at a food bank in Los Angeles in early December. (Photo: AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) Mark Weisbrot
Why Partisanship Will Increase in the Post-Trump Era
The powerful minority in the Republican Party will keep blocking the economic policies that the majority of voters wants.
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Donald Trump proved a media heaven and a living hell. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Saying Goodbye to the Con-Man-in-Chief
Demining America after The Donald.
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 On December 6, 2020, more than 6.2 million Venezuelans voted for a new National Assembly in what was Venezuela’s 25th election in the 21 years since the Bolivarian revolution began. (Photo by Cristian Hernandez / AFP/Getty Images) Alison Bodine
Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America
Throughout Latin America, poor masses, the working class and young people are rising—in response to the deepening crisis imposed upon them by U.S. imperialist domination and neo-Liberal governments.
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I don’t want to mince words. Mitch McConnell is the most duplicitous, morally bankrupt politician in America. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Defeating McConnell: The Real Stakes of the Georgia Runoffs
Mitch McConnell cares about only one thing: Power. He has single-handedly turned the Senate into a failed institution that has abandoned the American people for partisan gain.
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A woman holds a small flag during an anti-gun violence march on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, on Dec. 31. (Photo: KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Take a Stand Against Gun Violence Terrorizing Our Streets
We are killing one another in larger numbers in the midst of the national pandemic.
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People hold posters showing the portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Major General Qassem Soleimani and chant slogans during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate on January 05, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. Major General Qassem Soleimani, was killed by a U.S. drone strike outside the Baghdad Airport on January 3. Since the incident, tensions have risen across the Middle East. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Ted Snider
Israel-Linked Assassinations: How Much Is the US Really Involved?
Any remaining objection to the idea that the United States would participate in the assassination of Iranians was rendered ridiculous by the January 2020 American assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
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Everything must be done to apply concerted pressure on NWS governments. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Madelyn Hoffman, Ryan Swan
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: The Road There and the Road Ahead
For those of us who have been part of the anti-nuclear movement, this moment in history is one filled with possibilities.
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Assange earned the eternal enmity of the Democratic Party establishment by publishing 70,000 hacked emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee and senior Democratic officials. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
The Empire Is Not Done with Julian Assange
As is clear from the memoir of one of his attorneys, Michael Ratner, the ends have always justified the means for those demanding his global persecution.
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A woman holds a sign during a Latino meet and greet and literature distribution rally on December 30, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. In the lead-up to the January 5 runoff election, Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff continues to focus on early voting efforts across metro Atlanta. (Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Adelina Nicholls
If Dems Want to Win GA, Biden Needs to Step Up on Immigration
We need to hear directly from the Democratic Party leader that Democrats will take aggressive and immediate action to protect our communities.
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Monday, January 4, 2021
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks at an Augusta canvass launch block party at Robert Howard Community Center on January 04, 2021 in Hephzibah, Georgia. On the final day before the January 5th runoff election, Warnock and Ossoff, who are challenging Republican incumbent senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, respectively, made their last pitches to voters at a block party and canvass launch. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) Diane Archer, Toni Smith
To Honor the Legacy of John Lewis, Vote for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff
It's game on! Georgia voters hold the key to control of the Senate—which means they hold the key to our public health and our health care.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange during a press conference at Park Plaza Hotel on October 23, 2010 in London, England related to the "Iraq War Logs." The series released at the time included leaks of American military documents, nearly 400,000 in total, included details about how the torture and the abuse of detainees by Iraqi police, was ignored by U.S. forces. Just days earlier, it was reported that the U.S. government had filed charges under the Espionage Act for Assange's work as a journalist. (Photo: D Jonathan Cook
Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom
The labeling of dissent as mental illness cannot be seen as a victory.
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