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Sunday, April 26, 2020
A piglet looks out from its enclosure. (Photo: Kevin/flickr/cc) Zoe Weil
What We Choose to Eat Has Everything to Do With This Pandemic—and the Next One
COVID-19, the environment, and animal suffering all point to the same conclusion
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People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Guatemala City, on March 16, 2020. (Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
Trumpian Reciprocity in the Era of Covid-19
In the trumpeyed view of the world, it’s OK for the United States to send people infected with Covid-19 into other countries, but it’s not OK for people from foreign countries to enter the United States with that same infection.
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Larry Kudlow, the director of Trump's National Economic Council. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Scott Klinger
Why Are Working People Forced to Sacrifice for the Common Good But Not the Titans of Capitalism?
Why is it that lawmakers can order workers to stop working, and small business owners to lock their doors, but not order landlords, bankers, and Wall Street investors to also suspend their activities?
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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speak during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Joshua Cho
Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory
Why exactly should we trust for-profit media outlets to be impartial and have their news coverage untainted by their own business interests?
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The Black Death killed as much as half of Europe's population. (Photo: Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images) F. Douglas Stephenson
Some Medieval Towns Handled Plagues Better Than Trump's Unequal, Rundown America
Even by historical standards, the U.S. president is an abysmal failure.
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"We deserve a world without fossil fuels," writes Reich. "A world in which workers and communities thrive and our shared climate comes before industry profits." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
The Solutions to the Climate Crisis No One is Talking About
Make no mistake: the simultaneous crisis of inequality and climate is no fluke. Both are the result of decades of deliberate choices made, and policies enacted, by ultra-wealthy and powerful corporations.
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Then-Vice President Joseph Biden and then-Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers, in October 2009. (Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images) Zach Carter
Joe Biden Needs To Stay Away From Larry Summers
Everything Summers touches turns to ruin.
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President Donald J. Trump speaks with Vice President Mike Pence and members of the coronavirus task force during a briefing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Randall Amster
Don’t Drink the Snake Oil—Or the Disinfectant
In a moment like this, where some steadying force is coveted, we have this circus instead.
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Serbian army soldiers wearing gloves and face masks as preventive measures against COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus), patrol on one of the main pedestrian streets in Belgrade on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Vladimir Zivojinovic / AFP via Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
A Pandemic, the Geopolitical Struggle for Power, and the Urgency of Common Security
The pandemic teaches that we are a single interdependent species, and that militarism and xenophobic policies threaten our security and survival.
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Friday, April 24, 2020
Wearing a scarf over her mouth and nose, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is surrounded by security and staff as she arrives for her weekly news conference during the novel coronavirus pandemic at the U.S. Capitol April 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Morris Pearl
Democrats Are Insulting American People by Repeatedly Saying 'Next Time' on Real Covid-19 Relief
The challenges that millions of Americans are facing right now are real, life-threatening, and demand immediate, far-reaching action by our elected officials. It shouldn't be too much to ask that they act like it.
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A right-wing protester in Minnesota holds a sign which reads "Be like Sweden" while another called the coronavirus pandemic a "fake crisis" during an anti-lockdown demonstration in Minnesota last week. (Photo: AP) Christian Christensen
Want to Discuss Sweden and COVID19? Start By Looking Backward.
Sweden's intake of refugees—from Syrians five years ago to Somalis ten years ago—may not seem like an obvious place to start, but it is.
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AOC symbolizes integrity, the courage of her political convictions, and the kind of passionate egalitarianism that the Democratic party must nourish if it is to have a future. (Photo: Senate Democrats/flickr/cc) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Why the Democratic Party Must Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
If the Democratic leadership is serious about uniting the wings of the party for a decisive November victory, then it must recognize that AOC is a necessary part of this effort.
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Want to pay the WHO to fight pandemics and poverty around the world for a decade?  One man called Jeff could do it today and still be worth $114.5 billion as he was at the end of last year.  (Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Covid By The Numbers
Two and three-quarters of a million—that's the number of cases worldwide as of this morning.
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The U.S. Coast Guard conducts a controlled burn of oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, which exploded on April 20, 2010 and spilled 168 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.  (Photo: Justin E. Stumberg / U.S. Navy via Getty Images) Tara Lohan
Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, We’re on Course to Repeat One of Our Worst Mistakes
In the past few years, the Trump administration has signaled that it wants to vastly expand offshore drilling, including lifting drilling bans in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
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Hospitals have been strained for resources, including skilled personnel, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Getty) Gurmukteshwar Singh
I’m an Immigrant Doctor Treating COVID-19 Patients. Death Isn’t My Only Fear Right Now.
I cannot afford to die while waiting for a green card.
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PFAS do not break down in the environment and bioaccumulate in the food chain. They are associated with birth defects and developmental damage to infants, the liver, kidneys and immune system, as well as cancer risk. (Photo: Getty) Kyla Bennett
EPA Is Abandoning Those Suffering From Toxic PFAS Pollution
Even as the scientific case for regulation grows clearer and more urgent every year, the EPA under President Trump delays and obfuscates.
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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Doctors and nurses of Cuba's Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade pose with a portrait of Cuban late leader Fidel Castro as they are bid farewell before travelling to hard-hit Italy to help in the fight against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, at the Central Unit of Medical Cooperation in Havana, on March 21, 2020. (Photo: Yamil LAGE / AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
Cuba to the Rescue, But Don’t Tell the American People
As we move through this crisis, we see the tragedy of the rich superpower with its privatized, dysfunctional health care system failing its people, while its impoverished neighbor — under constant attack from the superpower — reaches out to help the world.
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In early April this year, as 22 million Americans lost their jobs and the U.S. employment rate approached 15 percent, the combined wealth of America’s billionaires had increased from March 18 by $282 billion — nearly a 10 percent increase. That’s among the findings in a new report published today by the Institute for Policy Studies, "Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers." (Image: Insitute for Policy Studies) Chuck Collins
U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surges as Covid-19 Pandemic Worsens
As percentage of wealth, billionaire taxes have fallen 79% since 1980
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People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo is working to advance strong neighborhoods with quality & affordable housing, local hiring opportunities, and economic & environmental justice. (Photo courtesy of PUSH Buffalo) Frances Moore Lappé
Climate Justice Arising—Hidden Hope in Dark Times
Despite lack of federal leadership and underappreciated by most of us, key states and cities are not only getting it, they’re getting going—plowing ahead with solutions to the climate crisis grounded in social equity.
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There is an elephant in the room, a piece of history, that we overlook yet explains this ill-preparedness: that one of the WHO’s earliest and most important rules was to avoid politics at all costs. It isn’t set up to deal with, well, you. (Photo: WHO/Twitter) Dalton Price
The WHO Has Never Wanted Your Politics
If the WHO did get political, maybe the U.S. wouldn’t have chosen corporate profit over basic human rights, because the WHO would question why the world’s richest country is unable to provide healthcare.
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When you launch an elective, aggressive war of choice, you aren’t a war president, just a war criminal. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump Failed to Vanquish Coronavirus With Hot Air, Now Wants to "Shoot Down" Tiny Iranian Skiffs
What Trump was advising would be a war crime, since Iranian boats that haven’t actually fired on or harmed US vessels have a right to be on the high seas, and interfering in that right to the point of termination with extreme prejudice is illegal.
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It’s Trump’s dream team because, to win in November, he needs an America in which the National Football League is back in business big time.  (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
Reopening Day 2020?: Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need
No Football, No Trump.
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In this photo illustration, President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Former vice president Joe Biden as Former president Barack Obama looks on at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017. (Photo:Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Some Progressives Are in Denial About Trump's Fascist Momentum
Some say preventing the re-election of Trump isn't important. That amounts to ignoring political reality, an evasion with potentially vast consequences.
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Not only does Moon now have a clear mandate domestically, the global context has changed, paving the way for him to pursue his inter-Korean peace agenda, with or without Washington’s approval. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images) Kee B. Park, Christine Ahn
South Korea Is a Model for Combatting COVID-19, It Should Now Take the Lead in Diplomacy With North Korea
Moon has all the leverage he needs to resolve a 70-year-old conflict and create a model for peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
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While Wall Street continues to hand out bonuses that dwarf the average worker’s salary, the rest of us have continued to struggle. (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Ericka Taylor
Not This Time: Watch Out for Wall Street in a Pandemic
Back during the Great Recession, we bailed out Wall Street. This time, we need to make sure the bailout is for the rest of us.
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(Photo: flickr / cc / The Accidental Photographer) Robert C. Koehler
Moral Injury and the Pandemic of Violence
People still need help for more than just COVID-19. The blowback of our wars is still with us, complicating the present moment.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Dumb, disgraceful Donald still sneers at the oncoming climate catastrophe, calling it a hoax. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Ralph Nader
Stopping Trump’s Demonic Reversals of the Long-term Benefits of the First Earth Day April 22, 1970
The omnicidal Republicans controlling the Senate support Trump’s reckless agenda regardless of the environmental harm done to their own families.
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Despite the fact that two centuries of coal mining had left our region in ruin, with entrenched poverty, toxic discharges of slurry and the region's lowest health indicators, it remained the dominant way of business and politics. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
An Earth Day After Coal: Amid All the Bad News, A Major Turning Point
Launched as a call for resistance against the primacy of corporate profits, Earth Day turns a historic corner.
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Earth Day’s laws have systematically failed to guard against mass species die-offs, the climate crisis, deadly air pollution, the corporatization of freshwater, and the largest loss of biodiversity in human history. (Photo: Bird’s eye view of wide-spread contamination in Lake Erie) Markie Miller, Crystal Jankowski
Abolish Earth Day
For 50 years, environmentalists have celebrated the illusion that the law is on their side.
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Don’t believe the Medicare-for-all fear mongering by Big Insurance and others. (Photo: Screenshot) F. Douglas Stephenson
Medicare for All: Covid-19 Shows When It Comes to Health, the Government Is Your Friend, the Private Sector Sees You as an ATM
Everyone should categorically reject fear tactics about 'Medicare for All.'
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Cooperation Humboldt is a model for ecological, economic and human sustainability. (Photo: Cooperation Humboldt) Margaret Kimberley
Cooperation Humboldt and the Solidarity Economy
Founded in 2017, Cooperation Humboldt was already incubating worker cooperatives, administering food sovereignty programs, advocating for public banking and participatory budgeting, and exploring housing cooperatives, an arts hub, and eco-villages—all before the pandemic arrived in the U.S.
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People take part in a protest for "Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine" at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 15, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Alex Kotch
Groups Aligned with Right-Wing Megadonors Are Promoting Coronavirus Protests
The DeVos-funded Mackinac Center promoted the Michigan protest, named "Operation Gridlock." Another organizer of the protest, Michigan Conservatives, is led by Meshawn Maddock, an adviser to Trump's presidential campaign.
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The five biggest U.S. airlines spent 96 percent of their free cash flow over the last decade buying back shares of their own stock to boost executive bonuses and please wealthy investors. (Photo: Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Corporate Welfare During Covid-19 Pandemic Is Morally Repugnant
Here’s the bottom line: no mega-corporation deserves a cent of bailout money.
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TOTAL refinery, Port Arthur, Texas. (Photo: Hilton Kelley, / cc) Lois Marie Gibbs
The EPA Just Gave Polluters A License To Kill
Today the EPA acknowledges more than 40,000 communities across the United States are dangerously polluted with toxic chemicals, from rural areas to major cities like Birmingham and Detroit.
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Jessica Thomas, Roxbury Liaison for Mayor Marty Walsh, is silhouetted as she leaves City Hall to drive her speaker truck through Roxbury and surrounding areas broadcasting information to help residents stay safe in multiple languages during the COVID-19 epidemic in Boston on April 19, 2020. (Photo by Blake Nissen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Madeleine Bair
A Public-Health Crisis Demands Equitable Local News
During an emergency, trustworthy information is paramount, and inequitable access is deadly.
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In CorporateWorld, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That's why the corporate greed system will only be fixed when we outsiders impose real change on these incurably greed-headed insiders. Jim Hightower
The Deadly Economic Disease Behind COVID-19
The severity and gross disparity of our country's present economic collapse is not simply caused by a sudden viral outbreak but by a severe, decadeslong plutocratic policy of intentionally maximizing profits for the rich and minimizing everyone else's well-being.
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Earth Day, the first one and all of its 50 anniversaries remain days of hope. (Photo: Sanmonku) Jon Hinck
My Earth Day
We still need to demonstrate that we can rebuild the economy in a way that preserves life on this blue planet. Earth Day+50 is the time to do that.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
As we struggle to emerge from today’s tragic pandemic, more and more Americans are understanding that healing our sick, corrupt political system is the vital key to a healthy and peaceful future.(Photo: Daily Express) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?
A political system that is structurally incapable of acting for the common good, even when millions of lives are at stake, is not just failing to solve our problems. It is the problem.
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Prisons and jails are virtual petri dishes for the virus. Social distancing is impossible. Soap and water are often not available. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Coronavirus Has Made Incarceration a Potential Death Sentence
Prisons should be a priority for supplies, for tests, and for early release of as many inmates as possible, particularly the elderly and the vulnerable.
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Republican street theater, maybe even (or perhaps especially) when it threatens public safety or human decency, works like catnip to the mainstream media, who invariably trot out their prefabricated clichés about "economic anxiety." (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Another Republican "Grassroots" Movement Hijacks the Media
Protests against COVID-19 restrictions, like the Tea Party protests, are corporate fronts.
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The -$36.63 price for a barrel of oil is already probably overly optimistic. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
US Oil "Technically Worthless," and Coal Plants Shuttered, as a Tidal Wave of Bankruptcies Looms
The oil companies are likely looking at multi-billion-dollar tort lawsuits because they hid the dangers of the climate emergency and even actively muddied the waters by funding denialism.
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It took a few days for this latest unpresidential derangement syndrome to seem like it was working itself out, so that by Thursday Bubo-in-Chief was punting the decision back to governors as his transformation of America into the Houston Astrodome circa 2005 pivoted to fresher scapegoats. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite) Pierre Tristam
American Carnage: How Donald Trump Is Killing Us
Arrogance and chaos define the federal response to the pandemic.
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The dual crises of pandemic and inequality are revealing ever more clearly how the descent into poverty is helping to destroy American society from the inside out. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
Inequality and the Coronavirus
Or how to destroy American society from the top down.
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President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Bill Barr, speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Live from Planet Television, Donald Trump – Every Night!
Deprived of rallies to inflate his ego, the president muscles in on sickness and death.
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Critics of the “frugal” northern EU governments point out some striking disparities. Photo: Getty Images) Yanis Varoufakis
Solidarity Is Not What Europe Needs
As the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe worsened, the leaders of nine eurozone countries called for the issuance of “coronabonds” to help spread more evenly the additional debt governments would incur as they struggled to replace disappearing private incomes. But while the idea is sound, it was doomed...
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Monday, April 20, 2020
Right now, working people in the United States face the agonizing choice of going to jobs, if they still have jobs, or becoming destitute. (Photo: James Barragan / Facebook / cc) Miles Mogulescu
Trump's Reelection Strategy: Pit Workers Against Democrats
Will blaming the Democrats for economic hardship caused by the pandemic that he himself mishandled help Trump again squeak out a narrow electoral college victory?
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Severe delays in making coronavirus testing widely available has led the U.S. to drastically undercount the number of deaths from the coronavirus, public health experts say. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care
Cobra Is Not Enough! Congress Must Expand Medicare Coverage to Everyone for Duration of Coronavirus Crisis
Big problems demand big solutions: Congress Must Expand Medicare Coverage to Everyone in America for the Duration of the Crisis.
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Fauci has become a familiar figure standing beside Donald Trump at media briefings, never openly contradicting him but subtly trying to steer him away from his worst ideas. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) Gwynne Dyer
Time for Fauci to Quit?
If Fauci hangs in there and stresses the inevitability of a second wave of deaths closer to election time if the lockdowns end prematurely, he might just manage to steer Trump away from this cliff.
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HTML tags will be transformed to conform to HTML standards. Harvey Wasserman
How YOU Can Dump Trump
Neither the human race, nor American democracy, nor the US economy will survive more of this. Our further existence as a species depends on you.
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For him, governing is nothing but a performance. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
Strange Attractors: On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences
(Un)Reality TV, 2020-Style.
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To many around the world, we appear dangerously disoriented, eager to spend mind-boggling amounts of money to fight distant and half-imagined military threat, but not so interested in saving lives here and now.  (Photo: Shutterstock) Stephen Kinzer
Our Response to the Coronavirus Demonstrates How Far America Has Careened Off Track
We can’t make the masks we need, but we pour billions into an unnecessary military build-up.
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I wish one of the extremely rich, white men physically close to Trump at his daily pep rally would turn to him on camera and say “No. You’re a president, not a king, you’re a crook and a phony and a moron, too mean and stupid to be allowed to destroy the nation we love.” Heather Mallick
Why are Americans So Servile to a Clown President?
Titles are very important to Americans. So is paperwork.
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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Students and environmental activists participate in a climate strike in Los Angeles, California on May 24, 2019. Amy Merrill
Lessons From COVID-19 to Address the Climate Crisis
Perhaps the COVID-19 experience will wake us to our capacity to demand changes of ourselves, our communities, and local, state, and federal governments.
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 6, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Jim Hightower
Coronavirus and Small Government Sociopathy
As the devastating impact of Trump's inaction becomes clear, Americans are discovering a hidden socialist streak.
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planet Earth Carlos Davidson
Finding Hope in Dark Times While Avoiding Environmentalists' Mistakes of the Past
Post pandemic we will need to fight for a green and just recovery that brings together addressing climate change and caring for those hurt by the crisis.
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President Donald Trump stops to talk to reporters and members of the media as he walks from the Oval Office to board Marine One and depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Christopher Brauchli
Trump the Snake Oil Salesman
Trump began touting the virtues of drugs to combat the coronavirus about which he knew no more than the hawkers of snake oil in the latter part of the 19th century.
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President Donald Trump meets with Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Eric Margolis
Lies Won't Stop COVID-19
In Trumpistan, none of the sycophants and yes-men around the president, except for the admirable Dr. Fauci, dared contradict the Great White Father.
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U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Vice President Mike Pence Joel Wendland-Liu
Trump's Anti-Chinese Racist Campaign Strategy Mobilizes Right-Wing Extremists
The move is part of a broader Trump campaign strategy in the run-up to the November presidential elections.
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Medicare for All Rani Marx & James G. Kahn
COVID-19 and the Myth of 'Choice' in American Healthcare
The insidious root of the problem is that healthcare as a market commodity simply does not work, and we've known this for decades.
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Saturday, April 18, 2020
People take part in a protest for "Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine" at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 15, 2020. Juan Cole
'Unhinged' Trump Calls on His Mussolini-Style Black Shirts to Attack Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia
Given the tensions in the country and the real possibility of violence, Trump's tweets rise to the level of shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.
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President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Cynthia Kaufman & Carlos Davidson
Rethinking Freedom, Government, and Expertise in the Time of COVID-19
A misplaced fear of government action and a lack of trust in science have tragically weakened the U.S. response to the pandemic.
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Staff and volunteers with Project C.U.R.E hold a drive outside the United Center to collect donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the community which will be used to supply hospitals and clinics that are experiencing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 29, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Richard Wolff
Learning From Coronavirus: We Can't Rely on Capitalism to Serve Our Most Basic Social Needs
It was not profitable for private capitalists within the medical-industrial complexes of modern capitalism to produce or stockpile the medical supplies needed to properly manage a viral pandemic.
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. Robert P. Alvarez
The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Protect the 2020 Election
We need no-excuse absentee voting now—and that's the bare minimum.
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Magic Kingdom Hamilton Nolan
Furloughed Disney Workers "Can't Wait" For Help, But Florida's Unemployment System Is Broken
"Nobody can do anything. Nobody can apply. The system is crashed."
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Ralph Nader
Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives Be on the Job Providing Essential Services?
Some lawmakers want a remote Congress so they can remain AWOL and pretend to deal with the many crises remotely.
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The Uber phone app is shown as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Stisa Granick
Apple and Google Announced a Coronavirus Tracking System. How Worried Should We Be?
A well-designed tool could offer public health benefit, but a poorly designed one could pose unnecessary and significant risks to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
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Friday, April 17, 2020
Daniel Berrigan at Cornell University circa 1970 in Ithaca, New York. (Photo: PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) Brian Terrell
COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
The pandemic has brought home what the threats of global destruction by climate change and nuclear war should have long ago—that the promises of normalcy will never deliver in the end.
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One of the reasons the Trump administration might be so unhappy with the WHO is that it works with ALL countries, including those that are not allies of the United States. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) Ariel Gold
De-Funding the World Health Organization: Unethical, Cruel, and Dangerous for the World
COVID-19 has shown just how deeply interconnected people are. Now is precisely the time to be increasing global cooperation, not cutting funding to the WHO.
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The United States does have a huge domestic market, so it can see shutdowns in certain segments and still likely get by without severe shortages, but smaller countries absolutely need diverse sources. (Photo: Johannes Eisle/AFP/Getty Images) Dean Baker
It’s the End of the World Economy as We Know It, Just Like the Great Recession
The issue here is not the importance of the dollar, but rather the reluctance of other major economic powers to directly challenge U.S. policy.
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Kinja indigenous people during a ceremony in the Waimiri-Atroari Reserve in 2019. (Photo: Bruno Kelly/Amazônia Real. Creative Commons) Shanna Hanbury
Indigenous Group Wins Unprecedented Right of Reply to Bolsonaro’s Racist Invective
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered government websites to post a letter from the Kinja indigenous people for 30 days as part of their right to respond to racist rhetoric from the president's administration.
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Even before the coronavirus crisis upended our economy and sent millions all at once into unemployment, student loan debt threatened the economic security of every borrower.(Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Remington A. Gregg
Canceling Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It Makes Economic Sense
Forty-five million Americans hold a whopping $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Eight million of those individuals have defaulted on their loans.
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There is no longer the slightest doubt in any sane person’s mind that not only are the GOP’s fundamentalist-extremist religious allies a death cult disguised as 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organizations.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
The GOP Has Become a Death Cult
American conservatism—the so-called "culture of life"—worships annihilation.
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They tend to think of you as a prime example of the Goldman Sachs wing of the Democratic Party, always considering what the Fortune 500 point of view might be before staking out your position. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
So, Joe Biden, Here’s the Deal
Might the current Covid-19 situation make you think that the U.S. needed to immediately adopt some form of universal health insurance?
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America, too, will live on. But it will have lost some further measure of its greatness thanks in no small part to the man who, however cynically, wanted to make it great again. John Feffer
Living in Dystopia
"The future has arrived, it’s just not evenly distributed yet."
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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Governments and corporations should be held accountable for the inequalities they have perpetuated and that are decisive in who lives or dies, and how many. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Tamara Pearson
The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises Is Wrecking Poor Countries
Along with measures like rent freezes and guaranteeing workers’ rights, really addressing a global pandemic involves public health planning that cross borders and confronting global inequality and the climate crisis.
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Emphasizing COVID-19’s Asian origins during a pandemic undermines the obligations we have towards our fellow citizens. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) Shahid Mahmood
I Am Not a Virus
"Less than 0.001% of Chinese people have coronavirus, yet more than 99.999% have already experienced coronaracism."
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Red sign hanging at the glass door of a shop says, "Closed due to coronavirus." (Photo: Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
In the Last Four Weeks, More Than 20 Million Workers Applied for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Congress has the power to dramatically mitigate the suffering associated with the coronavirus shock, and they have an obligation to exercise it.
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If neoliberalism was already on life support, then the coronavirus has administered the lethal blow. (Photo: Lan Hongguang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images) Laurie Macfarlane
A Spectre Is Haunting the West–the Spectre of Authoritarian Capitalism
From coronavirus to climate change, China is surging ahead of the US and its allies. Are we witnessing the slow death of liberal capitalism?
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The US’s employer-based healthcare system is exceptionally vulnerable and incapable of addressing a pandemic, because enforcing the economic shutdown required by quarantine causes massive spikes in unemployment, which then lead to further drops in healthcare coverage, and further compound the problem in a vicious circle. (Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) Joshua Cho
Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Corporate Media From Crusading Against Universal Healthcare
It’s vital that media do everything they can to press the government and inform citizens about a system that can deliver the healthcare we need when we have never needed it more.
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As physicians and health practitioners we have warned for decades about the existential threats of nuclear war and climate change and vulnerability to global pandemics. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Robert Dodge
Budgets Are Moral Documents: Nuclear Weapons Funding and COVID-19 Response
We are one interconnected human family on this planet and at long last, it is time to recognize this fact. The cessation of funding and elimination of nuclear weapons would be a good-faith step in recognizing this reality.
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"It’s hard not to conclude that the American government’s national security priorities have been so askew of reality that they left the country dramatically unprepared for an acute threat to millions of its people." (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
War, Irony and the New Normal
The world devotes $2 trillion annually to war and armaments, all in the name of keeping itself safe. This is insanity beyond comprehension.
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More than 25 nurses at @UChicagoMed @IngallsHealth took action to protest the lack of N95 respirators, and the fact that nurses are being forced to work in the ER without proper training. We will ALWAYS fight for the safety of our patients and our communities! Jeremy Brecher
"Make the Damn Masks!"
There have been at least 45 walkouts for coronavirus protection already and there is growing talk of a nationwide strike to force the government to act.
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An intensive care nurse treat a patient at intensive care unit at the Klinikum Bad Hersfeld hospital on March 20, 2020 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) John Buell
Ventilators: Even Equal Access Leaves Vital Questions
Covid-19 is dangerous enough—we must not let our fear of this virus strip us of our abilities to ask crucial questions, even in these very unnerving times.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders shake hands ahead of the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Bernie's Pivot for Biden Might Not Be Pleasant, But Trump Must Be Defeated
If anyone thinks it doesn't matter much whether Trump is re-elected, they're living in some kind of bubble.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Empty drug store shelves in Phoenix, Arizona shortly after quarantine measures were announced. (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
I Take Hydroxychloroquine. Please Don't Hoard It.
To prevent hoarding and protect public health, we need to move towards universal care and lower-cost drugs.
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Whoever wins the presidency, the millions of people who voted and worked for Bernie Sanders will need to plow their energies and talents into creating serious political pressure to win gains for climate action, health care access, people power, workers’ rights, corporate accountability, and much more.  (Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Beyond Bernie: The Next Challenge for Progressives
Once the mourning is over, we must build on his campaign and turn this movement into greater leverage and power.
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Facing Our Other Crises With Lessons From COVID-19
As we prepare to bring our economies back from their pause, it is time to work hard for a just and green recovery. We have the resources, the scientific and technical knowledge, and the proven policies for all of us to live well.
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A scientific staff member works in a secure laboratory, researching the coronavirus, at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar on February 3, 2020. (Photo:Seyllou / AFP / Getty images) Aminata Touré
Africa Is Relying on its Own Forces in Fight Against Covid-19
The African Union must, more than ever, reinforce the scientific cooperation among its member states in order to insure our common health sovereignty.
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Littoral combat ship USS Detroit off the coast of Venezuela. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores
Threatening Military Intervention in Venezuela During a Pandemic?
With cities in Venezuela under lockdown and the country struggling to address a looming public health crisis and yet another economic shock, it is clear that the Trump administration sees a new opportunity to exercise "maximum pressure" to try to achieve regime change.
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Sanders’s “Not Me, Us” message has already taken root, both in movement spaces and electorally. (Photo: Getty Images) Lexi McMenamin
Bernie’s Campaign Suspension Shows How Far We Have to Go
The movements that drove the Sanders campaign are still fighting for a better world.
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"In 2008, the banks were too big to fail, so we moved quickly to bail them out," writes Dr. Goldstein. "Now, in the face of the largest public health crisis we’ve seen in a century, the American hospital system is too important to fail." (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robbie Goldstein
US Hospitals Are Sick With COVID-19. Here's the Treatment.
Moving towards a Medicare for All healthcare system will not just stem the financial losses that hospitals are now experiencing, but will ensure that we are prioritizing care and equity in our healthcare system.
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Residents line up outside a medicine shop in Indian-administered Kashmir. (Photo: Bilal Hussain) Bilal Hussain
Fighting Covid-19—And Repression—in Kashmir
The Indian government’s repression of doctors and restrictions on the Internet could make the pandemic far deadlier in the formerly autonomous region.
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. The polling place was set up to offer drive-up voting where residents voted from their vehicles but it offered one outdoor voting booth for residents who walked to the polling place. The extreme measures were put in place to make the process safer for residents and election officials as the state continues its shelter-in-place order to help curtail the sp Ruth Conniff
Democracy Wins in Wisconsin
Republicans fail in their effort to win Supreme Court seat by putting lives at risk.
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This is not leadership. This is the exact opposite of leadership. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response
At every point, Trump has used this crisis to compliment himself.
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Douglas Medina
Working-Class Students Doing Double Duty During Coronavirus
CUNY students struggling to complete their current courses under stressful conditions, while also working to provide for themselves and their families, exemplify preexisting inequities that the unprecedented pandemic have only amplified.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden tries to calm his supporters as demonstrators disrupt his rally at Renaissance High School on March 9, 2020 in Detroit on the eve of Michigan's primary election. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Promise and the Peril of the Millennial Left
On the value of demands and the pitfalls of ultimatums.
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Data collection and processing must be transparent, and individuals should be clearly informed about the purpose of data collection and how long their data will be retained.(Photo: Blogtrepreneur/flickr/cc) Emily Peterson-Cassin
Even During a Pandemic, Digital Privacy Matters
We do not have to become a data dystopia. But we must act quickly to stop the coronavirus from turning us into one.
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past presidents and congresses have failed for decades to mobilize the resources and make the wrenching changes needed to end the virus of white racism, and finally create an equal playing field for all in America.  (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Coronavirus Illustrates Our Failure to Create a Fair Society
African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to die because we bear the pre-existing condition known as race.
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Medicare is much more efficient than private insurance and cannot deny care to those who need it the most. (Photo: Screenshot) F. Douglas Stephenson
1 Out of 5 Americans Need Mental Health Care But Are Denied It—Yet Another Reason for Medicare for All
Our mental health care system needs to get private health insurance out of it.
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For weeks now, Trump has been seizing on the Covid-19 crisis gripping the nation and the world as an opportunity to snag free air time. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
There’s No Reason to Turn Airtime Over to Trump’s Deceptive Coronavirus Campaign Rallies
If the powerful are spreading life-threatening lies, do not freely give them a huge platform to reach more people with those lies.
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