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Friday, September 27, 2019
Making the connection between the environment, nuclear war, peace and the survival of our world is critical. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Robert Dodge
Hope and Necessity This International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
There cannot be peace on the planet without peace with the planet.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joins fellow House Democrats to mark 200 days since they passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act with a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following the release of a whistle-blower complaint about abuse of power, the House Democratic leadership announced this week that it is launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Slow Down. The Case for a Deliberate and Focused Impeachment Inquiry
Three reasons why it would be a mistake for House Democrats to rush the investigation into the president
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Trevor Timm
Trump’s Ukraine Scandal Shows Why Whistleblowers Are So Vital to Democracy
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have consistently demonized people who share information with the press and public.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
 Today the US military support for Saudi Arabia is connected to the US fossil fuel industry’s determination to control access to the world’s oil. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
10 Ways That the Climate Crisis and Militarism Are Intertwined
To free up billions of Pentagon dollars for investing in critical environmental projects and to eliminate the environmental havoc of war, movements for a livable, peaceful planet need to put "ending war" at the top of the "must do" list.
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Supporters rally for universal health care in Chicago. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
No One Should Have to Bargain for Health Care
As the GM strike shows, employers use their workers’ health as a bargaining chip. Medicare for All would end that.
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Thomas Neuburger
Bernie Sanders, Medical Debt, and the Proposal for a Public Credit Agency
Families that are in trouble due to medical debt are in trouble now , and the relief they need is also now . This plan offers it.
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Trump relishes the role of an underdog, persecuted by the powerful. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home
Trump has been enlisting foreign leaders in his fight against the U.S. state. Is impeachment a moral necessity or political trap?
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Trump went on to withhold $250 million in military aid from Ukraine, which Congress appropriated, and many suspect the suspension of aid was a way of pressuring Zelensky to look into Hunter Biden. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Annals of Impeachment: From Nixon’s "Smoking Gun" Tape to Trump Zelensky Summary
Trump and his cronies are so far gone that they actually thought that staffers’ summary of his July conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky would exonerate him. Instead, it has so many Nixonian smoking guns that it single-handedly provoked a smog alert on Capitol Hill.
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Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R) and incumbent U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) share a moment during a mock swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
That the former vice president could say such a thing about his successor—who has loyally served as Trump's highest-ranking henchman—illuminates a lot about Biden's style and his substance.
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry today after allegations that President Donald Trump sought to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate leading Democratic presidential contender, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, which was the subject of a reported whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Ima John Atcheson
In the End, Trump Left Pelosi No Choice on Impeachment
If we must impeach, we must target the fundamental nature of the crimes, not the criminal.
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 "There can be good lives for all people if we abandon the goal of infinite energy growth. Our guiding principle needs to be that the only form of truly clean energy is less energy." (Photo: Bryan Minear/Unsplash) Robert C. Koehler
Climate Change and Consciousness Shift
Perhaps it takes a climate crisis to get us to understand that our home is the whole planet and we’re all in this as one.
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The rights of nature represents necessary legal and cultural shifts in which we understand ourselves as part of nature, and not, as Colombia’s Constitutional Court explained, "a ruler of nature." (Photo: Jim Liestman/Flickr/cc) Mari Margil
Legal Rights of the Natural World: Beyond Personhood
By becoming a bearer of rights, nature is now being thrust into the murky realm of legal personhood.
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Two children drinking water outdoors. An estimated 110 million Americans are potentially exposed to PFAS through drinking water. (Photo: Shutterstock) Michael Green
Trump Threatens to Veto First-Ever Congressional Action on "Forever Chemicals"
PFAS are "forever chemicals": They take thousands of years to break down—and can remain in our bodies for decades.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) answers questions on the potential of impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. McConnell refused to answer hypothetical questions on the impeachment topic, but did indicate he was not provided a reason by the Trump administration for financial aid being withheld from Ukraine. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Lisa Gilbert
Impeach Trump? Yes. But Don't Forget Complicity of McConnell and GOP
The party's silence makes it partly responsible for the fact that at the helm of the country is a corrupt and craven want-to-be autocrat who tramples the Constitution on a regular basis.
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Impeachment supporters rally outside the White House. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
The Case for Impeachment Goes Way Beyond Ukraine
Democrats need to take Trump’s crimes against people and the planet as seriously as those against Joe Biden.
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Attorney General William Barr in the Oval Office. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/White House) Charles P. Pierce
Trump's Ukraine Call 'Not-a-Transcript' Proves This Is 'Stupid Watergate'
The Trumpists release a non-transcript that is nonetheless incriminating—for the president, for his attorney general, and for Rudy Giuliani.
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An impassioned and blunt speech by Greta Thunberg urged world leaders to finally understand the urgency of our climate emergency. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) Andy Rowell
Big Polluters Respond to Greta’s Climate Call With "Woefully Short" Ambition
Most leaders still pledge climate action out of one side of their mouth and continue investing in fossil fuels out of the other.
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New polling from Data for Progress shows that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are united in their support for policies that would radically restructure the current system. (Photo: Floris Van Cauwelaert/flickr/cc) Nancy J. Altman, Sean McElwee
You Might Be Surprised at How Far Americans Are Willing to Go to Overthrow the Power of Big Pharma
No industry is more unpopular than the pharmaceutical industry.
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Last Friday, as four million young people marched in the world’s capitals for action on climate, countless more were on the picket line supporting autoworkers who are out on strike. (Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Climate Strike/Auto Strike: Same Struggle, Same Fight
We want a future, a future we can live in, in a society that values people and planet, now and coming up.
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Storytelling of people’s experiences is especially useful: It shifts the discourse from one that identifies migrants as threats to one that sees migrants as fellow humans; it replaces racist rhetoric with empathy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Julia Paley
The End of Asylum?
Trump’s asylum ban and kangaroo tent courts threaten to destroy a pillar of international humanitarian law. What can we do?
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United Auto Workers members picket outside of General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Workers Are Asking, Whose Side Are You On?
Auto workers, nurses, pilots, hotel workers—they’re all going on strike. Trump boasts about the "economic miracle," but most workers aren’t experiencing it.
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Is anyone benefiting in Trump’s economy? The wealthy and corporations have never had it this good. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
Trump's Economy Leaves Working People Behind. Here Are the Receipts.
The next time Trump and his enablers boast about the economy to distract from the damage they’re really doing to America, know the truth.
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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. - Amid mounting allegations of abuse of power by the US president, Pelosi announced the start of the inquiry in the House of Representatives, the first step in a process that could ultimately lead to Trump's removal from office. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Two Cheers—Not Three—for Pelosi's Speech on Impeachment
This is serious progress, but it remains to be seen whether the House Democrats now have a real political strategy for impeachment.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Through the Mueller investigation, President Trump should have learned the legal risks of seeking foreign support for his election efforts. Instead, he seems only to have learned that he can get away with it. (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Paul Seamus Ryan
The "Quid" Is a Crime: No Need to Prove "Pro Quo" in Ukrainegate
Americans have long prided themselves on a belief that no one is above our nation’s laws. President Trump seems determined to prove us wrong.
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Trump spent most of the day at an event on religious discrimination, held in a basement room and not attended by many world leaders but appreciated by American evangelists. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Evelyn Leopold
How Serious People Planned to Avert Climate Catastrophe at the UN (While Trump Hung Out in the Basement)
The Trump administration has leapt back into the 19th century, canceling as many fuel emission policies as possible and rolling back more than 80 environmental rules and regulations.
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The majority of civilians who are violently killed in Afghanistan are now violently killed by the U.S. and its partners—and that’s not for a lack of competition, with the Taliban answering record-high airstrikes with atrocity after atrocity of their own. (Photo: Shutterstock) Charles Davis
Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Like racist mass murders at home, drone attacks killing dozens of civilians at a time are only possible because of a culture of dehumanization.
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In my 20 years working inside the industry and the 11 years I’ve been watching from the outside, I have never seen such high support among the people who get their coverage through their employers for switching to a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Wendell Potter
Why the Private Health Insurance Industry Faces an Existential Crisis
A former health insurance executive says the moment the insurance industry fears most has arrived.
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Even with the billions and billions of dollars spent, the new technologies, the smart walls (and dumb ones), the checkpoints and biometric ID devices, borders can always be subverted with some grassroots organizing, a little luck, and a joyful spirit.  (Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Border Patrol/Flickr) Todd Miller
Trapped in an Empire of Borders: The American Homeland Is the Planet
The U.S. border is much bigger than you think (and don’t just blame Donald Trump).
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The industrial food system only exists today because of the support it gets from governments which march in lockstep with corporate lobbyists. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) GRAIN
Step Aside Agribusiness, It's Time for Real Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Big food and agribusiness companies are desperate to portray themselves as part of the solution to the climate crisis. But there is no way to reconcile what's needed to heal our planet with their unflinching commitment to growth.
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Gantz (pictured above) had recently boasted about sending "parts of Gaza back to the Stone Age." (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine
For Gantz, war is the answer, as indicated by one of his campaign slogans, "Only the strong survive."
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Most of the torture techniques approved by the Bush administration—which included the interrupted drowning technique known as “waterboarding,” sleep, sensory and food deprivation, shackling in excruciating “stress positions,” the use of loud music and dogs to torment detainees, slamming into walls, solitary confinement, exposure to extreme heat or cold and sexual humiliation—are illegal under both domestic and international law. (Photo: Getty) Brett Wilkins
Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post
Billingslea’s nomination has alarmed human rights advocates due to his unapologetic embrace of torturing suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush administration.
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Julie Hollar
What Corporate Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She’s Not Bernie Sanders
Why has Warren—who has positioned herself as Bernie Sanders’ closest ideological competitor, and a vocal crusader against corporate control over the political system—so far escaped the scathing and skeptical coverage Sanders has received?
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Flanked by other House Democrats, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) speaks as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Why on Earth Is Nancy Pelosi Protecting Donald Trump?
The House Speaker is directly, and personally, undermining the role of Congress as the sole institution of government designed to hold to account a corrupt, inept, and destructive executive.
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Monday, September 23, 2019
President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats)
Biden's disingenuousness is no match for Trump
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The concept of conserving energy is an age-old philosophy embodied in use of the word “reduce.” Those who only see the horrible potential of climate change have an unfortunate tendency to mimic the behavior of climate change deniers as they themselves deny the dangers of alternative energy sources. (Photo: TLPOSCHARSKY/Flickr/cc) Don Fitz
What Is Energy Denial?
Our guiding principle needs to be that the only form of truly clean energy is less energy.
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From left, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calf., Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Jeff Hauser, Max Moran
Why Are House Democrats Afraid to Wield Their Subpoena Power?
Make no mistake: Democratic cowardice toward oversight has real, "kitchen-table" consequences for voters.
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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (2nd L) looks at opposition member Javier Bertucci during the signing of the dialogue agreement between the government and the opposition in Caracas on September 18, 2019. (Photo: Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
Dialogue in Venezuela Another Missed Opportunity for Democrats
Instead of aiding and abetting Trump's disastrous policy, the Democrats need to challenge it, and the most obvious candidate to do so is Bernie Sanders.
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A supporter of the former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva holds a flag during a national strike protest called by unions and students against the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pension reform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images) Celso Amorim
Five Hundred Days of Injustice: On the Imprisonment of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
For normalcy to return to Brazil and for hope to be recovered, Lula's freedom—along with annulment of the faulty process by which he was condemned—is essential.
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The Squad does not agree with Nancy Pelosi about Democratic vulnerability in 2020, and thinks there will be an even bigger blue wave than in 2018, which will sweep conservatives from power and shift the country left. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) Juan Cole
The Squad Was Right About Trump Impeachment
"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior—it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it."
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden works the grill at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Seventeen of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and more than 12,000 of their supporters made an appearance at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
Will Joe Biden Be a Rerun of 2016 Tragedy?
As a throwback to the Clintonite 1990s, Biden says he feels the pain of victims but won’t name many villains. That approach no longer works—and actually plays into the hands of demagogues like Trump.
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The Obama administration further shattered the Greater Middle East and beyond through a string of military interventions. (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters) Danny Sjursen
Just When I Thought Endless War Couldn't Get Any Worse…
A veteran in a world of never-ending wars and improvised explosive devices.
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Patti Lynn, Nnimmo Bassey, & Lidy Nacpil
Want Real Climate Ambition? Keep Polluting Industries Out and Make Them Pay.
The industries that have fueled this crisis should have no part in dictating the solutions—rather, they should be made to pay to address the massive damages they have caused and to finance real solutions to the crisis.
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The ruling elites and the corporations they serve are the principal obstacles to change. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
We must organize to replace existing structures of power with ones capable of coping with the crisis before us.
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Sunday, September 22, 2019
María José Carmona
Stress, Overwork, and Insecurity are Driving the Invisible Workplace Accident Rate
The pressure to work faster and longer is making work more dangerous for diverse jobs, from delivery drivers to home care workers.
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Juan Cole
Bribery and High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Did Trump finally go full impeachable in Ukraine calls?
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Christian Christensen
The US Just Killed 30 Innocent People in Afghanistan. Let's Pretend It Was London.
What if the victims of last week's U.S. drone strike had lived somewhere other than Afghanistan?
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Jessica Garraway
A Real Extinction Rebellion Means the End of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Capitalism
"Our goal is to get 3.5 percent of the population mobilized. It's time to stop thinking about our target audience as middle class white people. Those who are already fighting are the most likely to join us in mass."
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Tom Valovic
Google Becomes Evil
Why is the tech giant censoring alternative web sites?
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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Ryan Cooper
The Rise of the Entitled Millennial Politician
"Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with young people running for office... But simply being young does not mean one has access to the fountain of all wisdom. One must also have good political views."
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Sarah Jones
Yoga Teachers Are Unionizing to Heal the Wellness Industry
"You're in the wellness industry, your job is about health, and yet your own health is not supported or guaranteed in any way."
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Savannah Kinsey
Fighting for Healthcare in America's Forgotten Towns
"Life expectancy in my Western Pennsylvania town is on its way down. But there’s hope—if we fight harmful myths about poverty."
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Eleanore Catolico
Why Detroit Could Be the Engine for the Green New Deal
The city exhibits all of the problems the framework is meant to heal.
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Randall Amster
Youth Trumps Fossils
"Perhaps these youths don't have all the answers, but they're asking the right questions. How much more evidence do we need before taking action?"
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Friday, September 20, 2019
The worst tragedy is that companies get to make millions attacking indigenous people and burning down vital ecosystems. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson
Who’s Burning the Amazon?
The fires are no accident. They’re set by people turning a profit in a grocery store near you.
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Dipti Bhatnagar
We Have a Decision to Make. Change the System or Face Climate Catastrophe
We have a choice between a better world that will be climate-just , or a world of injustice, suffering, and species collapse.
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) met with press on Thursday Sept. 19, 2019 to announce that she would be introducing a House Resolution in support of teaching climate change in schools. (Photo: Bill Bigelow
Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for Climate Education in All Schools
“We need to teach every young person the human impacts of climate change and how to combat the climate crisis before it is too late.”
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In recent years, as the American-led coalition has closed down bases in advance of a prospective U.S. military withdrawal, more and more Afghans have died or been injured by military waste exploding in abandoned areas once used by international security forces as firing ranges. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Stephanie Savell
The Saddest Story of All: The Imperial Debris of War
Why ending the Afghan War won’t end the killing.
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Students protest in front of the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was part of the global climate strike in March, when students around the world demanded that elected officials take action on climate change. (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images) Stephanie Van Hook
Beyond Coping: How to Find the Strength to Take on Climate Change
Our emotional energy can be a source of power.
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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center in orange shirt, participates in a youth climate strike outside the United Nations on Aug. 30 in New York City. Thunberg was also in town to address the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
It's Time to Strike for the Climate
Not only is the cost of inaction going to be astronomical, but so is the cost to the human race, in terms of livelihoods, homes, environments and lives.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., attend a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center with House and Senate Democrats on a report which they say shows that prescription drug prices have risen under President Trump on May 10, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Dana Brown
Pelosi Plan Not Good Enough: Lower Drug Prices Now Through a Pharmaceutical Public Option
There has never been more momentum or more public outrage on drug pricing and issues of corporate excess in the pharmaceutical sector. The people deserve—and are demanding—much something much better.
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Participants of a demonstration clap their hands and write the Icelandic "Hu". The demonstrators follow the call of the movement Fridays for Future and want to fight for more climate protection. They want to support the calls for strikes and protests all over the world. (Photo: Patrick Seeger/dpa/Getty Images) Rachel Sarah
To the Adults Who Are Striking Today for the Future, Thank You
Today is the day we must stand up for all generations.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019
How do Democrats envision making the leap from fearfully refusing to sponsor a climate debate to the next President of the United States suddenly being positioned to rally an entire nation to get behind a World War II-scale national climate mobilization? (Photo by mdgovpics/Flickr) Tom Weis
Another Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez: How Are Democrats Going to Contain the Climate Worldfire If They Won’t Even Hold a Climate Debate?
Either the Democratic Party is committed to mobilizing America to "address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II" or it isn't.
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Movements are the great sign of hope. (Photo: YES! illustration by Fran Murphy) Shannan Stoll
Where Bill McKibben Finds Hope Amid the Climate Crisis
The environmental activist says surviving an existential threat like climate change requires honesty—and hope.
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Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing September 18, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Thunberg, who recently sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-carbon emissions sailboat, is in Washington to discuss the climate crisis with lawmakers and will speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Greta Tells Congress to #UniteBehindtheScience
On Friday tens of millions of people around the world will participate in a climate strike, demanding action on the issue and an end to the use of fossil fuels.
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For some species, climate impacts are not as direct but all living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems (Photo: Jenny Lee Silver via Flickr) David Suzuki, Rachel Plotkin
Connecting the Dots Between the Climate and Biodiversity Crises
The polar bear has become the poster child for climate change impacts in the Arctic. Sea ice, which the bears depend on for hunting, is melting at an ever-expanding rate.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Here We Go Again: Neoliberal Centrists Are Anointing One of Their Own—and It Could Cost Us
Running a candidate who will advocate policies that are embraced by the elite are done in the interests of the oligarchy is literally the only path that leads to a Trump victory in 2020.
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As wealth continues to concentrate at the top, the extremely wealthy are using it shut out students who are already hundreds of steps behind on the road to success—all to give the already affluent another boost along the way. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America
Low-income parents risk jail for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the poor out.
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Schools should be community hubs that prepare people for the skills we will need going forward to live through climate change. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images) Jessica Garraway, David Boenke
Teachers Should Join the Student Strikes
Students are striking for a future—educators should join them.
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The wave of climate strikes led by young people has other parts of society joining in and following their lead - trade unions, human rights organisations and others. (Photo: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Jenny Ricks
Led By Our Youth, the Climate Narrative Has Changed
The lack of meaningful and radical action from our governments, the denial of the existence of a climate crisis, the monied interests that drive our overconsumption and reliance on fossil fuels are all trying to prevent radical and effective solutions to the climate emergency—these are the usual...
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Charter schools are a scheme to eliminate the public from public education paid for at public expense. (Photo: The Progressive) Steven Singer
Charter Schools Were Never a Good Idea. They Were a Corporate Plot All Along
The concept always was about privatizing schools to make money.
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Has the upcoming generation taken it upon itself to save the planet? Is a transnational human unity beginning to create itself? (Photo: Sanmonku) Robert C. Koehler
Bad News to a Sick and Miserable-Looking Earth: "I'm Afraid You Have Humans."
Has sanity—and by sanity, I mean hope—finally emerged as a counterforce to the impenetrable status quo of fossil fuel consumption, capitalism and nationalism?
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Ralph Nader
25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections
Everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. It will produce far less anxiety, dread, and fear. Can you hear that, Congress and the White House?
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It is a parody of democracy that allows such irresponsible and corrupt gluttons to make globally important decisions. (Photo: Shutterstock) Tamara Pearson
The Climate Crisis Means the Wrong People Are Running the World
There is no democracy when you can't do anything about the companies polluting your rivers and air. The unbridled power of the big corporations is despotic.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
"No matter how cynical you might be about propagandistic American media, you are not prepared for how much watching this trailer is like snorting 100% pure John Bolton." (Photo: Screenshot) Joe Emersberger
Reuters’ Can’t Find US Critics to Question Amazon’s Anti-Venezuela Propaganda
This technique not only invisibilizes principled US-based dissent from Washington’s aggression, but also associates anti-war and anti-imperial views with governments it has helped Washington vilify. This is not limited to Venezuela.
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Shahid Buttar is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has faced little opposition since being elected in 1987. (Photo: Shahid Buttar for Congress) Michael Sainato
2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
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As tensions mount in the Gulf, the daily news about other dire consequences of our oil addiction continue to be reported apace. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Americans Want Action on Climate; Not War Over Oil With Iran
Rather than being exposed to the volatility of the oil markets and Middle Eastern politics, we could all insulate our selves by ushering in a new era of decentralized renewable energy as part of an international Green New Deal.
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Rev. John Dear
Over 3300 Actions This Week with Campaign Nonviolence
It’s about time for all of us to step to the plate the way Gandhi and Tutu and so many other heroes and peace leaders have before us.
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The only hope for sensible gun regulation is to challenge the corruption represented by the NRA by nonviolent demonstrations and action, enlisting the overwhelming majority of Americans in a movement for change.  (Photo: ©supattra ngorkcharoen/Dreamstime.com) Jesse Jackson
Can America Break Its Gun Addiction?
Other nations savaged by civil war or outside invasion may suffer greater casualties in a conflict, but we have made violence—and victims of violence—routine.
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While Palestinian-Israelis inside Israel can vote in this election, the some 5 million Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank are kept stateless and have no vote. (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Palestinian-Israeli Joint List Gains Seats, as Netanyahu’s Demonization Backfires
Netanyahu is always going on about how anyone who opposes his colonization of the Palestinian West Bank is a racist bigot, but there really is no greater racist bigot than he.
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An image grab taken from a video made available by al-Huthi Media Office on September 18, 2019 shows what they say are satellite images of before (R) and after last week's attack on Saudi Aramco's oil fields. Yemen's Iranian-backed Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for last week's oil installation attacks, which took out half the Kingdom's production, although Washington and Riyadh have roundly rejected the claim and blamed Iran instead. (Photo: Al-Huthi Group Media Office / AFP) (Photo credit should read Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
If Congress successfully reclaims its constitutional authority over the US role in this conflict, it could be a critical turning point in ending the state of permanent war that the U.S. has inflicted on itself and the world since 2001.
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A General Motors worker holds a picket sign after United Auto Workers Local 440 workers joined a national labor strike against GM in Bedford, Indiana on 9/16/2019. Sarah Lahm
GM Just Took Away Our Insurance, But It Can't Stop Our Strike
"We are damn mad. They have abused our trust, especially when unions are under attack in our country right now."
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The Supreme Court recently ruled it has no power to intervene when states use partisan gerrymandering to draw these maps, saying it is an issue for state legislatures and state courts. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power
Despite the fact that Republicans continually receive fewer raw votes in national elections, they could regain control of the House through gerrymandering.
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One is that the longstanding refusal of most members of the U.S. political elite (officials, legislators, think-tankers, corporate media, and so on) to even mention the fact of Israel’s own nuclear-weapons capabilities and to take full account of them in public discussions of strategic matters in the Middle East is extremely harmful. (Photo: Avi Ohayun/Israeli govt/cc/flickr) Helena Cobban
The Emperor’s New-Old Nuclear Clothes
Israel wants to keep leaders in Washington distracted and always a little off-balance, so they will end up without the bandwidth and the stamina needed to confront Israel over the continuation of colonial expansion in the lands occupied in 1967.
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Isn't time for parents and adults to "misbehave," walk out of our offices and join our kids in the streets for the crisis of our times? (Photo: Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
Parents, Time to Misbehave and Climate Strike With Your Kids
Our kids get it: While schools and parents wring their hands and debate over issuing "excused absences" for missed classes, they have ignored the fact that the surge of carbon emissions last year increasingly renders a bleak future.
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Fighting for a future: Young protesters at the Global Climate Strike in London on March 15, 2019. (Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr) Reynard Loki
Global Climate Strike: Kids Are Demanding Action, But Will Adults Act?
There’s growing frustration, particularly among the world’s youth, with how adults have so horribly mismanaged the climate crisis.
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One in four Americans with chronic illnesses say they are forced to skip filling prescriptions regularly due to cost. (Photo: StockMonkeys.com) Fran Quigley
Removing the Profit From Our Pills: The Case for a Public Pharma System
The American people are ready to extract the profit from our pills, and this new report shows us how to do it.
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If the U.S. cannot defeat the likes of second- and third- and fourth-rate military powers like Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, does it really want to start a war with the strategic ally of the #2 and #3 nuclear powers in the world? (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) Robert Freeman
Conflict With Iran Portends World War III
The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. It is, quite possibly, life-and-death for the planet.
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U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
The Uncertain and Dangerous Interregnum: World Peace and the Post-Cold War Era
On geostrategic dynamics and a vision for Eurasian common security diplomacy
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
President Donald Trump brandishes a graphic during an Oval Office briefing on the status of Hurricane Dorian in Washington, D.C. on September 4, 2019. (Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Harriet Feinberg
Why Trump Can’t Learn: An Educated Guess by a Veteran Teacher
Dyslexia may explain a lot about the twisted behavior of the president.
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The purpose of TFS, like all colonial purposes is economic: to sell the carbon sequestered by indigenous trees. (Photo: Creative Commons) Alberto Saldamando, Jim Walsh
Expanding Carbon Offsets Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis or Protect Tropical Forests
Rather than expanding California’s failing cap-and-trade program to include tropical forest offsets, the state should scrap it altogether and require polluting companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the source.
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IHP Climate Change Program Students volunteer, making art for Climate Strikes.  (Photo: Peter Menchini) David Solnit
Climate Strikes to the Green New Deal: Arts Organizing to Protect the Planet
"We need more than dire warnings about the future. We need artists to create images of the better and more beautiful world we want to build."
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When citizens blind themselves to a news organization’s corporate entanglements, and trust the outlet to be truthful anyway, it is, to put it mildly, extraordinarily naïve. (Photo: CBInsights) Alison Rose Levy
The Incredible Belief That Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content
Given that "90% of the United States' media is controlled by five media conglomerates," the top executive at many news outfits is likely the CEO of a multinational corporation.
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 Here's what we know from modern U.S. history, writes Lofgren: "The elites failed at every level." (Photo: David Eulitt/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Are We the People Unfit for Democracy?
Maybe we are wired for authoritarianism—but the present crisis has another cause.
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On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century Is a Ploy and Annexation Is the New Reality
Israeli leaders are facing little or no hindrance whatsoever as they finalize their complete colonization of all Palestinian land.
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 Even though the having the infamous Watchlist declared unconstitutional can be seen as a significant win for the Muslim American community, the remedy requested by the Plaintiffs is narrow and is unlikely to affect the many other policies that target Muslims. (Photo: Getty) Maha Hilal
Admitting the Terrorism Watchlist Was Unconstitutional is Important, But Not Nearly Enough
We must acknowledge the totality of the U.S.' collateral damage, from those subject to extra scrutiny at airports to those being bombed in their home countries for nothing more than adhering to Islam.
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In this photo taken on May 1, 2019 shows environmental campaigners holding a protest against the development of the India-backed Adani coal mine at the entrance of Abbot Point port near the Queensland state town of Bowen, where the commodity will be shipped. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Jensen
The Danger of Inspiration: A Review of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
Naomi Klein's new book is essential reading, but does it go far enough in confronting the grim realities we truly face?
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From Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro to the CEOs of all those fossil-fuel companies, we’re still left with the pyromaniacs largely in charge. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
On the Precipice: The Collective Asteroid of Human History
Blind to our future fate and that of our children and grandchildren, humanity has been installing in power leaders who are the literal raw material for ensuring that the collective asteroid of human history will indeed be delivered.
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A much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes. (Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn't Felicity Huffman's $15,000
While bribing your child’s way into an elite college is pretty bad, it pales in comparison with the millions of dollars in bribes paid every hour in America at the federal and state level so billionaires and big corporations can get the laws they want.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been at war against Yemen since 2015. It is a ghastly war, a reckless war, one for which there is no end in sight. Trump wants advice on how to deal with Iran from the architect of that war—Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) Vijay Prashad
Only the Coalition of the Foolish Wants a War With Iran
If you want to identify the most reckless powers in our world today, look no further than Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.
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Then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios December 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The 'Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War
The current Democratic frontrunner did everything he could to enable the Iraq war, and—still—takes no responsibility for doing so.
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