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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
A scene from "Sorry We Missed You," a film by Ken Loach based on the play by Paul Laverty. (Photo: Zeitgeist Films) Chuck Collins
A Film Recommendation in Stay-at-Home Times: 'Sorry We Missed You'
A very good flick to watch during a pandemic about one family's struggle in the gig economy.
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HTML tags will be transformed to conform to HTML standards. David Nibert
Now Is the Time to End the Oppression of Nonhuman Animals
At this tragic moment in history, circumstances are crying out for policies and legislation that will rapidly promote the development of a global, plant-based food system.
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Matt Hart, beverage director at Harvard Gardens, helps to distribute bagged lunches to Massachusetts General Hospital employees in Boston on April 1, 2020. The restaurant has offered help by providing free lunches for medical professionals. (Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe/Getty Images) Amy Hanauer
History, Economic Justice, and COVID-19
After an era of right-wing ascendance—and staring at the carnage of this ongoing pandemic—we must make sure the pendulum swings swiftly toward a more equitable future and a better society for all .
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In some sense, President Trump has been exhibiting the sort of detachment from reality that American presidents and other officials did less openly in the Vietnam years.  And for this president, Covid-19 could indeed prove to be the disease version of a Vietnam War. (Photo: Getty) Tom Engelhardt
Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?
Could a post-coronavirus planet be one on which the U.S. military and the national security state were no longer the sinkholes for endless trillions of taxpayer dollars that could have been spent so much more fruitfully elsewhere?
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In this photo illustration a postcard from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began arriving in the mailboxes of United States households. On the reverse of the postcard its printed "President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America", detailing hygiene and distancing protocols Americans are asked to follow. (Photo: Toby Scott/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Michael Winship
As Coronavirus Rages On, Trump Junks Your Mail and Attacks the Postal Service
Distracted by the disease, we’re being conned by a White House intent on using contagion to disrupt democracy.
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Monday, April 13, 2020
Trump said that he never saw these reports and memos. I believe Trump on this. He is an absentee president, other than for his rallies, reality TV "briefings," and golf games. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Why the US Has the World's Highest Number of Covid-19 Deaths
Unlike China, which turned to its public health experts, Trump turned to Vice President Mike Pence and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Thousands of Americans are dying unnecessarily as a result and we are still far from any coherent national plan.
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There is some hope of bipartisan potential for Jayapal’s plan. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
Jayapal Proposes Layoff Prevention Plan as the Fed Expands Corporate Aid With No Employment Strings
We could avoid a return to Great Depression-era unemployment rates if we follow European models and tie business assistance to preserving jobs.
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Central to the program should be a tax that limits the further accumulation—that is, hoarding—of wealth by the billionaire class. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Bob Lord, Chuck Collins
Taxes Paid By Billionaires Decreased 79 Percent Since 1980, as Percentage of Their Wealth
As we emerge from this pandemic, substantial tax increases are inevitable. Central to the program should be a tax that limits the hoarding of wealth by the billionaire class.
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The pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of our current system of worker protections. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Celine McNicholas
Congress Should Immediately Pass Legislation Protecting Workers' Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Enough is enough. Workers are risking their lives every day to provide the services we have deemed to be essential.
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Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Tim Koechlin
Trump and the GOP Don't Care About Your Grandchildren
In the grand cost/benefit analysis, one more fatally ill low wage worker of color doesn't count. Zero. That’s a price that Trump and his capitalist buddies are willing to pay.
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"We are paying far too high a price for his impulse to cater to his self-interest and not the public interest," writes Green. "Trump must get out, whether by the 25th amendment, resignation, or defeat." (Image: Public Citizen/CD/CC BY 3.0) Mark Green
This Fake President Must Resign
Even if he wanted to, Donald Trump simply lacks the tools to do the job.
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This millennium has wired us into a pervasive system of individuated connection, making it a perfect precursor to the requisite high-tech sequestration at hand. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Apocalypse On-Demand
Is this societal demise, or technological ascent?
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Nationalism will only make a global pandemic worse. We are all in this together, and our foreign policies should reflect that. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Khury Petersen-Smith
How Wars, Sanctions, and Militarism Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse
As we take steps to control the virus, these devastating U.S. foreign policies need to be immediately reversed.
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No one knows just how bad things could get, how many people will succumb to Covid-19, or what heights the jobless rate will reach, but of this much we can be certain: the virus’s wave hasn’t crested yet and may not for weeks, or even months. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Rajan Menon
Living on a Pandemic Planet: The Ultimate Stress Test
The American world that Covid-19 reveals.
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Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and heads up the Trump administration’s Covid-19 task force. (Photo: CNN) Juan Cole
If Trump Fires Dr. Fauci and Installs a Barr-Like Toady, Whatever Will Become of Us?
Trump is perfectly capable of installing some suck-up crony as head of the coronavirus task force, someone who would be all right with declaring the pandemic over.
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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Ramzy Baroud
A Palestinian Guide to Surviving a Quarantine: On Faith, Humor, and 'Dutch Candy'
Currently in Gaza, the quarantine has a different name. We call it "siege," also known as "blockade."
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Rachel M. Cohen
The Last Stimulus Ignored Climate. Activists Are Determined That Won't Happen in the Next One.
Bruised from the CARES Act, environmental organizations are planning next steps.
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Tina Grandinetti, Laurel Mei-Singh
Cancel RIMPAC, Protect Hawai'i
Bullets and bombs are useless against viruses. This pandemic reveals that our mutual survival depends on fostering an ethos of solidarity.
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César Chelala
The Promising Cuba/US Cooperation on Cancer
"The wonderful thing about working with our Cuban colleagues is that they really believe, in their heart of hearts, that medical care is a human right."
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Lisa Gilbert, Bartlett Naylor
Only Oversight of Oversight Will Keep Profiteers From Siphoning Stimulus Money Into Their Own Wallets
Just how much money is in the CARES Act? At $1 per second, it would take 60,000 years to hand it all out.
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Juan Cole
Burning Fossil Fuels Made Coronavirus Death Rate Worse, and Kills 200K Americans Per Year, Not to Mention Global Heating
Clean air is not just a beautiful thing. It is necessary for our health.
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Saturday, April 11, 2020
Karyn Strickler
Biden Must Become the Climate-Commander-in-Chief
Given the climate emergency, the difference between a candidate who is good enough on the issue and one who is great, could be the difference between a livable planet and not.
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Sam Pizzigati
If the Rich Trust in Hydroxychloroquine, Should We?
In deeply unequal societies, figuring out who to believe will always be a challenge.
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump and the Mask
With Easter off the table, the trump attention shifted to another festive time of year to which he always looked forward—Halloween!
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Jeremy Richardson
Reminder to Congress: The Coal Industry Trade Association Doesn't Give a Damn About Its Workers
Congress must ignore NMA's greedy request to be relieved of its collective responsibility to coal workers and the environment.
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Nozomi Hayase
Assange's Extradition: Incarceration in the Time of Covid-19 Threatens His Life
In the COVID-19 emergency, the prosecution of Julian Assange is aggressing further.
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Bill Blum
Will Trump Be Held Accountable for the Blood on His Hands?
Establishing the President's civil or criminal liability will be a tough sell, but not impossible.
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Friday, April 10, 2020
Then, when the pandemic is over, let’s insist that the U.S. honor the UN Charter’s prohibition against the threat or use of force, which wise American leaders drafted and signed in 1945, and start living at peace with all our neighbors around the world. (Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity
If we can give up war during a pandemic, why can’t we just give it up altogether? In which devastated country would you like the U.S. to start fighting and killing again when the pandemic is over? Afghanistan? Yemen? Somalia? Or would you prefer a brand new U.S. war against Iran, Venezuela or...
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Even before COVID-19, domestic violence was already a global emergency. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) Lisa Davis, Yifat Susskind
As the Virus Unleashes Violence, Women in War-torn Countries Organize
We need a global plan to address the predictable rise in gender-based violence that COVID-19 is triggering.
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The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28, 2011 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images) Harvey Wasserman
Terrified Atomic Workers Warn That the COVID-19 Pandemic May Threaten Nuclear Reactor Disaster
Nuclear safety cannot be shortchanged—especially in the midst of an outbreak like what the nation is now experiencing.
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Pompeo rode his ample funding from the political action committee of the billionaire Koch brothers straight to the Hill. So linked was he to those fraternal right-wing energy tycoons and so protective of their interests that he was dubbed "the congressman from Koch." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Trump's Own Military "West Point Mafia"
"Courage never quits"?: The price of power and West Point’s class of 1986.
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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. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Bill Moyers
Republicans Admit They Lose When Elections are Fair and Free
Veteran journalist talks with Ratf**ked author David Daley, whose reporting and advocacy on gerrymandering and voting rights have fired up a generation of activists fighting for free and fair elections.
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If the Trudeau government seems unable to break out of its subservience to the marketplace, some in the labour movement are showing more vision. (Photo: Oregon National Guard/Flickr) Linda McQuaig
Ottawa Should Produce Vital Products—Like It Did in the Second World War
In recent decades, Canada has increasingly bought into an ideology that celebrates the marketplace and denigrates government.
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Social distancing advisories in Washington, DC (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
Why Did Our Permanent Emergency Government Fail to Face the Emergency?
When history finally conducts an autopsy into this horrendous pandemic, the national security state that failed to protect us cannot emerge unscathed.
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Since Covid-19 has been tearing through Iran, the US state has not eased up its assault. (Photo: Medea Benjamin) Gregory Shupak
As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way
The best way to comprehensively remedy the inordinate harm the Iran sanctions do, it seems, would be to lift the sanctions, but few in the corporate media are making this rather obvious point.
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The Wisconsin Experiment was a farce and a travesty. But those voters represent the fortitude and the long line we all need to join to preserve democracy. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Reuters) Derrick Z. Jackson
The Election Travesty in Wisconsin Is A Wake-up Call for the Nation
It shows we need a doubling and tripling of our efforts to assure free and fair elections, with online registration, mail-in voting options, and safe in-person voting procedures across the country.
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Coronavirus crisis volunteer Rhiannon Navin greets local residents arriving to a food distribution center at the WestCop community center on March 18, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Is America a Backward Nation? South Korea has US Equivalent of 1,311 Coronavirus Deaths as We Hit 16,000
The US is increasingly like a Third World country, with an isolated, coddled class of super-wealthy at the top, a crumbling scientific infrastructure, and a wasteland of plastic strip malls and 2 dollar an hour wait staff.
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Senator Bernie Sanders during an interview with the editorial board of The New York Times in February, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/NYT) Laura Flanders
Thank You, Bernie Sanders. Screw You, New York Times.
In the Times ' world, it’s apparently ok to bemoan a society and an economy that privileges the rich over the poor, but it’s unacceptable to run for the presidency on a promise to reverse those priorities.
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Thursday, April 9, 2020
 As a trained healthcare worker, I could be helping with COVID-19 response efforts. Instead, I am fighting for my life.  (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Tatalu Helen Dada
A Mother in ICE Detention Pleads for Her Life
No one deserves to die from COVID-19 because of government abuse and indifference. The government has a duty to adequately and humanely care for those it has taken and detained.
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Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Kevin Martin
Ventilators Not Bombs, Humanitarian Aid Not Sanctions, Cooperation Not Regime Change
The pandemic has shown how unsustainable our economy is, particularly continuing to forego investment in our human, physical and environmental infrastructure to feed a voracious war machine.
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If cities, states, and the federal government can choose to release prisoners due to COVID-19, what does that tell us about the purpose and meaning of imprisonment? (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Zoe Weil
What COVID-19 Reveals About Incarceration and How We Can Transform the Prison System
We are being offered an opportunity to carefully examine a destructive, expensive, punitive system and transform it into one that could be just, restorative, and good for individuals and society as a whole.
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New Yorkers make some noise to show appreciation to healthcare workers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Manhattan, New York City, United States on April 8, 2020. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Richard Heinberg
Pandemic Response Requires Post-Growth Economic Thinking
The end of growth is painful. We had a foretaste of it in 2008, but the current crisis promises to be much worse.
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People watch the arrival of the USNS Comfort Ship on March 30, 2020 in New York as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey. The naval hospital has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms. The Comfort will not treat Covid-19 patients. (Photo by Kena Betancur/ VIEWpress via Getty Images)  Hamilton Nolan
The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die
Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital.
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If conditions are this cruel now, imagine what it will be like as climate change accelerates. (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Cruel Immigration Policies Make the Pandemic Worse
Warehousing people in unsanitary conditions and then deporting them to poor countries is a recipe for contagion.
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"You have inspired and galvanized a new generation of young Americans," Reich writes to Sanders. "You have made it possible for America to live up to its ideals. Your courage and determination have made me and countless others proud." (Image: Marketworld) Robert Reich
Dear Bernie: Thank You.
May your voice, your indignation, and your moral clarity ring out for years to come.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to Iowa voters at the Ames City Auditorium on January 25, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Post-Sanders: Dealing with Biden, the DNC, and the Rest of It
With the heat of the Sanders campaign apparently a thing of the past, we will have a lot of time to appreciate just how far we have come in such a relatively short period, as well as to figure out how all of this will work in the future.
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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 from the community. The equipment will be used to supply hospitals and clinics that are experiencing shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 29, 2020, in Chicago. (PHOTO BY SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES) Ruth Terry
12 Ways Communities Are Taking Care of Each Other During the Pandemic
The efforts range from a Slack chat community connecting people around the world to suggestions about what to do with your stimulus check.
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A street vendor's cart in lower Manhattan, March 18, 2020. (Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/PA.) Mariano Aguirre
The Impact of COVID-19 Is All Down to Inequality
Coronavirus must change the neoliberal rationale, and rescue the social contract between the welfare state and the market economy that can plan to prevent the crises to come.
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My hope is that we are at the dawn of a revolution of awareness. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
What World Shall We Create?
From the war on terror to the war on crime to the war on weeds, we have failed.
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Postal workers are rising to the challenge of a crisis unlike any we’ve ever experienced. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Trump: Postal Workers Don’t Deserve a Financial Lifeline
Trump and leaders in Congress must immediately fill the gap in the stimulus bill with direct relief on the scale needed to save our public Postal Service and the many businesses and families that depend on it.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Bernie’s Decision: Retreat Should Not Be Confused with Surrender
In these important battles we wage, we will often lose—but we must not give up.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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) Bernie Sanders
We Cannot Rely on Trump. Congress Must Lead the Way in This Unprecedented Crisis
The American people deserve and require leadership from Washington amid this horrific pandemic and economic meltdown
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It has never been about whether the US could afford a progressive program; it has always been about whether the elite wanted to or were forced to fund it. It is an issue of political will, apparently, not economic means. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Dan Brook
How Are We Going to Pay for It?
We will either have democratic socialism or we will continue to socialize suffering.
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Our weak public health, education, child care, and unemployment benefits, among other things, left the nation one crisis away from bringing down the entire economy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Anneliese Lederer
A Trillion in Prevention
Our economy was never as strong for working people as the numbers made it look. As we prepare to spend trillions on this crisis, let’s invest in changing that.
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This election was a sham. It will cost votes—and lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Wisconsin's Unconscionable Sham
The state’s election was a danger to public health and a democratic travesty—all to help Republicans suppress more votes.
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To protect profits, the private health insurance industry and their Congressional supporters continue strongly opposing Medicare for All.  (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) F. Douglas Stephenson
Coronavirus and Medicare for All: Our Crisis Comes From Gov’t Putting Profit over Public Health
Join the majority of Americans who support improved Medicare for all.
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Medical personnel talk at a drive-thru Coronavirus COVID-19 testing station at West Jefferson Medical Centeron March 17, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. West Jefferson Medical Center has opened a drive-thru Coronavirus test station where patients who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus can be referred by a physician to be tested. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Bill Quigley
7 Very Disturbing Facts About COVID-19 in Louisiana
One of the nation's hotspots is suffering severely from the outbreak.
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The one certainty is that the most vulnerable and excluded members of society will suffer the worst consequences, as with all economic crises. (Photo: Giacomo Carra on Unsplash) Adam Parsons
Will Covid-19 Spur a Peoples’ Bailout for the World’s Poorest?
The question is whether Covid-19 will awaken us to the stark inequalities of our world, or does it simply represent a new cause of impoverishment for the vast swathes of humanity who have long been disregarded by the public’s conscience?
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The Let My People Go campaign is a Jewish-led bond fund effort organized by New Sanctuary, Never Again Action, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, intended to free as many immigrant detainees as possible. (Image: Let My People Go Campaign) Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
This Passover, Let’s Free Them All
It is incumbent upon us to amplify the cries of imprisoned immigrants with our own voices.
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To have a People's government, we must build it. (Photo: julian meehan/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
To Have a People's Government, We the People Must Build It
This is not just a one-time, resist-and-dump Trump campaign we're undertaking but the mobilization of a long-term grassroots movement to reject the systemic corporate takeover of our elections and government at every level.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Venezuelan soldiers prepare for war… against COVID-19. (Photo: Twitter @Planifica_Fanb) Leonardo Flores
The U.S. Should Fight COVID, Not Venezuela
The implications of this should be evident: Venezuela has a substantial population that will resist any invasion or coup.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a New Year's Eve campaign event on December 31, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of many democratic presidential campaigns will be on Iowa in the coming weeks before the caucus on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Alan Minsky
Stay in the race Bernie Sanders. America needs you now more than ever.
Progressive Democrats of America calls upon Senator Bernie Sanders to continue his presidential campaign until the end of the 2020 primary season.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) John Nichols
Wisconsin Democrats Chose Public Health and Democracy, Republicans Chose Chaos
GOP lawmakers in our state threw tantrums at a point when everyone else was working to save lives, keep people healthy, stabilize the economy and preserve democracy. And the judicial activists on the high court sided with these legislative charlatans.
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In times like this it is nice to have someone by your side. Someone to check-up on you. Someone to workout with. Someone to sing and dance with. (Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images) Karyn Strickler
A Birthday in the Time of Pandemic
What are the chances that nature itself may be revitalized as human dominance diminished?
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"Inadequate PPE (personal protective equipment) for health care workers is just one injustice in our inequitable health care system," writes Sririam.  (Image: Masks for America) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
Health Care Workers Need You to Be our Heroes. Here’s How.
Yes, health care workers have a sense of duty. And yes, us doctors are driven by the Hippocratic oath. But none of us want to be martyrs. When we speak out publicly about the lack of PPE, we are calling attention to a public health crisis compounding the catastrophes of COVID-19.
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"In the age of #MeToo many people still question why survivors waver and hesitate in coming forward with their assaults," writes Zenkus. "Imagine the additional pressure a survivor feels when an abuser holds a position of authority, is well known, and is among the politically powerful." (Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT) Anthony Zenkus
The Inconvenient Truth of Rape
Yes, we are in the middle of a contentious primary season and a presidential election with much on the line. And, yes, allegations of sexual assault or rape against the current leader in the Democratic primaries are inconvenient. But rape is even more inconvenient.
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In unsettling ways, the crisis is working for him as previously untenable policy options are becoming essential to curtailing the coronavirus. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Karen Greenberg
While Rome Burns, Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted
A victory parade in the coronavirus moment.
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How policymakers respond now will determine the level of pain working families experience and the speed at which the economy can get back on track after the shutdown period is over. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Josh Bivens, Celine McNicholas
What a 'Phase Four' Stimulus Package Must Provide
This bill must be passed quickly and must be sufficient in scope and magnitude to address the severity of the economic and public health crisis we are experiencing.
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"The next wave of infrastructure spending cannot be business as usual," Poole writes. "The Green Stimulus plan offers a necessary framework for getting this right." Isaiah J. Poole
Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus: Why We Must Organize Before Congress Acts
Even without a Donald Trump in the White House, we know from past experience what an infrastructure bill coming out of Congress would look like absent overwhelming grassroots pressure.
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According to the Post, it’s Sanders, not Biden who benefitted from the elections being held under the threat of the coronavirus. (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images) Pete Tucker
To Stop Bernie Sanders, WaPo Willing to Risk Americans’ Lives
Sanders is subjected to Post attacks, while his rival—who, like the Post, opposes Medicare for All—receives decidedly different treatment.
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A "mystery" note from the Vice President of the United States to the author. (Photo: Courtesy of Michael Winship) Michael Winship
Lost in the Mail in the Coronavirus Era
The pandemic threatens letter carriers, their customers, the US Postal Service itself – and even the November election.
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A woman leaves the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building after not being able to cast her ballot at the already closed drop-off site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 6, 2020. - National Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections on April 7, 2020 despite the coronavirus epidemic. Wisconsin, like dozens of other US states, is under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the v Jeff Milchen
Dying to Vote in Wisconsin (And a Warning for November)
Those of us who value democracy need to stop solely playing defense against the endless array of vote suppression tactics devised by Republicans.
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Monday, April 6, 2020
If Democrats want to win, they should be planning how, in the wake of COVID-19, to address the challenges they face in order to ensure that even in a “virtual convention” there is full participation that respects all wings of the party and builds unity. (Photo: Shutterstock) James Zogby
The Political Toll of COVID-19
The supporters of Bernie Sanders will not accept being silenced or stage-managed out of existence.
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The measures currently being imposed are unprecedented in their global scale and restrictions on liberties. (Photo: Jonathan McIntosh/cc/flickr) Edin Omanovic
The Surveillance Industry Won’t Save Us From Crises
Turning to the security industry isn’t the solution: it’s a symptom of the problem.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Should Bernie Drop Out or Stay In? Wait, There’s Another Choice.
The most selfless thing Bernie can do now is not to leave the race, but stay in it.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Jenice Robinson
Returning to the Economic Status Quo After COVID-19 Crisis Should Not Be an Option
A growing contingent of grassroots advocates are raising their voices , demanding change, and telling our elected officials that the challenges working families face are deeply ingrained and must be addressed .
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Covid-19, the coronavirus sickening and killing unprecedented numbers of people around the world, has caused the US government to rethink its position with regard to the massive workforce that grows and harvests the nation’s food. (Photo via salud-america.org) Danica Jorden
"Essential" Immigrant Farmworkers Struggle to Feed Themselves During Coronavirus
Immigrant farmworkers have long been essential to the United States. But they have never been recognized, respected or properly rewarded for their labour.
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Republicans are invested in business and religion, and science is often inconvenient for both if they are pursued in a fundamentalist way. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Juan Cole
Why America’s Anti-Science and Anti-Intellectual Attitudes Doom It to Coronavirus "Pearl Harbor"
When people let their ideologies overrule reason, they are digging their own graves.
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Excruciating industry-standard abuses, such as beak trimming and tail docking, and overcrowded and unsanitary conditions suppress animals’ immune systems and create the perfect breeding ground for diseases that pose an existential threat to humanity. (Photo: Farm Sanctuary/flickr/cc) Leah Garcés
COVID-19 Illuminates Our Food System’s Failure to Protect the Most Vulnerable
Addressing these flaws starts with choosing more plant-based foods and pressuring meat producers and regulatory agencies to protect workers and animals.
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A resident in the Trullo district of Rome, Italy wearing a face mask and gloves stands next to a mural featuring Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her quote "You're never too young to save the world" on March 30, 2020. (PHOTO BY ANDREAS SOLAR / AFP / GETTY IMAGES) Reynard Loki
Saving People From Coronavirus Can Teach Us How to Do the Same for Climate Change
It is technically feasible to achieve big reductions in pollutants that are fueling the climate crisis. All that’s required is a break in economic production and human activity.
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Solid reasons for Sanders to stay in the presidential primaries are hardly appreciated by party power brokers and big media outlets that have been hostile toward the Bernie 2020 campaign from the beginning. (Photo: Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Pandemic Makes the Bernie 2020 Campaign More Vital Than Ever
At a time when the structural failures of a corporatized society have never been more glaring and deadly, we desperately need Sanders’ voice to be heard far and wide.
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Central banks remain the dealers of choice for addicted big corporations, private banks, and markets. In other words, given congressional (and Trumpian) sponsored bailouts and practically unlimited access to money from the Fed, Wall Street will, in the end, be fine. (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Nomi Prins
Wall Street Wins, Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus
An all-American urge to offer corporate welfare.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Liz Carlisle
We Need a Green New Deal for Farmland
"A lot of people want to be farmers now—especially young people who are aware of the effects of climate change... Why not offer the opportunity for meaningful and gainful work that is beneficial to everybody, to people and planet?"
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Margaret Kimberley
COVID-19 and Black Workers
"The structures that keep black people persistently at the bottom of every positive measure and at the top of every negative indicator are firmly in place."
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Jill Richardson
Efficiency vs. Resilience
"This crisis is pulling back the curtain on unfettered laissez-faire capitalism, showing that we are actually interconnected. And it's far more serious than toilet paper."
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Kirk Freudenburg
Trump’s Easter Fantasy: Stay Tuned
"By now we know this man too well: there is simply too much adulation to be generated from a 'Covid Accomplished' spectacle to be left untapped."
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Robert Freeman
Will the Media Help Elect Trump? Again?
"The media doesn’t need to choose sides in the story. It need only courageously do its job in reporting the facts of Trump's critical role in allowing the pandemic to spread."
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Brian Terrell
A Tale of Two Stockpiles
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on the anniversary of his murder in a pandemic year.
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Saturday, April 4, 2020
David Suzuki
Let's Come Together in These Physically Distancing Times
"As bad as things are, and could get, compassion and wisdom will ensure that good emerges from this."
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Hamilton Nolan
Here’s What a General Strike Would Take
"We are living through the most opportune environment for massive, radical labor actions in many decades."
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Joshua Cho
Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine
"We have people around the world working as fast as they can to try to develop an effective vaccine against this dangerous disease. That is great—except these people are working in competition, not in collaboration."
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Ralph Nader
Coronavirus Failures Show Trump Is Clear and Present Danger to the United States
Seven "pro-contagion activities" by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States.
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Anja Rudiger
From Free CovidCare to Medicare For All: The Time is Now to Provide Health Care as a Public Good for All
"As the virus ravages our communities, our only hope is to force the health system to respond to our needs."
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A man wearing and selling masks for 5 dollars along Adams Blvd and Figueroa St. during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 02, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images) Adolph Reed Jr.
Disparity Ideology, Coronavirus, and the Danger of the Return of Racial Medicine
Why "race" is less useful—both empirically and politically—than ever as a proxy for the social conditions of poverty, lack of healthcare, and mass inequality.
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Friday, April 3, 2020
Donald Trump. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Janine Jackson
Democracy Dies in Blah Blah Blah
The president of the country has declared himself an opponent of one person, one vote democracy. We already knew that, but he said it out loud, on the record.
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Americans, like people in many countries, hold onto oddly inaccurate nostalgia about how war brings us together as a nation. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Susan Sered
Why 'Waging War' on Coronavirus Is a Dangerous Metaphor
Wars are used as excuses for dismissing concerns for justice or human rights, claiming that these concerns are distractions from the "real" mission.
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 It took only a few days for Congress to unanimously pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will be doling out $2.2 trillion in crisis relief, most of it going to Corporate America with few strings attached.  (Photo: Public domain) Ellen Brown
Was the Fed Just Nationalized?
Did Congress just nationalize the Fed? No. But the door to that result has been cracked open.
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Ideally, nuclear weapon arsenals will be recognized as a crazed burden we must finally shed if we’ve any hope of surviving our past recklessness.  (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) Kathy Kelly
'He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else': An Anti-Nuclear Activist Behind Bars
Trident nuclear disarmament activist Steve Kelly, a Jesuit priest, begins his third year imprisoned in a county jail as he and his companions await sentencing.
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One Detroit Center in Detroit, where bus drivers of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 kept 90% of the city’s buses in terminals on March 17 by refusing to work without adequate personal protective equipment. (Photo: Creative Commons) Jeremy Brecher
Strike for Your Life!
There have been more than a dozen strikes in the past two weeks by workers striking to protect themselves against infection by the coronavirus. They have already won increased protection. What do they portend for the future?
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President Donald Trump hands out pens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) after signing the CARES act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Bill Moyers
"There's Going to Be Scandal Involved in This Bailout. It Is Unquestionable'
Here We Go Again! A discussion between Bill Moyers and Neil Barofksy, former chief inspector general of the TARP program, on big corporate bailouts.
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