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Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd at a campaign rally on July 26, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Are Establishment Democrats Running Out of Ways to Sabotage Bernie Sanders?
The moderates of the party can't stand what Bernie is and what he stands for, but they apparently can't find a way to beat him.
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A woodchip mill burnt by bushfires is seen as smoke rises in Quaama in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. - Reserve troops were deployed to fire-ravaged regions across three Australian states on January 6 after a torrid weekend that turned swathes of land into smouldering, blackened hellscapes. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) John Fleming
In Australia's Nightmare, a Vision of the Planet's Terrifying Future
What’s happening Down Under is a dark preview of the kind of chaos and destruction that’s awaiting the rest of the world in this rapidly unfolding climate crisis... It sounds dramatic because it is.
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Major General Qasem Soleimani, pictured here on April 11, 2016, was killed Friday in Iraq by a U.S. drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Anthony Dworkin
Soleimani Strike Marks a Novel Shift in Targeted Killing, Dangerous to the Global Order
This new development shows how the influence of the open-ended military campaign against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State is washing back into the inter-state realm, imperiling the line between war and peace.
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But really... what has the U.S. accomplished over the last thirty years? Andrew Bacevich
A Report Card on the Failed American Project of the Last Three Decades
Since 1989, intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs.
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Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2018. (Photo: STR / AFP /Getty Images) Stephen Zunes
There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Americans
The assertions being repeated today seem based on apparently groundless claims from twelve years ago by the same people who said Iraq possessed weapons, weapons programs, and weapons systems that were such a grave threat that they ignited the U.S.-Iraq war.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls (fromL) Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrive for the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Biden and Buttigieg Exemplify How Corporatism and ‘the Madness of Militarism’ Go Together
Political positions on class warfare don't always run parallel to positions on military warfare. But they have now clearly aligned in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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Monday, January 6, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump confers with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while departing the U.S. Capitol following a St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Sarah Lazare, Michael Arria
To Stop Trump’s War with Iran, We Must Also Confront the Democrats Who Laid the Groundwork
Democratic leaders are feigning outrage, but they’ve supported the precursors to war.
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We can put an end to dangerous war profiteering by denying federal contracts to corporations that pay their top executives excessively. (Photo: Chris Devers / Flickr) Sarah Anderson
Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump's Attacks on Iran
As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.
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The price was even higher for Iraqis the second time around, with a 2015 study concluding at least 1.2 million, and possibly more than 2 million, civilians and combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have died in the ongoing US-led war on terrorism, now in its 19th year. (Photo: Shutterstock) Brett Wilkins
Blood On Whose Hands?
In survey after international survey, the United States is perennially voted the world’s greatest threat to peace in most of the world’s nations.
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As president, Trump has not only displayed a remarkable contempt for truth, law, civil liberties, the poor, civil rights, and women’s rights, but catered to the wealthy, the corporations, white supremacists, and religious fanatics. (Photo: mathiaswasick/flickr/cc) Lawrence Wittner
A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism
I have seen millions of people, in the United States and around the globe, turn the tide against fascism when, some eight decades ago, it threatened to engulf the world. Let’s hope they can do it again.
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Iranian pride, nationalism and basic sense of sovereignty, deeply wounded by Soleimani’s assassination, may demand an actual hot war with the U.S. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Trump’s Illegal, Impeachable Act of War
With so much on the line—both for the United States and the world—the time for silence is over. Public resistance is the only tool we the people have left.
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As 2020 begins, with America’s Afghan war in its 19th year and "progress" as nonexistent as ever, a beleaguered president continues to mull over just how to end America’s "endless wars" (while seemingly expanding them further). (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Nick Turse
Trump Threatens Afghan Armageddon
U.S. "plans" for the Afghan War might prove a crime against humanity.
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Abdulmahdi’s account makes nonsense of everything Trump and Pompeo and Esper are saying about the circumstances of the murder of Soleimani. (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Juan Cole
Iraqi Parliament Resolves to Kick Out US Troops, and Trump Threatens Mother of All Sanctions
The US invaded Iraq illegally in 2003 and essentially stole its oil income for years to pay for its military occupation of the country.
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Trump’s ignorant threat of responding to Teheran’s retaliation by destroying 52 critical targets across Iran can only result in spiraling escalation and to wider war that will consume lives across the Middle East and likely here in the United States. Joseph Gerson
No to Disastrous War With Iran
Instead of initiating a war with the assassination of General Soleimani, rationale leaders would have pursued diplomacy to reverse the spiraling dynamic of military escalation, not thoughtlessly and murderously fueling it.
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Sunday, January 5, 2020
The U.S. stores upwards of 50 B-61 nuclear gravity bombs at Incirlik Ann Wright
An American General Probably Thinks- “Thanks Trump, for Putting a Target on My Back!”
In 2017, Trump gave the CIA the authority to again use assassin drones after it had been withdrawn by the Obama administration.
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Ryan Costello
Trump and His Team Are Lying Their Way to War With Iran
Congress was left in the dark, and the administration appears to be lying about the intelligence they used to justify the strike.
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Gregory Shupak
Trump Order Aimed at Palestine Solidarity, Not Anti-Semitism
By acting as loudspeakers for the Trump administration's assertion that support for anti-colonial liberation is anti-Semitism, corporate media are both doing a disservice to Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid and a favor to anti-Semites.
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Chris Hedges
War With Iran
The United States, like Israel, has become a pariah that shreds, violates or absents itself from international law.
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Michael Winship
Drum Major Trump Marches Us Into the Folly of War
Pay no attention to that fool on the bandstand.
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Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Great Depression: Unemployed men queued outside a soup kitchen in Chicago. Angela Glover Blackwell, Sarah Treuhaft
A Federal Job Guarantee Is a Crucial Tool to Fight Inequality
A new campaign is building support for proposals to ensure that everyone who wants to work can have a good, living wage job.
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Dave Inder Comar
The United States' Assassination of Iranian Military Leader Violates International Law
"The assassination of Soleimani marks the most dangerous escalation between the United States and Iran in recent history, from which Iran and Iran's neighbouring countries will suffer the most."
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Major General Qasem Soleimani, pictured here on April 11, 2016, was reportedly assassinated Friday, January 3, 2020 in Iraq. Eric Margolis
Soleimani's Assassination: The Mafia Would Have Been Proud
Trump may now have the war with Iran he so obviously craves and that Israel and Saudi Arabia want.
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Reese Erlich
What's Really Going on With the US and Iran?
Reese Erlich, who has reported from the region for 20 years, sorts out the impact of Trump's drone attack that killed a popular Iranian general.
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Kathy Kelly
An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US 'Forever Wars' Speaks Out
Mainstream media seldom help us recognize ourselves as a menacing, warrior nation. Yet we must look in the mirror held up by historical circumstances if we're ever to accomplish credible change.
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Juan Cole
Trump Unites Iran and Iraq... Against the United States
The Trump administration charge that Soleimani had to be killed because he was planning an immediate, large scale operation against America in Iraq strikes no one in Iraq or Iran as very likely.
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Friday, January 3, 2020
Lawmakers need to move before it’s too late. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Trump’s Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition
Trump is betraying his voters and threatening millions of lives. Call him on it before it’s too late.
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Morrison views these fiery events through a prism of faith in an extractive capitalism. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) John Buell
Australia's National State of Emergency: The Fire This Time
Long term solutions requires a fundamental debate about the role of uncontrolled growth and hubristic attitudes towards nature.
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As with the U.S. border wall with Mexico, Trump has been obsessed with the idea of creating Space Force for several years. (Photo: Trump Make America Great Again Committee) Sonali Kolhatkar
With Space Force, Congress Hands Trump a Major Victory
As the devastating impacts of our endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to unfold, lawmakers have casually, without much debate, expanded the arena of war into space.
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The time is now—we cannot allow Trump to continue to spiral out of control—life as we know it hangs in the balance. (Photo: National Priorities Project) Wim Laven
Trump Must Be Removed From Office and We Must Create a Pathway to Peace
Millions of people need to fill the streets with the message: "Danger, danger, there’s a reckless warmonger in the White House."
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Bushfires rage across the country, fuelled by record heat, and are now surging through acres of parched land dryer than ever after the worst drought in a generation.(Photo: David Gray/Getty Images) Katherine Trebeck
Australia’s Bushfires Are a Wake-up Call: We Must Build a More Humane Economy Before It’s Too Late
Economists used to admire scientists. Now they ignore them at our peril.
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Kansas activist Sarah LaFrenz, warning of the disastrous impacts of deep tax cuts on corporations in her state at a Washington, D.C. rally before the 2017 congressional vote on the GOP tax plan. (Photo: Sarah Anderson) Frank Clemente
Eight Ways the Trump-GOP Tax Cuts Have Made the Rich Richer While Failing Working Families
In the two years since Congress passed the Republican tax law, the richest 1 percent have been the big winners.
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By murdering Qasem Soleimani (2nd R), the head of the Jerusalem (Qods) Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Trump has brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran. (Photo by IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump, Troll-in-Chief, Wags the Impeachment Dog By Going to War With Iran
It is extremely suspicious that Trump has abruptly begun trafficking in the sanguinary merchandise of all-out war just at this moment when his throne is on the brink of toppling.
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A firefighter attempts to residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast around 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney, Australia on December 10, 2019. Alison Rose Levy
Australia’s Tragedy Is a Cautionary Tale for the US Presidential Election
There is no substitute for a systemic reorientation on climate – or a movement that unequivocally supports it.
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Carolyn Coe
Afghan Children: Work of Necessity, Work of Choice
If children like himself had a choice, Gul Mohammad thinks it better that they be able to study instead of having to work, better if the government would ensure that the needs of children were met.
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Thursday, January 2, 2020
Despite the aggressive efforts by the right wing to suppress the vote, voting rights advocates are making progress. (Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED/Flickr) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Struggle to Vote in the U.S.
From the suffragettes to today's voting rights advocates, securing the right to vote should be a common pursuit of us all.
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Protesters chant as as they demonstrate outside Lebanon's Central Bank during ongoing anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon November 11, 2019 (Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters) Mona Fawaz
What Protests in Lebanon Can Tell Us About Inequality Worldwide
Confronting inequalities is not about merely bridging gaps, it requires confronting entrenched interests.
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Somebody who’s still in the race should say it as bravely as Julian Castro did. (Photo: Chip SomodevillaGetty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Julian Castro's Story Should Cause the Democratic Party to Reflect on How It Chooses Candidates
In general, it should make the country melancholy about how we do politics in the age of big money.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib addressing the House of Representatives on H.Res.326. (Photo: Screenshot) Philip Weiss
The Last Decade Brought the Conflict to the U.S., and That Is Progress
Mainstream politicians are talking about BDS and Zionism. A portion of the Democratic Party is firmly committed to Palestinian human rights, because the Democratic base is demanding it.
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with former Vice President Joe Biden after a Democratic debate in Ohio last year. (Photo: John Minchillo / AP) Norman Solomon
Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg Are Not to Be Trusted
It’s understandable that corporate-backed candidates don’t want to be cornered by questions that touch on realities of political and economic power.
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US Embassy in Iraq under siege. (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq
We hope that 2020 will be the year when the American public finally looks at the fateful choice between war and peace with 20/20 vision, and that we will start severely punishing Trump and every other U.S. politician who opts for threats over diplomacy, coercion over cooperation and war over peace.
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 Even when people are permanently disabled, the more frequent and onerous the reevaluation process becomes, the harder it is for them to keep up. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Mike Ervin
Look Out: Trump’s Social Security Administration Wants People with Disabilities to Prove it
Stepping up reevaluations is a good way to purge the disability rolls in the name of "enhancing program integrity."
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020
We, the global grassroots, can move forward and solve the climate crisis and all the other interrelated crises that plague us. Ronnie Cummins
2020 Vision: A New Year’s Regeneration
There is a practical, shovel-ready solution to our impasse, powered by a massive leap in grassroots consciousness, a youth-led climate movement and a 2020 ballot box revolution.
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) could become a hero of the impeachment trial. Alan Hirsch
Impeachment Heroes: Past, Present, Future
Republican senators like Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner, and Lamar Alexander—history has its eyes on you.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference at the Capitol on July 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Nancy Pelosi's Leverage over Mitch McConnell
She can threaten to reopen the House investigation into the president.
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Big Tech must do more in the 2020 election to protect the public. Jessica J. González
A New Year's Resolution for Big Tech: Step Up to Stop Hate
There's a very real possibility that the same companies that fell down on the job in 2016 will once again be a force for evil in 2020.
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Mural at 510 West Broadway, Hwy. 56, downtown Okemah, Oklahoma, depicting Woody Guthrie and Okfuskee County history. Painted by DeAnna Mauldin in 1994. Randall Amster
For 2020 and Beyond: 'Keep Hoping Machine Running'
All things considered, we could do worse than embracing Woody Guthrie's resolutions for the new year.
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The Morton County Sheriff's Department deployed a tank and sprayed peaceful protesters with a water cannon amid below-freezing temperatures on November 20, 2016 at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Tara Houska
A Voice From the Forest in the Corporate Boardroom
Only when indigenous people are heard by those financing climate disaster can we stop the destruction, together.
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U.S. 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, D.C. Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi I, together with Constitutional Law scholars Louis Fisher and Bruce Fein, proposed that...
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Shanghai Donghai Bridge's 100mw offshore wind power project is China's first national offshore wind power demonstration project in the early morning light of morning in Shanghai, Oct. 4, 2019. Jim Hightower
What If You Were to Own Your Own Power Company?
What if you were to control an energy business that's also an economic development engine and a grassroots force for advancing social justice?
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Hanna advocates unity among Palestinians and for the sake of Palestine. Ramzy Baroud
Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Israel Hates Him
His kind of leadership is problematic from the viewpoint of a hegemonic political and military power that requires utter and absolute submission.
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We're doomed. Might as well enjoy it. Ted Rall
A Grim New Definition of Generation X
Nihilism is about to become the best worst possible life strategy.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
While the US arms industry is presumably feeling pretty secure right about now, it is safe to say many people in "safe third countries" are not. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) Belén Fernández
How the US Made the So-Called 'Safe Third Countries' Unsafe
Despite Donald Trump's claims, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are everything but safe.
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is surrounded by lawyers, aides, and journalists as she arrives at the U.S. Capitol October 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Michael Felsen
In 2020, Ukrainians Gain Whistleblower Rights Trump Has Forsaken Here
The attacks on Yovanovitch, the Trump/Zelensky call whistleblower, and other career civil servants willing to speak truth to power, despite the risks, represent a frontal assault by the President on norms our American democracy depend upon.
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As we enter the next decade, I want us to all find our place in the movement to end sexual violence, because we all have a role to play. (Photo: Alec Perkins / Wikimedia Commons) Tarana Burke
The 'Me Too' Movement's Success Took a Decade of Work, Not Just a Hashtag. And There's More To Do.
What makes our work to end sexual violence different is that it speaks to the needs of all survivors and addresses sexual violence as a systemic issue.
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The deforested land mainly contributes to cattle raising for slaughter and sale. (Photo: Matt Zimmerman/flickr/cc) Liberty Vittert
Statistic of the Decade: The Massive Deforestation of the Amazon
Since 2010, mile upon mile of rainforest has been replaced with a wide range of commercial developments, including cattle ranching, logging and the palm oil industry.
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The tools available to the public are clear. Trump’s defenders must be voted out. (Photo: cattlenetwork) Wim Laven
A More Perfect Union
Our institutions are weakened now by Trump and his coterie, but we must stay strong, our democracy depends on us.
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One of the top countries for pollution-related death is among the richest: the United States ranks number seven, with some 197,000 deaths due to pollution.  (Photo: ribarnica/Flickr/cc) Michelle Chen
Dirty Air and Water Is Killing Us
New study affirms that pollution is the world’s leading cause of death, ahead of tobacco use, drug and alcohol use, and even war.
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We must resist and cannot afford to yield.(Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Michael Winship
In Trump World, Fiction Is Just as Strange as Truth
There’s no escape from the vortex of lies and transgressions.
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Monday, December 30, 2019
We can regain our global image as champion of human rights, which is currently undone. (Photo: 8list) Leslie Gregory, Tom Hastings
White Nationalism and Public Health
There is a trend across much of the world toward the strongman ruler, the Trump/Putin/Erdogan/Duterte/Jong-un model, but that is reversible. Nothing about this is permanent or inevitable. We always have a choice.
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Just because firms and rich people play by the rules of the markets, this does not lead to the conclusion that the results are just. (And, of course, they often don’t play by the rules!) (Photo: Ars Electronica / Flickr) Arthur MacEwan
Are Taxes the Best Way of Dealing With Inequality?
Taxes can redistribute income, but relying on taxes means we are accepting the way the system works—the way markets operate—to create inequality in the first place.
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Whereas the young are climate heroes, Australia’s Prime Minister is a coward, a climate denier who loves coal. (Photo: South Bend Voice/cc/flickr) Andy Rowell
Decades of Denial Have to End: We Need Radical Climate Leadership in 2020
The next decade will define our collective future. We have no time to waste.
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Toronto has still yet to take any real action on homelessness. (Photo: Shutterstock) Cathy Crowe
Canada's Brutal Decade of Homelessness
In Toronto alone, approximately 3,000 more people are homeless than 10 years ago.
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Rattled by the weight of 2018’s climate science, and with a newfound awareness of the price we are paying for decades of inaction, people around the world rose up by the millions in 2019 to demand a crisis-level response to climate change. (Photo: Paddy O Sullivan/Unsplash) Erika Spanger-Siegfried
The Climate Decade: A Global Crisis Unveiled, a Global Movement Unleashed
Together we’ve felt grief as bad news mounted, rage as monied interests blocked the world’s efforts to save itself and, as climate denial made a political comeback at home, we’ve felt at times like the mythical Cassandra, cursed to tell the truth and never be believed.
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"Over the past 16 years, Israel’s army has killed on average 11 children a month." (Photo: Alberto Hugo Rojas/flickr/cc) Yumna Patel
A Decade in Review: Palestinians Who Stood Out, and Took a Stand, Over the Last 10 Years
While the political situation often seems bleak and hopeless, these Palestinians, these changemakers, continue to try to make a difference, no matter how big or small, in the hopes that they can do better for their community.
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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in "Bombshell." (Photo: YouTube screenshot) Ilana Novick
'Bombshell' Glosses Over the Horrors of Fox News
Countless anchors and executives, including owner Rupert Murdoch, have made it one of the most destructive forces in American life.
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A group of 9 diverse candidates to state elections in Brazil in 2019. (Photo: Bancada Ativista) Pedro Telles
Whose Democracy in Brazil?
The impact of inequalities in elections in Brazil is reflected in the important political underrepresentation of women, blacks and minorities. Fortunately, it is possible to identify what needs to change so that those who do not have a political opportunity today can have it tomorrow.
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What’s needed is a commitment to a green economy as sweeping as anything this nation has ever seen. (Photo: EuroNews/Twitter) Bill Lueders
A Progressive Wish List for 2020
If we work hard and stay focused, 2020 can be the year we make huge gains.
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In the coming year, those of us in the US will face one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. (Photo: Creative Commons) Medea Benjamin
10 Good Things About 2019
Remembering some of the gains in the difficult year of 2019 can help inspire us for the critical struggles ahead.
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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Burning fossil fuels has led to a rapid increase in the earth’s temperature which is causing a climate crisis that is escalating in its destruction and scientists say we have only a few years to avert worldwide cataclysmic devastation. Linda Childers
Climate Crisis is Too Real to Ignore
This is an “All hands on deck!” moment.
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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is another member of the Business Roundtable. Just weeks after he made the commitment to all his stakeholders, Whole Foods, an Amazon subsidiary, announced it would be cutting medical benefits for its entire part-time workforce. Robert Reich
The Biggest Business Con of 2019: Fleecing Workers While Bosses Get Rich
From Boeing to Whole Foods, companies are touting social responsibility as profits soar. Don’t believe a word of it.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a campaign stop at The River Center on December 28, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Warren wants to rein in capitalism's excesses but calls for a gentler capitalism are mere fads. Yanis Varoufakis
Imagining a World Without Capitalism
For the new year, imagine the wondrous possibilities of a truly liberal, post-capitalist, technologically advanced society.
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Strands of kelp at Shelly Point in Beaumaris, Tasmania on September 7, 2019. The Tasman Sea is warming and once plentiful kelp forests have rapidly declined.  The kelp rising in 30-foot high stalks has been habitat for rare ocean life through recorded history.  Once present along the whole length of Tasmania's east coast, now little is left. Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M. Khan
Warming Ocean Currents Affect Weather and Environment
Australia's giant kelp beds are literally being cooked by the ocean
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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Bharat Masrani Linda McQuaig
How $15 Billion in Bonuses Leaves Canada's Bankers Gloomy
There’s silly. There’s absurd. And then there’s this: The country’s six largest banks are dishing out $15 billion in bonuses this year. But, in the eyes of some, this isn’t enough . Indeed, Bill...
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Eugene Debs delivers an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio on June 16, 1918. Peter Dreier
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Jews
Like the Passover story, the celebration of Hanukkah reminds us that people can overcome great obstacles and achieve great things if they have a vision of a better society and build movements that...
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A City Creek Center sign outside the World Trade Center Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nonprofit investment arm, Ensign Peak Advisors offices are located on December 17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. An inside whistleblower has alleged the Mormon Church used 1.4 billion of a $100 billion tax-free investment fund to pay cost overruns on the for-profit church-owned high-end shopping center. Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Mormon Tutors
Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money. . . . -Moses ben Maimon (1135-1204), Charity’s Eight Degrees Tutors in the...
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Stacy Bannerman, foreground, second from right, a peace activist married to a National Guard soldier who fought in Iraq, has written about unusual relationship between warrior and anti-war activist in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 13, 2006 Stacy Bannerman
In 2020, Live Your Prayer
I quit going to church when my husband first went to the Iraq War in 2004. Then one day in the summer of 2017, I was walking around aimlessly and wandered into an old Episcopalian chapel in Medford,...
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President Donald J. Trump looks as a flag is revealed during a ceremony to establish the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Karl Grossman
Trump Signs Measure Enabling Establishment of a U.S. Space Force
President Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that establishes a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces—despite the Outer Space Treaty...
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Donald Trump Ralph Nader
“Then, I Have an Article II, Where I Have the Right to do Whatever I Want as President.” – “King” Donald Trump
Against Donald J. Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted narrow impeachment charges, despite key House Committee Chairs’ arguments for broadening the impeachment charges. These veteran lawmakers,...
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Friday, December 27, 2019
If you use Department of Education figures, as opposed to those put out by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of people suffering homelessness in the U.S. is closer to 1.4 million each year—not the 500,000 to 600,000 figure frequently used. (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Pat LaMarche
Trumpian Attacks on Homelessness and California Are Utter and Total Poppycock
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a system for counting the homeless that is worthless: utterly worthless. And the media's failure to report this story accurately is dangerous.
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I cannot think of a more important and powerful time to march. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Naava Ellenberg
Now Is Not the Time for Women to Stop Marching
The 2020 march will be the strongest demonstration of our power yet, as we lift up every member of our community in our calls for justice.
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Is Joseph saying that Trump, by the force of his magnetic personality, will send young people thronging back to the faith? (Photo: Creative Commons) Mike Lofgren
The Stupidest Op-Ed of 2019 Argues Trump Will Inspire a Religious Revival
Newsweek just published a piece that set a record for preposterous ideas, confidently but incoherently argued.
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Gandhi said we must become the change we want to see. (Photo: Brian Larkin) Brian Larkin
Extinction Rebellion: A Flock of Starlings and a Plane Tree
The collective impact of human activity is already, and at an ever increasing pace, destroying life on earth.
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Many political leaders from both parties condemned Trump for the remarks, which, of course, were cheered by the crowd in Battle Creek. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Dave Zweifel
Trump's 'Moral Character' Is Severely Lacking
Trump's broadside against the late congressman from Michigan, John Dingell, was disgusting and deplorable.
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"Anti-Trump Protest - Chicago" (Photo: Alek S/CC BY 2.0) Manuel Serrano
Avoiding the Collapse of Democracy Is Our Responsibility
Democracy needs to keep moving forward. If we elude our responsibility when it comes to breathing new life into the values that sustain it, our liberal societies will eventually collapse.
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The voters I spoke to at these events are fighting for change. They want an economy that puts workers first. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) Larry Cohen
Voters Want Change, Not Centrism
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and other candidates aiming for the so-called center do not inspire voters.
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Women who do not have health insurance are more likely to delay prenatal care, contributing to maternal mortality rates. (Photo: Getty) Julie A. Burkhart
The High Price of Abortion Restrictions
States with more restrictions on reproductive health care have higher maternal and infant mortality rates.
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The good news is that housing is finally being addressed as the national crisis it is. (Photo: Shutterstock) Nicole Braun
We Need a New Deal for Housing
I’ve worked hard my whole life and will probably never own a home. This is a policy shame, not a personal one.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks to supporters at an Immigration Town Hall in San Ysidro, California on December 20, 2019 at San Ysidro High School. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker / AFP / Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Here It Comes: Get Ready for a Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You've Never Seen
Beware. Because disparaging and minimizing Bernie in 2019 didn't work, the next step in 2020 will be to trash him with a vast array of full-bore attacks.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019
While pushing this colonial narrative, the Post actually tried to make the absurd case that some of the US’s strategic failures stemmed from being too generous to Afghans. (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
WaPo’s Afghan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry
The scandal of the Afghanistan War is not that the US entered into and prolonged an "unwinnable" war; the scandal is that the US empire’s invasion of Afghanistan is a war crime in violation of international law, and has inflicted imperial violence on the Afghan people.
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As 2019 began, Saad Hariri was prime minister of Lebanon. On 17 October small street protests broke out against corruption, gridlock, lack of services, failure to collect garbage, lack of electricity, sectarianism and new taxes on the Whatsapp messaging program. (Photo: Javier Barrera/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Juan Cole
While Americans Slept in 2019, Uprisings Reshaped Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Algeria
All four of these popular revolts caused a sitting prime minister or president to step down.
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Carbon capture could help limit the effects of climate change. (Photo: Brian Boucheron / Flickr) Ellen Brown
The Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet
The bottom line is that saving the planet from environmental destruction is not only achievable, but that by focusing on regenerative agriculture and tapping up the central bank for funding, the climate crisis can be addressed without raising taxes and while restoring our collective health.
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For every injustice we see in the criminal-justice system, there is a law, practice or policy that allowed it to happen. (Photo: @CBSNews/Twitter) Cyntoia Brown-Long
I Was Jailed for my Trafficker’s Death. I’m Free Now—But Other Women Languish.
An injustice to one is a threat to us all. #FreeEveryCyntoia
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(Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images) Agnes Callamard
The Khashoggi Verdict Is Exactly What Impunity Looks Like. It Must Be Denounced.
Impunity for the killing of a journalist commonly reveals underlying political repression, corruption, abuse of power, propaganda and even international complicity. All are present here.
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The politicians of Corbyn and Sanders ilk will always face an uphill battle. (Photo: Margaret Kimberley
Propaganda and the Defeat of Jeremy Corbyn
If Americans are going to make connections with the British elections they must talk about the assault on democracy from the billionaires and their willing minions.
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"New technologies advancing toward our workplace shouldn't reduce the standard of living of Americans. They should raise our standard of living," writes Reich. "But that won't happen automatically." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
5 Ways to Stop Corporations From Ruining the Future of Work
Why we need to assert our roles as workers and members of a democratic society to ensure that new technologies benefit all of us.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Amy Goodman
Let 2020 Be the Year of a Truly Free Press
We all have a responsibility to ensure that journalists are free to do their work, without threats of injury, imprisonment, or death.
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Lawrence Mishel, Melat Kassa
Top 1.0% of Earners See Wages Up 157.8% Since 1979
This disparity in wage growth reflects a sharp long-term rise in the share of total wages earned by those in the top 1.0% and 0.1%.
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Randall Amster
The Gift of Perspective
Our existence at any scale is indeed a cosmic gift, even more so when we consider its full range of operation.
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César Chelala
President Trump's Baseless Attacks on Wind Power
Wind power is far more ecofriendly than burning fossil fuels and, more importantly, has the possibility of freeing the U.S. from the economic dependency on fossil fuels.
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
The UK's Electoral System Failed
First-past-the-post voting has been praised for promoting political stability, but it comes at the price of a government in which a minority can ride roughshod over the interests and preferences of more than half of the population.
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