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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
CBC depiction (6/29/19) of Juan Guaído. Lucas Koerner, Ricardo Vaz
Western Media Losing Enthusiasm for Failing Coup in Venezuela
Disappointed by Guaído’s fading star, Western reporters have labored to mint new pro-Washington heroes worthy of their regime change fantasies
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Given the destructiveness of runaway climate change and rising inequality, we cannot afford to wait until the current international trade system is reformed before acting. (Photo: Shooting Chris / Flickr) Ethan Earle, Manuel Pérez Rocha
What Kind of Trade Policy Should Progressives Support?
NAFTA 2.0 simply locks in existing drives toward ecological collapse and social inequality. A better deal would put people—and nature—first
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We’ve delivered our message, but will he act? (Photo: Twitter/Greenpeace) Flo Stuart-Leach
Why We Just Blocked Boris Johnson on His Way to See the Queen
It will be Boris Johnson’s job to help tackle the climate emergency that’s dangerously heating our planet and threatening the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world
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Facebook is set to launch a global cryptocurrency named Libra, which is expected to come online in the first half of 2020 (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters) Lorenzo Marsili
The Rise of Corporate Nations
Multinational corporations are increasingly encroaching on the functions of sovereign states
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Their recent legislative push stands in stark contrast to repeated attempts by other members of Congress to stamp out constitutionally protected boycotts of Israel. (Photo: Erik McGregor) Manar Waheed, Kate Ruane
With the Right to Boycott Under Attack, Some Members of Congress Are Pushing Back
Exercising one’s right to boycott is quintessentially American, and that reminder was clearly due
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
In September 2014, a U.S. official from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador’s black market were made in the United States. (Photo: Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times) Frances Moore Lappé
Blood on Our Hands: How We Help Drive Immigration North
Where are the calls to stop the massive illegal transfer of U.S. weapons fueling the very violence that drives innocent people to leave their homes?
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The real political enemy is the Republican party, and nothing is more important than a resounding Republican defeat in 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
We Must Defeat Trump
This does not mean that "centrist" strategies ought to be embraced, but it does mean that Democrats need to argue with a sense of proportion and in a way that underscores their unity against Trump
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It’s not a system that’s working well, and if we’re worried about the overall availability of food, we in the rich world should stop doubling down on industrial agriculture. (Photo: Kuarmungadd for Getty Images) Timothy Wise
World Hunger Is on the Rise
Let’s face it: The U.S. is not feeding the world
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The United States has had a sanctions regime in place against Iran for decades, almost since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Vijay Prashad
The U.S.-Iran Standoff Can Only End When the U.S. Accepts Iran’s Right to Have a Nuclear Energy Program
The United States, however isolated, refuses to accept that Iran has the right—under international law—to a nuclear energy program (which includes enrichment).
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The reality of climate change was now indisputable. All that remained in question was how rapidly it would occur and the extent (and again rapidity) of the devastation that it would ultimately inflict. (Photo: Flickr/ChrisA1995/cc) Andrew Bacevich
The Great Reckoning: A Look Back from Mid-Century
"Even today, it remains difficult to understand why, given mounting evidence of a grave crisis, passivity persisted for so long across most sectors of society."
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Kayakers wore red T-shirts announcing the “Gaza Unlocked” campaign and managed to display flags, connected by string, spelling out "Free Gaza." (Photo: @USBOATTOGAZA/AnnWright46) Kathy Kelly
The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives
"Free Gaza Chicago River Flotilla," three days of action calling for an end to Israeli attacks and blockades in Palestine
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According to IUCN study nearly half of the world's heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100. (Photo: iStock) Andy Rowell
A Letter to the Future From a Glacier That Is No More
"Okjökull was the first named Icelandic glacier to melt because of how humans have transformed the planet’s atmosphere. Its fate will be shared by all of Iceland’s glaciers unless we act now to radically curtail greenhouse gas emissions."
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 A Honduran immigrant entertains a fellow immigrant's child in front a map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented Central American immigrants on September 14, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico. The shelter, called La 72, is run by Fransiscan friars and is the first stop for thousands of Central American immigrants crossing north through Mexico to reach the United States. Many risk riding atop "La Bestia" or The Beast, a freight train which passes through Tenosique in Mexico's sou Tom Gallagher
The US Needs a Marshall Plan for Central America
How much longer will we watch the suffering and inhumanity before we agree that we need to do something big?
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U.S. government policies are causing deaths and hardship, and make no mistake, it only takes a brief examination of history to understand that a wall and criminalization are not deterrents for people with no options. (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty) Alison Bodine, Tamara Hansen
Imperialist Made Crisis of Migrants and Refugees
For the last 18 years, since the new era of war and occupation began, there has been no end to the war, violence, and economic devastation imposed on people around the world by imperialist governments like the U.S., Canada, and the countries of the European Union
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John Nichols (Photo by Joe Mabel/ Ruth Conniff
Crisis in Journalism Is a Crisis for Democracy
'We need journalism to expose this dumbing down and bartering off of policy making'
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If you plan to vote for Trump because of his tax cuts, for example, or his uncritical support of Israel, you’re also voting for his racism. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
We Can’t Pretend This Is a Normal Election
This is nothing less than a fight for the soul of the nation. Everyone needs to take a stand.
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National security advisor John Bolton has tricked London into an adversarial posture toward Iran, with ratcheting tensions. And that is a big win for Iran War hawks around Trump. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
How John Bolton Tricked Clueless UK Tories Into Confrontation With Iran
Trump's national security advisor has succeeded in putting the Brits in a headlock
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Monday, July 22, 2019
People look at handguns as thousands of customers and hundreds of dealers sell, show, and buy guns and other items during The Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center which is the first major gun show in the area since the Oregon shooting in Chantilly, VA on Saturday, October 03, 2015. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) John Lindsay-Poland
The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That.
Gun exports reached record levels in 2017 and again in 2018. Can Congress stop Trump from loosening the rules even further?
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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Trump, Go Back Where You Came From
Don't let this presidential pickpocket use cruel verbal assaults to distract you from the truth
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Juan Cole
It's Just Good Business: Even Red States Are Dumping Coal for Solar
Arizona, despite being GOP-dominated, is number 3 in the US for residential solar power production. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, Arizona homeowners put in 52.83 megawatts of new solar...
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 U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on trade with China, Iran and other topics. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Santiago Zabala
Trump's Brand of Fascism Is Distinct But No Less Dangerous Than Last Century's Fascism
While there are indeed substantial differences between the fascism of the past and what we see today, the general historical trajectory will inevitably remain the same
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol March 08, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sarah Jaffe
The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar
While others on the left waffle on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, the freshman Democrat takes on American hegemony.
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US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. - President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) Sarah Anderson, Negin Owliaei
‘The Squad’ Keeps the Focus on Bold, Inequality-Busting Policies
Reps. Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and Ocasio-Cortez fight hard for their constituents in the face of racist attacks
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Juan Cole
Is Trump Setting the US Up for Further al-Qaeda Attacks by Putting Troops in Saudi Arabia?
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump is sending US troops to be based in Saudi Arabia , and King Salman has signed off on the paperwork. Several hundred US military personnel will be at Prince Sultan...
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Sign reads: A better world is possible. Laura Basu
An Agenda for a New Internationalism
The Labour Party's International Social Forum kickstarted a much needed debate about global justice.
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Alan MacLeod
Media Just Can’t Stop Presenting Horrifying Stories as ‘Uplifting’ Perseverance Porn
Out-of-touch corporate media give us supposedly charming, wholesome and positive news that actually, upon even minimal retrospection, reveals the dire conditions of late capitalism so many Americans now live under.
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) speaks as Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hold a press conference addressing remarks made by President Donald Trump. Peter Bloom, Pasi Ahonen
The Dangerous Truth about Trump’s Racism: White Power, Elite Rule, and Justified Privilege
“The Squad” threaten his very elite existence and the eugenicist convictions that underpin its legitimacy
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Sen. Bernie Sanders Karl Evers-Hillstrom, Jessica Piper
Which 2020 Democrats Are Taking Money From the Healthcare Industry?
No Democratic candidate has pulled in more from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries than Biden
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Sam Pizzigati
A Tale of Two Druglords
One gets life behind bars, the other retires into luxury. Guess which one reaked more havoc.
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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Grape-Bollin-Schwartz Levee overtops in numerous areas June 27, 2011. Amahia Mallea
As Flood Risks Increase Across the US, It’s Time to Recognize the Limits of Levees
What does a healthy river of the future look like?
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top 15 countries for military expenditure:chart Ernest A. Canning
Why We Must Restore the Title, “War Department”
Just like the change in nomenclature from "War Department" to "Defense Department", the use of the phrase, "war on terror", has been nothing short of Orwellian.
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Demonstrators participate in a Fight for $15 rally on April 14, 2015. Sue Sturgis
Institute Index: $15 Wage Bill in Hands of Senator Opposed to Minimum Wage
The boost could lift 1.3 million people out of poverty
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrest an undocumented Mexican immigrant during a raid in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 11, 2018 in New York City. Preeti Vissa Kristipati
ICE Raids, Asylum Seekers and the Othering of People of Color
An agenda lies behind all of this
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Friday, July 19, 2019
Children participate in a March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. Lauren Gambill
It’s Time to Stop Arguing Whether Gun Laws Work
We need to think critically about how “protecting guns” is harming our children.
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DC statehood demonstration Monica Hopkins
Washington, DC Residents Deserve the Full Benefits of Citizenship
Equal representation is fundamental to American democracy
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Michael Sainato
The Billionaires v. Bernie
The democratic socialist candidate is under attack from the super rich, their corporations, lobbyists, and think tanks. Some are even backing his 2020 Democratic primary rivals.
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Protester holds a sign reading: Protect workers and the environment Ben Lilliston
Did Obama's Trade Legacy Just Hammer the Green New Deal?
The path towards achieving climate goals must address the revamping of trade rules
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Planet of the Surreal: Turning 75 in the Age of Trump
You don’t have to be a scientist anymore to grasp the nature of the new planet we’re on.
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President Donald Trump John Atcheson
Trump's a Racist—But We Knew That. Now What?
Victory in 2020 will be all about turnout, and turnout will be determined by whether or not Democrats address voters' real concerns
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Why I'm Glad About Trump's Latest Twitter Tirade
The clarity of his racism is a useful tool to measure where America stands
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"People always tell me and the other millions of school strikers that we should be proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished," writes Greta Thunberg in the introduction to the new Climate Resistance Handbook. "But the only thing that we need to look at is the emission curve." Greta Thunberg & Daniel Hunter
Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here.
A new guide to activism aims to inform and inspire a new generation of global climate campaigners
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Republicans must think “crooked Donald” is invincible. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Will Even One Disgusted Republican Mount a Serious Primary Challenge to Trump?
Is their moral courage totally AWOL?
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We are impressed with the strength and resilience of the women of "the Squad." (Photo: National Nurses United) Bonnie Castillo
Nurses Stand in Solidarity With Congressional Women of Color
We are proud of Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley for their outspoken advocacy. We could not be more appreciative of their activism and voice on behalf of all of us.
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Workers have been abused by many facets of today’s American capitalism. (Photo: Reuters) Robert Kuttner
At Last, Legislation to Stop Private Equity Abuses
The bill to break the back of the worst thieves on Wall Street is sponsored by—no surprise—Elizabeth Warren
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 Fighting this war is as much a matter of demobilization—reversing courses of action, shrinking our carbon footprint—as it is mobilizing green energy production and rebuilding society around a green consciousness. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Fighting Climate Change Means Ending War
This is not a mere moral abstraction, something to do because it’s right and good. We will disappear as a species if we don’t—no matter how much money we have
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David Marcus, Head of Calibra at Facebook, testifies about Facebook's proposed digital currency called Libra, during a Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 16, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Weissman
Beware Facebook's Libra: A Corporate Surveillance Leviathan With No Precedent Outside the Realm of Science Fiction
It would be foolish to trust Facebook about anything. It would be equally foolish to trust any giant corporation with the mission of creating a private global currency.
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Screen shot of a recent Fox Business report about U.S.-Iran relations. (Photo: Fox Business via YouTube) Gareth Porter
How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis
The Trump administration and the media have, to date, successfully made the Iranian government the focus of scrutiny that the public would be well-served to turn on them as well
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A rally demanding the closure of migrant detention camps on July 12 in San Diego. (Photo: Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune) Lauren Markham, Thi Bui
Get Children Out of Cages at the Border and Into School
We have the means to welcome them into stable living situations, as our own rules demand, and into quality schools
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum at Drake University on July 15, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Twenty Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the forums that will feature four candidate per forum, to be held in cities across Iowa over five days. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
To Corporate Media, No Democrat Can Possibly Be Right-Wing
If there is a "left wing" of the Democratic Party, there must, logically, be a "right wing." That so many outlets refuse to frame the ideological division that way speaks volumes.
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Elizabeth Warren unveils plan to stop ‘looting’ of U.S. companies. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Thea M. Lee
Elizabeth Warren Means Business: A Letter in Support of the 'Stop Wall Street Looting Act of 2019'
"This bill addresses serious problems with the private equity business model, without getting in the way of firms that actually do produce allocative or operational efficiencies that strengthen the U.S. economy."
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to the media at a joint press conference in Tehran. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP) Stephen Zunes, Medea Benjamin
Trump’s Threats Towards Iran Aren’t Working. Here’s Why.
By treating the Iranian regime as a monolith the Trump Administration risks closing one of the few remaining avenues for defusing the crisis
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Kelsey Kruger
The Green New Deal Must Include Regenerative Agriculture and an End to Factory Farming
A millennial perspective on why the way we farm and how we consume food must be part of the conversation when it comes to the climate crisis
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Medical costs are the primary reason for bankruptcy in the United States. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) David Steil
This Republican's Case for Medicare for All
It's time to accept that the free market doesn't work for health care. Patients can't do comparison shopping from the back of an ambulance.
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how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? (Photo: AP) Thom Hartmann
How a Trojan Horse Project to Rewrite Our Constitution Could Actually Happen if Trump Wins in 2020
It’s looking more and more like the endgame here for Trump—and the right-wing billionaires who support him and the GOP—is not just to get reelected, but to actually rewrite our Constitution and end the American experiment
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The "Squad": Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Washington vs. The Squad
Trump’s not the only one terrified of these four congresswomen—leading Democrats apparently are, too.
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Both media and politicians love to use coal miners as anti-environmental props—as in Donald Trump's February 16, 2017, signing ceremony for a bill removing protections for streams. (Photo: AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM) Sarah Lazare
The Media Uses Coal Miners To Attack the Green New Deal—Then Ignores Their Pension Fight
In 34 stories about coal miners, the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico did not once cover miners’ pension and healthcare demands
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This trend not only magnifies the risk of economic stagnation and market failures; political changes around the world suggest that it has also become a profound threat to democracy. (Photo: Getty Images) Jayati Ghosh
The Exploitation Time Bomb
Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality—posing a threat not only to economic growth, but...
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Rep. Ro Khanna is Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is co-sponsoring House Resolution 246 attacking the BDS movement. (Photo: Screenshot) Michael Arria
Why Are Progressive Democrats Backing an Anti-BDS Bill That Was Introduced at an AIPAC Conference?
"They are deluding themselves."
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A folder reading "Terrorists" on its cover, that forms part of the "Archives of Terror" is pictured at the Documentation and Archive Center for Human Rights Defense, at the Justice Palace in Asuncion, on January 16, 2019. - The archives that were found in 1992 at a police station in Asuncion, contain the most important documentation of the exchange of intelligence information and prisoners among the military regimes of the region known as "Operation Condor". The files served to order the arrest of former Pa Brett Wilkins
Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas
Revelation comes after Italian court sentences 24 men to life behind bars for roles in U.S.-backed state terror campaign
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55,000 children—who are U.S. citizens or otherwise eligible to receive housing benefits—could face eviction under a new Trump administration rule. (Photo: Shutterstock) Rose Ramirez
A Trump Plan to Throw 55,000 Children Out of Their Homes
A proposed rule would strip housing benefits from U.S. citizens if they’re found to have family members with the wrong immigration status
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Neither Tapper nor Bash are conservative favorites, but neither are they journalists with a progressive worldview. (Photo: Screenshot) Julie Hollar
CNN Should Treat Left and Right Alike in Presidential Debates
Please call on CNN to play fair and include a progressive journalist in its Democratic debates
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It's one thing to have a president who thinks "Out of sight; out of mind" should be an actual public policy. It's another thing to have a president who's clearly out of his mind. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Jim Hightower
The Mad Corruptions of Trump Inc.
We have a president who's clearly out of his mind
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Ali Abunimah
Israel Lobby Groups Hatch Plan to Divide the Left
Israel and its lobby see the strengthening solidarity between Palestinians and other oppressed groups, especially Black people in the United States, as a major threat and they are determined to fight back
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When corporations get special handouts from the government, it costs the rest of us.(Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
How Corporate Welfare Hurts You
The next time you hear conservatives railing against welfare handouts for the poor, remind them that we should really be cutting corporate welfare
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Mike Lofgren
When It Comes to Plutocrats Like Epstein and Trump, Always Assume the Worst
In the age of Trump, the wrongdoing has become so blatant, the attitude towards the rest of us so contemptuous, that a presumption of guilt may be the only realistic attitude
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 In just 12 months, he has killed or weakened dozens of safeguards with the sole intention of bolstering polluting industries’ profit margins even after Congress slashed the corporate tax rate. (Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP/MediaPunch via Alamy) Elliott Negin
10 Ways Andrew Wheeler Has Decimated EPA Protections in Just One Year
Trump’s EPA administrator should change the name of his agency to "Every Polluter’s Ally."
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Reps. Rashida Tlaib, left, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley respond to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries, during a news conference. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Natasha Hakimi Zapata
I Know What It’s Like to Be Told to ‘Go Back’ to My Own Country
This president and his enablers are not the exception in our long, shameful history of systemic racism—they simply have no interest in hiding theirs behind platitudes
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The parents of these women were blue collar or service workers, and that is the real point. That’s 85% of the country. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 4 Ways the Squad of Young Congresswomen Represent More Americans Than Trump
Trump’s constituency is disproportionately old white people, who are no longer a majority in the US
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 The latest studies have shown unequivocally that raising the minimum wage is a boon to society overall -- stimulating the economy, decreasing poverty-related stress, and increasing productivity. (Photo: Getty Images) Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal
A $15 Minimum Wage Is Exactly What Our Economy Needs
The Raise the Wage Act is an opportunity for Congress to restore dignity to work and stability to the lives of millions who work hard every day for less and less
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McDonald's pioneered methods of attracting school children to its stores. Now its using that connection to rip off local schools. (Photo: Shutterstock) Cecily Myart-Cruz
McDonald’s: Stop Exploiting Our Schools
So-called "McTeacher’s Nights" rip off teachers, schools, and McDonald’s workers under the guise of raising funds
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"You know how these people lie!" 12 Angry Men (1957). (Photo: Screengrab) Jud Lounsbury
Trump’s "Go Back" Racist Epithet; Oh, So Familiar
Trump has dived deep into the septic tank before. But, folks, this is truly a new low
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When Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency in 2016, he would frequently attack the JCPOA as Obama’s folly. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It
The U.S. behavior regarding such international agreements, Macron said, was "insane."
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Raytheon Technologies will have more money to make campaign contributions, more money to hire lobbyists, and more production sites that can be used as leverage over members of Congress loathe to oppose spending on weapons produced in their states or districts. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images) William Hartung
Merger Mania: The Military-Industrial Complex on Steroids
Eisenhower's worst nightmare
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Monday, July 15, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during his 'Made In America' product showcase at the White House July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump talked with American business owners during the 3rd annual showcase, one day after tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their own countries. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump's Latest Tweets Are Not Just Racist, But Part of a Broader Reactionary Attack on the Left
Trump hates immigrants and he hates people of color. But it doesn't stop there. He hates worker rights. He hates journalists, and scientists, and educators. He hates democracy.
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Rather than the story of a Postal Service facing dire financial straits, it is time we see the Postal Service for what it really is: a well-loved public institution that has risen to every challenge and innovated its way to new services even in the face of an unprecedented congressional mandate. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger
How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it
An unprecedented congressional mandate threatens the Postal Service's ability to continue to provide good jobs and universal service
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 The president*, hard on the heels of his apartheid cosplay on the electric Twitter machine, announced a unilateral change in the country's asylum system. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
The President* Is Now Arguing He's the Real Victim of His Own Bigotry
Plus: an assault on asylum and Wilbur Ross is on the chopping block
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The U.S. is brutalizing ordinary Iranians, even as its actions and rhetoric are driving toward a more serious military confrontation. (Photo: Shutterstock) Khury Petersen-Smith
Iran’s Not the Aggressor. The U.S. Is.
If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration "bumbled" into one.
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Congress should quickly pass this bill so these precarious and undervalued jobs can become good, dignified ones. (Photo: Ai-jen Poo
The Workers in Our Homes Deserve Rights
A new bill would give nannies, house cleaners and home care workers long overdue protections
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A firefly lights up at dusk. (Photo: Jeremy_Hogan / Getty Images) Jessica A. Knoblauch
Fireflies’ Glow Could Soon Be Extinguished by Human Actions
Species’ extinction rates are accelerating on a global scale. We need solutions that match the severity of the problem.
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Billionaire candidates often run promising to fix the very problems that their own existence created in the first place.(Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters) Nathan J. Robinson
Why Do Billionaires Keep Presenting Themselves as America's Great New Hope?
From Ross Perot to Tom Steyer, rich megalomaniacs run for president by preying on voters’ disillusionment
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The U.S. Capitol building (Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons) James Zogby
Two Congressional Resolutions That Won’t Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace
The bottom line is that Congress, as much as this and past Administrations, is responsible for the current state of affairs in Israel/Palestine
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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 6, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Pelosi's War on Progressives Risks Another Trump Victory
There are three reasons Trump won, and some of the leading Democrats don't seem to understand any of them
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A woman walks in front of a pro-choice mural relating to the laws regarding abortion in Dublin on May 11, 2018 ahead of a national referendum (Photo: Artur Widak/AFP/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
I Had an Abortion and Now I'm Not Ashamed
The personal is still political. And it's planetary, too.
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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Secretary Pompeo speaks of longstanding international human rights norms as if he's demonstrated a single iota of respect for them, and as if those norms are incongruent with defending human dignity and democratic values. Jamil Dakwar, Sonia Gill
Pompeo’s New "Human Rights" Commission is Up To No Good
This commission isn't fooling anyone
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the High-Level Cooperation Council meeting between the Russian Federation and Turkey on April 8, 2019. Eric Margolis
Turkey Calls Trump's Bluff
Turkey can live without the F-35. It’s too expensive and may be more vulnerable than advertised
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President Donald J. Trump listens as Bob Johnson , founder of the BET and RLJ Companies, addresses his remarks Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at the signing ceremony of the Executive Order to establish the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Julie Hollar
Why Does WaPo See Black as an 'Identity'—but Not Multi-Millionaire?
If the Post wants to talk about the black demographic, why frame its article around an outlier multi-millionaire, rather than the majority of the African-American electorate?
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta listens to President DonaldTrump at the White House May 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Juan Cole
Top 5 Trump Officials Who Resigned Because of Shocking Scandals
The resignation of Trump's Labor secretary, Alex Acosta, is only the most recent in a string of such scandals for Trump. In fact, what with all the things Trump himself has done plus those around him...
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2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition law protest on 7 July 2019 in Tsim Sha Tsui. Reese Erlich
What's Really Going on in Hong Kong?
China and Hong Kong will be struggling for many years to determine exactly what "one country, two systems" really means
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President George Washington as a pilot. Michael Winship
What I Saw at the (American) Revolution
The founders would say Trump mangles the Constitution even worse than he does the English language
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Donald Trump poses for a picture with Jeffrey Epstein in 2000. César Chelala
Children's Trafficking and Exploitation is a Persistent, Dreary Phenomenon
Children's trafficking and exploitation is a widespread phenomenon that is causing enormous suffering throughout the world. It can take several forms such as forced labor, sexual exploitation and child begging, among other practices
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A critical mass boycott could have an effect on Amazon. Valerie Vande Panne
It’s Prime Time to Boycott Amazon
Pledge to boycott Amazon today. Then get what you need from Prime Day
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Saturday, July 13, 2019
The Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) nuclear facility at the the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in 1958. Robert Dodge
60 Years Since the Largest U.S. Nuclear Accident and Captured Federal Agencies
What is needed now is action
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Extinction Rebellion activists temporarily block the A23 at Lewisham Station on June, 14 2019 in London, England. Skeena Rathor
Rebelling From a Nonviolent Heart
Extinction Rebellion is ushering in a comprehensive language of nonviolence
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US Ambassador to David Friedman speaks with US businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson during the opening of an ancient road at the City of David archaeological and tourist site in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem on June 30, 2019. Ori Nir
Religious Fanatics Have Hijacked America's Israel Policy. And They're Not Even Evangelicals
Trump's extremist, maverick pro-settler envoys, David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, aren't resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They're fueling it—and Congress should investigate
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Either Warren or Sanders would be a better bet for reform than Biden. Clair Brown, Simon Sällström
What America Needs to Understand About Capitalism
The United States has the resources to create a better capitalist system, and it is clear which policies can improve wellbeing today and create a more equitable and sustainable economy for future generations. Now the country needs to elect a president and Congress that can build this system
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, seen here in Pisa at a meeting of the Tuscan University Movement in March, owes much of his success to the largesse of American donors, the authors argue. Mary Fitzgerald
The American dark money behind Europe's far right
From Britain to Hungary to Italy, the far right is on the rise. openDemocracy investigations over the past year have revealed the vital role of US Christian conservatives
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Friday, July 12, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images) Samuel Moyn
Can Pompeo Redefine Human Rights for the Trump Era?
The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a laboratory for new collaborations between the religious right and the secular far right
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In March 2010, a rally by thousands of striking USW ... the world. (Photo: United Steelworkers) Leo Gerard
Is There a Global Future for Unions?
For labor to secure gains, in the United States or Canada or anywhere, workers must mobilize. We have to bring everyone together, women, men, poor people, people of color, gay people—all working people
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This whole fandango has been about scaring poor and desperate people. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Charles P. Pierce
The Fear, Like the Cruelty, Is the Point
It's the point of the census fandango and the "massive ICE raids." It's the point of everything the Trump people do
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For survival and for prosperity, what’s needed is an all-hands-on-deck reckoning with the vast scale of the change that is essential. (Photo: Public domain) Steven McFadden
Sleepwalking Into Certain Catastrophe, or Awakening via Agroecology
As people’s access to food, land, water, health care, housing, and education are threatened or destroyed, there will be an intensified need for policies that ensure respect for human, social, economic, and environmental rights
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