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Monday, September 16, 2019
Our vision for a Homes Guarantee is simple: in the wealthiest country in world’s history, we can and we must guarantee that everyone has a home. (Photo: Caelie_Frampton/flickr/cc) Linda Armitage
We Need a Homes Guarantee. Now
A grassroots-led effort aims to ensure every person in the United States has safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing.
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 Liberal voices were largely silent as Israel built new settlements, roads, and infrastructure, seizing Palestinian land and violating their fundamental rights. (Photo: The West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev is pictured in late December, 2016) James Zogby
An Israeli Election That Will Decide Nothing
Both Netanyahu and Blue and White know that they can claim sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, continue to strangle Gaza, expand settlements in the West Bank and "Greater Jerusalem" and nothing will happen.
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The loosely defined proposal for a Green New Deal hits the panic button, American-style, but it does not exactly lay a cornerstone. Which is to say that it avoids prickly issues of land use – generally reserved for states and localities that regularly do battle with sacrosanct private property rights. (Photo: Dave Clark) Catherine Tumber
Land Without Bread: The Green New Deal Forsakes America's Countryside
Missing altogether from the Green New Deal is the language for protecting rural land, the very land that supports the "healthy communities" the Green New Deal aims to cultivate.
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In 2018 a record number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ representatives were elected to Congress, including the first Muslim women. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Reasons for Optimism
Whenever privilege and power conspire to pull us backward, we eventually rally and move forward.
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The Swedish teen Greta Thunberg has become an inspiration to millions of people for a multitude of reasons. (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) Rachel Plotkin
Why Greta Thunberg Inspires Me
I appreciate her reliance on scientific evidence, her unique and direct form of communicating and simplifying complex issues and the way she models a low-carbon lifestyle.
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The F-35 isn't simply a product of the naked greed and power of the military-industrial-congressional complex. In a strange way, it also reflects the ongoing love affair Americans have had with weaponry of every sort. It's about, you might say, the 1.5 trillion ways we worship warplanes and everything they mean to us. (Photo: Forsvarsdepartementet/flickr/cc) William Astore
The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter: A Wasteful Weapon for America's Forever Wars
Lockheed Martin remains top gun in the Pentagon's cockpit.
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When an [intelligence service] uses dirty tricks, provides billions of dollars in weapons to renegade militias and Islamic radicals, overthrows governments and assassinates leaders, leaving in its wake mayhem and disasters it did not foresee, it has failed. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Our Invisible Government
The most powerful and important organs in the invisible government are the nation’s bloated and unaccountable intelligence agencies.
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The Houthis have the most motive of any of these actors, since the Saudis have dropped thousands of bombs on them for nearly four and a half years. (Photo: Saudi Aramco plant in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia/Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters/Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump Awaits Orders From Saudis; and Why the Houthis Could Have Done It
We all kept saying it is dangerous to have an erratic person like Trump in the White House in case there was a major global crisis. This might be it, folks.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Spin Room after the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal
It is instructive when you realize what news outlets are doing when they only give you the "partial score."
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Sunday, September 15, 2019
Demonstrators are seen chanting slogans during the global climate strike in March 2019. In September 2019, thousands of people from all over the world plan to rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the climate strike movement, which teenaged advocate Greta Thunberg began last year. Peter Kalmus
How to Live With the Climate Crisis Without Becoming a Nihilist
'Today, despite all the grim climate news, I actually feel more optimistic than ever.'
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Israelis walk by a Likud Party billboard shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US President Donald Trump on August 5, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel to return to polls on September 17 after Netanyahu fails to form goverment. Ariel Gold
Israel: Two Elections, One Apartheid State
Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel’s last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu’s Likud...
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Non-Oligarchs David Koch and Charles G Koch Alan MacLeod
Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’
In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires
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John Lansing, now CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), talked about the operations of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees United States government-supported, civilian international news media such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Marti, and Alhurra. He explained how he planned to reshape U.S. media operations to better fit the current media environment, including how to address propaganda by countries such as Russia and China and stateless actors suc Laura Flanders
From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing's Glass House
I don’t know about you, but I take a teeny weeny bit of offense when a guy in a glass house lobs a great big stone and expects me not to notice the sound of shattering. Which brings me to National...
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Another World is Possible Robert Freeman
Teaching Democrats to Talk About Socialism
It doesn’t matter who the Democratic nominee for president is next year, they will be attacked for being “socialist.” It will be relentless and merciless. The problem is that none of the current...
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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Greta Thunberg joins activists outside the United Nations during a protest on September 6, 2019 in New York. Naomi Klein
Maxime Bernier Attacked Greta Thunberg’s Autism. Naomi Klein Says Autism Made the Teen a Global Voice of Conscience
Maxime Bernier wants us to think he is sorry. The leader of the extremist People’s Party of Canada had tweeted that Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is “clearly mentally unstable. Not only...
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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) talks to journalists with fellow Republicans (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  at the U.S. Capitol March 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. Kathleen Romig, Kathleen Bryant
Cutting Social Security to Offset Paid Parental Leave Would Weaken Retirement Security
Two recently introduced bills allowing workers to trade part of their future Social Security retirement benefits for parental leave benefits after the birth or adoption of a child would undercut...
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The list of problems getting buried by money is nearly endless.  Gun control; health care; a living wage; the high cost of education; endless war; each is rooted in the power of the oligarch’s coup, and each is a function of money in politics. John Atcheson
The Plutocratic War on People: Centrists and Conservatives are Ignoring the Giant Elephant in Our National Living Room
The best analogy I can think of to characterize what passes for political “debate” in America these days, is a bunch of people stuck in a rubber life raft with a big leak hissing away, drifting in...
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Let’s reconsider the idea of mandatory public service: citizens serving others in need. Volker Franke
Me First and the Loss of Compassion
America stands at a crossroads today. Terrorism and nuclear proliferation, immigration, climate change or the growing gap between rich and poor reveal policy priorities that increasingly segregate...
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https://sibirtrans.ru/ Ann Wright
From A Russian: Our Planet is So Small that We Must Live in Peace
Traveling to Yakutsk in Far East Russia
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Democratic Debate's Top Ten in Texas
Candidates debate guns—and much more—in an open carry state.
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Friday, September 13, 2019
Julie Hollar, Jim Naureckas
ABC Democratic Debate Lowlights
Judging the candidates is one thing, but the quality of the questions was hardly inspiring.
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Afghan children look on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on December 19, 2009. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
#NeverForget the War in Afghanistan
Let's remember: the only reason U.S. troops are dying in Afghanistan is because they are deployed to Afghanistan
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For over 130 straight weeks, activists in North Carolina have protested the policies of Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who faces re-election next year in one of the three Senate races in Southern states where Democrats stand the best chance of winning. (Photo: Tuesdays With Tillis/Facebook) Rebekah Barber
How the South Could Help Flip the US Senate
Flipping any of these seats will not come easy for Democrats, but real organizing and political investment is the only way
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People take part in the demonstration 'Fridays for Future' in Piazza del Popolo, on April 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Simona Granati-Corbis/Getty Images) Austyn Gaffney
They Can’t Vote Yet, But Youths Are Ready to #ClimateStrike
We’re hurtling toward collapse. Thank goodness your kids are paying attention.
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Ralph Nader
Avalanche-Level Liar Trump Learned Art of Deception From the Pros: US Corporations
Before there was Trump there was a corporate stranglehold on false claims and campaigns that had a singular purpose to mislead
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Sam Husseini
Biden Takes Iraq Lies to the Max at Democratic Debate
When so much was on the line, what the former vice president did when he was in the U.S. Senate was to help ensure war happened while trying to wash his hands of responsibility for it
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Juan Cole
Looks Like Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cell Phones and Trump Was Fine With It
If you were in FBI counterintelligence and you found Israeli StingRays all over downtown DC and you told the president about it and he blew you off, you’d really have no further option but to go to the press.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
It is a false logic that turns workers into idlers, imagines welfare abusers when in fact immigrants sustain the care economy with their labor and their taxes, and sees the victims of neocolonial trade policies as invading criminals.  (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Sarah E. Parker, Jorge Majfud
The Latin American Migration Crisis Was Born Out of Greed and Myths About Race
In Unwanted People , historian Aviva Chomsky’s essays explore the roots of this violent history.
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Although broadcast TV news generally does a subpar job of covering climate change, ABC has fared considerably worse than its counterparts, airing less climate coverage than CBS and NBC every year since 2013, according to a Media Matters study. (Photo: Ceci Freed / Media Matters) Evlondo Cooper, Ted MacDonald
ABC's History of Poor Climate Coverage Doesn't Bode Well for the Next Presidential Primary Debate
Good news: There are a few easy ways the moderators can make the climate crisis a substantive and informative part of the debate.
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It’s time to talk about democracy. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) David Daley, Adam Eichen
It’s Time to Talk About Our Broken Democracy. Will Tonight's Democratic Debate Moderators Step Up?
We need a candidate to push for protecting democracy as fiercely as Jay Inslee did for addressing climate change.
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Art at Friendship Park on the Tijuana-San Diego border. (Photo: Judy Rohrer) Judy Rohrer
"The Stakes for Asylum Seekers Could Not Be Higher"
Wednesday's ruling by the Supreme Court underscores the need for stories about the experiences of real people at the border.
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If he can be made to look hesitant, frail, and confused, that is likely to spark some fear in Biden supporters that he simply wouldn't be able to handle a gruelling campaign and presidency. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) Ryan Cooper
Can Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Dent Biden's Electability Edge?
Somebody better lay a glove on him, and soon.
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Those who are without power—the poor, the indigenous, the uprooted—are at the mercy of heartless authority, no matter that the authority has global limits. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Altruists of the World Unite!
We have managed to divide the planet into a bunch of nation-states that, with a very few exceptions, maintain standing armies to protect themselves from other nation-states and view national sovereignty as their highest, and perhaps only, political value.
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Not only do corporate media credulously assume that the US has always been interested in peace, conveniently forgetting that the US rejected offers from the Taliban to hand Osama bin Laden over and surrender soon after the invasion. (Photo: US Marine Corps/Sgt. Mark Fayloga) Joshua Cho
On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About ‘Premature’ End to Afghan War
The Afghans are one of the least happy populations ever recorded. Yet corporate media’s propagandistic coverage discourages the US from doing the one thing that might help change that: get out.
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The rest of the mainstream media, which can often be lazy, has adopted this framing of abolishing private insurance or not as the biggest issue when it comes to healthcare. It only scares voters for no reason, and helps Trump’s reelection chances. (Photo: Screenshot) Miles Mogulescu
Can Debate Moderators Stop Parroting GOP Talking Points?
Let’s hope that tonight’s moderators from ABC and Univision for the third debate—this means you, George Stephanopoulos, Jorge Ramos, Linsey Davis, and David Muir—will ask more more honest questions which clarify the issues, instead of ginning up false controversy.
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We're in a climate emergency and we must resist. (Photo: Greenpeace) Piper
Why I'm Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S.
"I don't want to see every single corner of this country be exploited for fossil fuels while communities are being torn apart by oil spills, chemical fires, and more extreme floods, fires, droughts, and storms."
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 Under the prodding of Mike Pompeo, the White House increasingly views the Arctic as a key arena for future great-power competition, with the ultimate prize being an extraordinary trove of valuable resources, including oil, natural gas, uranium, zinc, iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Michael Klare
The Pompeo Doctrine: A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic
How to seize the Arctic’s resources, now accessible due to climate change (just don’t mention those words!)
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A climate activist holds a sign reading 'Youth strike 4 climate' in front of a banner reading 'Climate justice' during a Fridays For Future strike for climate protection that is part of 'SMILE for Future' event. More than 450 young climate activists from different European countries gathered to attend the summit 'SMILE for Future', that stands for Summer Meeting in Lausanne Europe. The aim of the summit is to reinforce the links between the participants of the European Youth Climate Strike movement and to d Rosa Pavanelli
Unions: We Must Back the Climate Strike!
Now is the time to show the next generation that unions are the force for progressive change in the 21st Century.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Zachary Norris is executive director at Ella Baker Center and co-founder of Restore Oakland. (Photo: Brooke Anderson) Deonna Anderson
What to Build Instead of Prisons
In Oakland, social justice groups are fighting the prison industrial complex through renovated space dedicated to restorative justice and community building.
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There are stockpiles of research finding that incarceration has dramatically increased without yielding large crime-reduction benefits for the country — and has in fact harmed communities and torn apart families. Not only that, but in states where prison rates have fallen, the crime rates have fallen as well. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty) Lauren-Brooke Eisen
The 1994 Crime Bill and Beyond: How Federal Funding Shapes the Criminal Justice System
The 1994 crime bill has a complicated legacy, dominated by funding incentives blamed for driving mass incarceration. A quarter century later, there are numerous proposals to undo the damage.
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Construction workers employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1942. (Photo: Shutterstock) Tim Butterworth
'Socialism' Made America Great
The GOP hopes the S-word will scare you, but great public works projects transformed this country for the better.
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Habib (standing, left) serves fruit at a meeting for parents at a “Street Kids School” meeting. Six years ago, Afghan Peace Volunteers members befriended Habib after his father had been killed when a bomb exploded in Kabul. His colleague Masoma is in the background. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Kathy Kelly
A Morning in Afghanistan
Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism, and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.
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It’s tempting to look for easy ways to fix big problems by trimming around the edges to avoid making the real changes you don’t want to make. Tempting, but not feasible. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
It’s Not About Your Straws or Your Light Bulbs
Polluting industries want you to think the climate crisis is your fault, not theirs.
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 One should avoid wrecking key ecosystems, but if the energy payoff is sufficiently high, it still might be worth doing, because if climate change is not stopped the ecosystem will be wrecked anyway. (Photo: Illustrated | Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Screenshot/The New Yorker) Ryan Cooper
What It Will Take to Actually Fight Climate Change
The technology is very largely there. All that is missing is the energy, commitment, and international coordination.
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The National Security Council had been the principal forum for consideration of key policies for 72 years. Bolton destroyed it in 17 months. (Christopher Halloran via Shutterstock) Joseph Cirincione
The Catastrophic Tenure of John Bolton
Trump created the storm, but Bolton aimed it expertly. An aerial view of the White House post-Bolton would reveal a devastated landscape.
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On the battleground of public relations, Business Roundtable (the chief lobbing front for America's biggest corporations) has declared its solidarity with all of us who seek economic fairness and equal opportunity. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Why Would We Trust Plutocrats to Save Us From Plutocracy?
They're still going to plunder your unions, paychecks, jobs, health, environment and overall well-being. The only difference is that they now want you to think they feel bad about it.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Trump and his cronies have shown present and future politicians how much corruption the Republican Party and the public will tolerate, and it’s a very bad sign for the future of the American experiment. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
To Save the Republic, Some of Trump’s Allies and Appointees Will Have to Face Federal Prosecution
The biggest danger Trump poses to America is normalizing corruption for future administrations.
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Warming of 3 or more degrees C would—literally—create a world that is alien to human experience. (Photo: Screenshot/Tumblr) John Atcheson
What Corporate Media and the Neoliberal Establishment Can't Admit About the Climate Emergency
The crisis is already upon us, but the media refuses to cover it as the clear and present danger it is now, and the virtual apocalypse it will soon be without immediate, urgent, global action.
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As we face endless wars and the climate emergency with dwindling resources available to humanity, and while famines and lack of water become paramount as facts of life in ways we are not prepared for, those of us who hold to an ideal of a common humanity will have to confront these greatest of challenges. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Mary Hladky, Thea Paneth
"We Must Learn to Live Together as Brothers or Perish as Fools"
By uniting as a common humanity, we can ultimately address the enormous challenges facing us.
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The loss of forest cover in the Amazon would affect not only the world’s climate, but also the local climate in Brazil and neighboring countries, leading to less rainfall, and adversely affecting its agriculture. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Prabir Purkayastha
White Nationalism and Crony Capitalism Are the Sparks That Started Fires in the Amazon
The right only denies global warming because its climate ‘science’ has surrendered to capitalists.
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The political response remains positively inept, with a climate denier in the White House, an Amazon-destroyer in Brazil, and an EU besotted by the Brexit shambles. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Andy Rowell
Climate Deniers' Response to Climate Crisis: "There Is No Climate Emergency"
Meanwhile there is daily evidence that our climate is spiralling out of control, with unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic, the Amazon, and Africa.
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Amazon Watch, a California-based organization that works in concert with indigenous and environmental groups, issued a report earlier this year documenting the dozens of companies that stand to make money as Bolsonaro strips regulations in Brazil. (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace) Negin Owliaei, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson
Activists Follow the Money Fueling Amazon Fires
Protesters around the world are singling out the bad actors profiting off deforestation.
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Populists Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden, not because they perform better on their feet but because they have the more compelling story of what ails America. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Robert Kuttner
There’s a Reason Populists Like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are Gaining on Joe Biden
The problem with a centrist politics of returning America to "normal," as Biden commends, is that normal meant a four-decades slide in the living standards for most Americans. That brand of normal brought us Donald Trump.
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While it is easy to create enemies, it is much harder to understand the “other", a necessary approach if we wish to eliminate conflict and honor the desire for peace and security of all people in the world. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) César Chelala
9/11: A Day that Changed the World
One of the lessons to be drawn from that tragedy is that violence begets violence and intolerance breeds intolerance.
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An American soldier on patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan. When the U.S. leaves Afghanistan our position will be: We’re outta here; you guys sort this out. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images ) Andrew Bacevich
Trump’s Afghanistan 'Peace' Will Be Vietnam All Over Again: A Mess America Leaves Behind
Leaving a misguided war, American-style
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Monday, September 9, 2019
Joshua Cho
Biden Invokes Dead Family Members Against Medicare for All and Corporate Media Plays Along
Many outlets uncritically transmitted the ad's message as if it were merely a campaign strategy, instead of explaining what Biden, Sanders and Warren's proposals actually are, and clarifying for voters whether Biden's charges against his primary opponents are accurate.
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We need leaders who will support the crucial scientific work of federal agencies and have the moral courage to resist attempts to politicize scientific communication. NOAA leadership just abdicated this responsibility. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Gretchen Goldman
NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement
The National Weather Service has worked hard to build its reputation locally and nationally. The administration and NOAA leadership tore that down in one shameful memo.
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Boris Johnson is not an ideologue. He is a man who cares, ultimately, about his own reckless pursuit of power. (Photo: Michael Kappeler/Picture Alliance via Getty Images) Liam Kennedy
Boris Johnson,Voice of the People? Give Me a Break.
As the UK moves towards a People vs. Parliament election, the elitist defender of the big banks will need quite a transformation.
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Gender equity policy is also smart health policy. (Photo: Marc Nozell/Flickr/cc) Patricia Homan
New Abortion Laws Contribute to Sexist Environments That Harm Everyone’s Health
The key implication of my research on structural sexism is that gender inequality in the U.S. is not only a human rights issue, but also a public health problem.
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The Taliban have made further advances this year, even this month. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump-Taliban Talks Like Those With N. Korea—A Photo Op on the Deck of the Titanic
The Taliban don’t think they are losing, because they are not.
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Today, Libya is again—or rather, still—a country at war. (Photo: Reuters) Nick Turse
How to Read a Broken Body: Literature in an Era of Endless War
"I'm never going to be well. I still have pain."
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Michael Winship
Is Labor Coming Back to Life?
A conversation with author Steven Greenhouse on history and reviving American unions
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Capitalists go to absurd lengths to lie about capitalism’s true nature. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The Capitalists Are Afraid
They know the reigning ideology of neoliberalism no longer has any credibility. Its lies have been exposed. They also know they are to blame.
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo:  Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out for Sharing Critical, Accurate Information About Joe Biden
For the bulk of the party leadership who remain in sync with the current frontrunner, self-critical assessments are essentially off-limits.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019
Young people at a concert. Motivating youth—who are largely irreligious—to vote could bring about positive change. James A. Haught
Prodding the Irreligious Left to Vote
If atheists and agnosticis could be induced to participate more strongly in elections, America's moral climate would improve
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Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. Sam Knight
The Jack Lew Problem
Jack Lew was the sort of knife-by-spreadsheet wonk that Warren campaigned to confront during her 2012 run for senate in Massachusetts—so why did she vote to confirm him?
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The struggle is not—nor should it be—between Easterners and Westerners; the struggle is between tolerance and imposition, between diversity and homogenization, between respect for the other and scorn and his annihilation. Jorge Majfud
The Slow Suicide of the West
What is more Western than democracy and concentration camps?
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Climate strikers in Seattle. Heather Price
From Scientist to Activist
A personal journey to the climate strike
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on April 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reese Erlich
Foreign Correspondent: Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Don't hold your breath
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Saturday, September 7, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd during the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention on June 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. Esha Krishnaswamy
Climate Minimizers Don't Deny Climate Change—But Find Endless Reasons to Reject Sanders' Plan to Stop It
Instead of consulting obviously conflicted think tank experts to speculate about hypotheticals, these pieces could have looked at the polls: 69% of registered voters, including 44% of Republican voters would support the Green New Deal, according to a recent study by Yale University
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Christopher Brauchli
Betsy DeVos, Redux
It's a win-win for everyone but the defrauded students
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School lunch programs have been critical for feeding kids. Karen Dolan
US Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry
One might wonder why politicians would want to literally take healthy food out of the mouths of hungry school children
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A protester is seen during a climate change demonstration holding a placard that says, 'There Is No Planet B.' Julie Hollar
CNN Town Hall Went Deep on Climate Crisis—But Was Anyone Listening?
The moments in which CNN hosts tried to be "tough" on candidates were largely based on Republican talking points, like how much their plans would cost (ignoring how much inaction would cost), and whether Americans would be "forced" to drive electric cars or give up meat
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Democrats need to use the tools available in a rapidly changing digital landscape to reach 2020 voters. Scott Goodstein
Democratic Candidates Must Communicate Differently to Impress a New Generation of Voters
And they need to start now
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Friday, September 6, 2019
A Palestinian student takes a selfie during his graduation ceremony at the end of the academic year on May 20, 2016 at Birzeit University in the West Bank town of Birzeit, near Ramallah. / AFP / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images) David Klein
Boycotts, Benjamins, and America’s University Leaders
The current boycott is not a denial of academic freedom, but rather an exercise of it by scholars from around the world who choose not to collaborate with Israeli state institutions complicit in Israel’s apartheid policies.
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 Aerial view of damage after Hurricane Dorian passed through on Sept. 5 in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian hit the island chain as a category 5 storm battering them for two days before moving north. (Photo: Jose Jimenez / Getty Images) Olivia Rosane
As Dorian Lashes the Carolinas, the Bahamas Grapple With 'Unimaginable' Losses
Hurricanes are becoming more extreme and destructive because of the climate crisis.
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Trump administration is launching a direct attack on California’s long held authority to clean up vehicle pollution. (Photo: Prayitno/Flickr) Don Anair
Trump Administration Goes After States for Protecting the Environment
The Trump administration is launching a direct attack on California’s long held authority to clean up vehicle pollution.
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Bush’s tough guy image worked magic in both of his elections, so no one pointed out the danger of his toxically masculine rhetoric. (Photo: USCG/Telfair H. Brown/public domain) Donald McCarthy
The Tough Guy Presidencies
If Trump is the current iteration of the tough guy president, then what would the next iteration be? Some would have you believe it cannot be any worse than Trump. Those people would be wrong.
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Industry and its allies say fracked gas is a climate solution. It’s not. (Photo: Moms Clean Air Force via Flickr) David Suzuki, Ian Hanington
Fracked Gas Heats the Planet, But Supporters Say It’s a Solution
The best way to address climate disruption is… burn more fossil fuels? It doesn’t make sense, but that’s what industry, media and governments want us to believe.
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New York Times depiction (8/26/19) of David Koch, a "generous benefactor of hospitals and museums." Olivia Riggio
NYT Remembers David Koch More as 'Philanthropist' Than Polluter
Rather than detailing the toxic legacy Koch left behind, the obituary quickly went back to describing Koch’s extroverted personality, his reputation as "a playboy whose penthouse parties were attended by models," and his relative success running for president as a Libertarian candidate in 1980.
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Drought-ravaged agricultural land in Central Europe. (Photo: Shutterstock) Conn Hallinan
Climate Catastrophe Comes for Europe
This year’s floods and heat waves are but a fraction of what awaits the continent—unless a growing climate mobilization succeeds.
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New data shows a grim outlook for U.S. jobs. The answer is more unions. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  Heidi Shierholz
The Future of U.S. Jobs Looks Bleak. Unions Are the Answer.
Labor Statistics project that six of the ten occupations expected to have the most total job growth over the next decade pay less than $27,000 a year.
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If love is indeed an indicator of true religion, then let us choose love. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Karen Kinney
At the Dividing Line Between the U.S. and Mexico, Two Very Different Visions of God Meet
It would seem that "the God who blesses America," at least the one called upon by politicians in recent years, comes with many strings attached and a well-entrenched belief system designed to protect those who already possess the most.
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Congress should address our nation’s looming retirement income crisis by increasing Social Security’s modest benefits. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy J. Altman
Joni Ernst Wants to Cut Social Security Behind Closed Doors
Republicans, Democrats and Independents, of all ages, races and genders, overwhelmingly agree. We understand that Social Security is more important than ever. We overwhelmingly reject any cuts to its modest benefits.
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Thursday, September 5, 2019
Mark Schlosberg
Confronting the Climate Crisis—Why We Need Bernie Sanders' Green New Deal
We cannot confront the climate emergency—we cannot avoid the worst of rapidly unfolding climate chaos—if we do not stop our headlong rush to expand fossil fuel extraction and burning.
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Charter schools are funded through public education dollars, just like traditional public schools. Can they then function as if they were private real estate holders, with the freedom to knock down or otherwise alter buildings as they see fit? (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Sarah Lahm
Why 2020 Dems Should Target the Nonprofit Charter School Industry
A battle over a beloved church building in the Twin Cities reveals how money can be made from charter school real estate deals.
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Soy production for foreign markets, coupled with far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro’s gutting of environmental protection agencies, are two drivers of the current, catastrophic increase in fires and deforestation. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Brian Mier
As Brazil Burns, Northern Media Deploy a Strategy of Deflection
Instead of handwringing about the tragedy while trying to shift the blame, or acting like these devastating fires will somehow fight poverty, journalists should work harder to explain the role Northern business groups have in the process, and encourage boycotts against companies like Cargill.
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A prominent Donald Trump sign on display in West Des Moines, Iowa in 2016. (Photo: Tony Webster/cc/flickr) John Atcheson
Neoliberal Democrats Need to Stop Blaming the Internet and Take Some Responsibility for 2016
Perhaps we could let go of past failures more easily if it didn't look like many powerful forces were so eager to repeat them
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Corporations like Aircastle use tax shelters like Bermuda or Mauritius to legally avoid millions in taxes that would otherwise support services in countries where they do business. (Photo: Shutterstock) William Minter
Corporations Getting to Zero With GOP's Inside Help on Tax Avoidance
The GOP has made it easier than ever for companies to pay $0 in taxes. A Connecticut-based airplane company shows it was already too easy.
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Protests marched against the state visit of US President Donald Trump on 4th June 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images Images) Tom Engelhardt
Invasion! When Donald Trump Attacks Planet Earth
Who are the real invaders in these troubled times?
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National policy, especially for the world’s dominant superpower, is based on the threat of unrelenting force. Ordinary citizens have begun to hold the nation, and its military, accountable. (Photo: @kingsbayplow7/Twitter) Robert C. Koehler
Defying the Nuclear Sword
National policy, especially for the world’s dominant superpower, is based on the threat of unrelenting force.
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He should request reassignment or resign for more significant journalistic challenges. He really doesn’t need the money anymore. (Photo: NBC) Ralph Nader
Chuck Todd, Labor Day, and Getting Serious
Todd has allowed his hands to be tied with golden handcuffs.
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Anti-war demonstration in New York City on the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, October 7 2017. (Photo: Erik McGregor/SIPA USA/PA Images) Medea Benjamin
Should We Feed Hungry Children, or the War Machine?
Every dollar of public money financing US militarism abroad is a dollar that could fight hunger, homelessness, or climate change.
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Legislators are easy to buy in a poor state. The Waltons own quite a few. (Photo: OUR Walmart) Diane Ravitch
The Walton Family Plot to Privatize the Public Schools of Arkansas
Have they no shame?
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Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (l), Ayanna Pressley (c), and Rashida Tlaib have shown that progressive lawmakers can be elected if they mount serious and compelling campaigns. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) Norman Solomon
To Win Power, Progressives Must Embrace 'Primary' as a Verb
Insurgent progressives need a lot more allies elected to Congress as well as colleagues who feel rising heat from the left in their districts.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
An illustration of the burning Amazon rainforest. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Burning Down the House
Far-right governments in the U.S., UK, and Brazil are laying bare their nihilistic roots and full destructive potential.
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The biggest winners of the last decade, in terms of income and wealth growth, have not been even the richest 1 percent, but the richest one-tenth of 1 percent. (Phone: Shutterstock) Chuck Collins
Tax the Rich Before the Rest
Candidates should pledge that the middle class won't pay $1 more in new taxes until billionaires put up at least $1 trillion.
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Protesters in Philadelphia after the 2016 presidential election dispute the results. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by more than a million votes, but won the electoral college. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Chris Winters
What If We Made the Electoral College Moot?
Twice in 20 years, a president has won office without winning the popular vote. A new movement is looking to change that.
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Timothy Karr
A Pivot to Digital Shouldn't Spell the End of Local News
By vowing to increase support for public media and dedicate funds to newsgathering, a proposal put forth by Bernie Sanders is raising a question that's rarely come up in political debates: How can policymakers intervene to help revitalize local news and put journalists back to work?
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It’s not immigrants who are taking from us. It’s Trump. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Get Ready for Unnatural Disasters This Hurricane Season
The Trump administration is moving money away from disaster relief to lock up more immigrants.
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