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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
A U.S. Army poster shows a romanticized view of the four-day battle of Bagsak Mountain on Jolo Island in the Philippines, June 11-15, 1913. (Photo: Wikipedia) Danny Sjursen
Remembering America’s First (and Longest) Forgotten War on Tribal Islamists
The Moro War: It was "progress" all the way then, too.
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There is ample room to change the quality of growth, to reduce its environmental impact significantly.  (Photo: via Earth Island Journal) Joseph Stiglitz
Is Growth Passé?
Some suggest that the Paris climate agreement’s target for limiting global warming can be achieved only by stopping economic expansion. But there is ample room to change the quality of growth and significantly reduce its environmental impact without condemning billions of people to lives of...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts, speaks about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., December 10, 2019. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Rachel M. Cohen
Trump’s North America Trade Deal Is Poised to Worsen Climate Change—But Dems Don’t Seem To Mind
“We cannot simultaneously claim to fight climate change on one hand and enact climate-denying trade deals on the other."
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After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. Instead, Sanders has bounced back stronger than ever, according to two new polls.(Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Media Taking Notice as Sanders Surges in New Polls
It looks like the media might finally have to take Sanders seriously.
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Pro-Israeli flacks have painted all 2 million Palestinians in Gaza as “terrorists” because Hamas dominates the politics of the Strip. (Photo: Tijen Erol) Juan Cole
Israeli Blockade of Gaza Causing Contaminated Water, 25% of Illnesses and 12% of Infant Deaths
Under the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of Occupied populations, it is a war crime for Israel to impose collective punishment on all Palestinians in Gaza to get at Hamas.
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The result of this reckless and ruthless course is a country ever more divided. (Photo: Getty) Jesse Jackson
Trump Is Leading a Revolution That Is Destroying America
He has decided the presidency is above the law, as well as beyond the reach of Congress and courts.
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Warren and Sanders know the system is rigged and that economic and political power must be reallocated from a corporate-Wall Street elite to the vast majority. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
America’s Next President: Warren Sanders
If the backers of both Sanders and Warren eventually come together behind one of them, they’ll have the votes to take the White House, and even flip the Senate.
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Cuba Delegation in Havana. (Photo:CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin
Five Years After Obama’s Cuba Opening, Cubans Are Reeling From the "Trump Effect"
Trump’s policies are making life harder for Cuba’s 10 million people.
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"Medicare for All," writes Burger, "would eliminate the cost barrier that disproportionately affects communities of color with higher rates of no insurance or underinsurance." (Photo: National Nurses United) Deborah Burger
Medicare for All Will Boost the Fight for Racial Justice in Health Care
Transformation of our health care system to a more humane model based on health care as a human right, not profits and ability to pay would sharply reduce systemic and institutional racial disparities.
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Monday, December 16, 2019
When Bernie Sanders campaigned on his plan in 2016, he was seen as a disruptor but not necessarily a threat. That much, very clearly, has changed. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Kreidler
Industry Seeks to Flatline Universal Health Care
A deeply funded lobbying group is out to kill Medicare for All. Its ideological roots run back to the Truman era.
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These reckless marketeers are able to get away with this because Congress and the White House have disabled the FAA and turned it from a safety watchdog into an industry lapdog, leaving Boeing free to self-certify its planes. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Boeing’s Perilous Bungling Requires New Leadership
Boeing has displayed an egregious pattern of mismanagement.
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The time to act, to educate, to build stronger movements, to scale up our best practices, to gain political power, is now. (Photo: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Ronnie Cummins
'We Need Total System Change': A Letter from Santiago, Chile
Without mass grassroots awareness and collective action, without a political revolution—the billionaires and corporations will destroy us all.
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A Superfund site on the left, and the Waukegancoal plant that has been polluting groundwater with coal ash. (Photo: Derrick Z. Jackson) Derrick Z. Jackson
Toxic Injustice and the Green New Deal
Priority for abused communities must pervade every aspect of a Green New Deal.
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Warren argued throughout for increased funding for public education, funded by her proposed wealth tax. (Photo: Public Education Forum in Pittsburgh) Carol Burris
Rating the 2020 Democrats at This Weekend's Education Forum
Support was voiced by the candidates for community schools, increased school funding for Title I schools, increased pay for teachers, support for unions, fully-funded pre-schools, increasing the number of teachers of color, student loan forgiveness, and other equity issues which have commonly...
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren greet each other at the start of the Democratic presidential debate at the Fox Theatre on July 30, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Progressives Need a United Front for Sanders and Warren
The need is for supporters to openly explain reasons for preferring Warren or Sanders while avoiding the start of a mutual demolition derby. In the process of strengthening progressive forces, it’s vital to defeat corporate Democrats, before proceeding to defeat Donald Trump.
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In 2019, Pentagon spending is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts and may soon be—adjusted for inflation—twice the Cold War average. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc) William Hartung
Lessons From Battling the Pentagon for Four Decades
The stubborn persistence of the military-industrial state.
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The decay and rupture of the social bonds that once held our societies together have unleashed the dark pathologies of opioid, alcohol and gambling addictions and led to an explosion of hate crimes and mass shootings, along with suicide. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Hope Lies in the Streets
Economic tyranny lies at the root of the unrest in Hong Kong, India, Chile, France, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon as well as the rise of right-wing demagogues and false prophets such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Sunday, December 15, 2019
Ivy Brashear
The Lies We're Told About Appalachia
The old exploitative images are indelible: out of work, White, needy. They obscure the region’s diversity and long tradition of activism.
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Rivera Sun
What's the Secret to Success for Nonviolent Movements? Try Solidarity.
Instead of "going it alone," movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from aligned organizations and groups.
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Unicorn Riot
ICE Case Management Handbook Based on Federal Law Enforcement "System of Systems"
"Dossier and tracking databases designed by U.S. corporations have been a key instrument of social control for the U.S. government since at least the colonial occupation of the Philippines."
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Thomas Drake
How a Government Censored an NSA Whistleblower
"I viewed the extraordinary pressure to block me as an already-accepted speaker as a most alarming and Orwellian development."
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Larry Beinhart
Drugs, Guns, and Despair: How America Is Killing Americans
The free market economy has pushed the American population to the brink.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Michael Schwalbe
Medicare for All or Profits for a Few
On a level democratic playing field, the for-profit healthcare industry’s fear mongering would gain little traction, as its talking points are easily refuted.
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Asa Winstanley
Don't Let the Smears That Sank Corbyn Tank Bernie Sanders
"Labour’s worst performance since 1983 carries an important lesson for the grassroots left-wing campaign in the United States to elect Bernie Sanders as president: You must defeat false anti-Semitism smears at all costs."
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Brian Wakamo
Postal Pay Cuts Provoked a General Strike in Finland. US Postal Workers Deserve the Same Solidarity.
The prime minister resigned over the nationwide protests, catapulting a 34-year-old woman into Finland’s top job.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Perry and the Tweet
"It all made sense thanks to a simple trumpian tweet..."
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Sarah Anderson, Sanho Tree
Danny Glover Supports Landmark Reparations Fund in Chicago Suburb
The Hollywood actor spoke at an Evanston town hall in support of a new policy to use revenue from marijuana legalization to narrow racial economic gaps.
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Danica Jorden
Bolsonaro’s Revisionist History of Brazil
The Brazilian government announced the creation of a new video series with which it intends to "combat leftist ideas" and offer a false narrative of Brazilian history.
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Friday, December 13, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday delivered a fiery attack on the FBI during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into report produced by the DOJ Inspector General over the probe into 2016 election interference by the Russian government. (Photo: Getty Images) John Atcheson
The Influence of Liars and the Failure of Corporate Media
Why does the "big lie" work? For one thing, there's big money it.
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The broadcaster's exit poll results projected on the outside of the BBC building in London shows Jeremy Corbyn's opposition Labour Party predicted to win 191 seats and lose the general election as the ballots begin to be counted in the general election on December 12, 2019. (Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP / via Getty Images) Peter Bloom
UK Election Shows Progressive Must Have More Than Great Policies, They Need to Win
There is no way to spin the results of this election as anything other than disastrous. So what should be done?
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Attempts to create rules to avoid, say, crippling blocks and tackles have generally been met by howls of anguish from chickenhawk fans who cried out: don’t sissify football. (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
The Six Ways the NFL Groomed Us for President Trump
Still going to watch the Super Bowl?
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2019 with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Marcie Wells
I Have 'Some of the Best' Health Insurance a Union Member Can Get, But I Would Trade It Today for Medicare for All
Earlier this month, I witnessed a paid Culinary 226 Union organizer heckle Bernie Sanders and I haven't stopped wondering why
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"What happens if a movement is able to help people see how they’re being played against each other?" he asked. "You could reset the entire political calculus." (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Greg Kaufmann
Trump’s Hunger Games
More damage to our nation’s most successful anti-hunger program is on the horizon.
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In the first two decades after its release, methane traps over 85 times more heat in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2). (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Hasan Seede
The Recent Natural Gas Blowout in South Texas Highlights the Need for Strong Regulation
The proposed rollback of existing methane standards would allow oil and gas wells to release both methane and VOCs with virtually no control.
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Sonali Kolhatkar
Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie
The important question today is: Will the Afghanistan Papers bring about the end of the longest war?
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Such outlets, after all, don’t care as much about winning elections as they do about blocking the threat of a progressive political movement. (Photo: FAIR) Joshua Cho
For Corporate Media, Voters Are Obstacle to Buttigieg’s Centrist Rise
The alleged "Buttigieg boom" may now be crumbling under the candidate’s stubborn opacity around his funders and great swaths of his career, as well as the entry into the field of fellow smug centrist Michael Bloomberg.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Donald Trump has clearly met that standard. He is the nightmare the Founders dreaded. (Photo: WorkingFamiliesParty) Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: Democrats Go Surgical and Small on Impeachment
The Trump articles comprise a narrative of corruption, and on close inspection may not be as constrained as they appear at first glance.
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Activists with New Virginia Majority are among those working in states across the South for wide-reaching pro-democracy reforms. (Photo courtesy of New Virginia Majority.) Chris Kromm
Southern States Take Up Fight For Bold Democracy Reforms
Pro-democracy advocates are tapping a deep well of frustration with the status quo, and creating a blueprint for a more vibrant democracy.
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Michael Bloomberg's presidential run is a gambit to stifle progressives. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Centrists Don’t Want "Party Unity"—They Want to Defend the Wealthy
Attacks by moderate Democrats on Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are really about defending corporate power and structural inequality.
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Paul Volcker. (Third Way Think Tank / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Ellen Brown
Paul Volcker’s Long Shadow
Unfortunately for Volcker’s legacy and the well-being of the rest of us, his signature policies led to the devastation of the American working class in the 1980s and ultimately set the stage for the 2008 global financial crisis.
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Manuel Perez Rocha speaks on the 20th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests. Manuel Pérez Rocha
We Need a Progressive Alternative on Trade—and NAFTA 2.0 Isn’t It
Here’s what a progressive trade agenda that actually protects people and planet would actually look like.
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Demonstrators wearing masks of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson take part in a protest for keeping the National Health Service (NHS) publicly owned outside Downing Street in central London.  (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media) Astra Taylor
British Voters Are Terrified of US Companies Privatizing the NHS. They Should Be.
The US healthcare machine raked in $100bn last year—and CEOs are salivating at the money they could extract from British patients.
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It’s no surprise that the Journal’s editorial board published an obtuse “open letter” mocking “patriotic billionaires” who support a wealth tax, implying that they’re hypocrites for not voluntarily “writing checks” to the government instead of “waiting for legislation." (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
Papers Owned By Oligarchs Unsurprisingly Oppose a Wealth Tax
Is the Post’s dismissal of claims about the US being an "oligarchy," or their claim that private wealth being “off-limits” from taxation is "integral to any free society," mere coincidence?
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It would be a different matter if the U.S. military were plotting to unseat Trump and replace him with a four-star general.(Photo: Screenshot) John Feffer
Whose Coups?
Donald Trump says that impeachment is actually a coup. It’s one more example of his attack on the rule of law.
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The statement highlighted that this had never happened before in 25 years of negotiations, but yet, there “could be no better symbol of this crisis we face. People around the world are crying out for justice, and fighting oppression, while those in power attempt to shut us out.” (Photo: Theo C. Mouze via Twitter) Andy Rowell
Outrage as UN Climate Talks Kick Out Civil Society, Not the Polluters
As we enter a decade that will define all the ones after it, we need to stand together against fossil fuel companies and the governments that prop them up—at the UNFCCC and everywhere.
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Where do we find the awareness we need to save the planet and save ourselves? (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty) Robert C. Koehler
Letting Our Values Out Of Their Cage
Only with some sort of one-world consciousness can we begin stepping back from the edge of extinction.
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 Sarah Prestoza and Brenda Roberts (4th and 5th individuals in the picture from Left to Right) on a CWA delegation trip to the Philippines. (Photo: Courtesy of CWA) Brenda Roberts, Sarah Prestoza
Why U.S. and Filipino Call Center Workers Are Working Together
The only winners in this global race-to-the-bottom are corporate executives and wealthy investors.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Years of rank avarice and arrogance have caught up with the superrich and their enablers, turning "billionaire" into a synonym for "thief" and focusing rising public anger on the inequality they've fostered.(Photo: Austin Kirk/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
'Tax the Rich' Is No Longer Just a Political Slogan
It's a national necessity and a moral imperative. And, at long last, it's actually within our reach.
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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) Thomas S. Harrington
Americans Misled About Their Wars: Lather, Rinse, and Repeat
The only real question worth pondering at this point is why Americans sign on to nihilistic pursuits of this sort with such regular and obedient ease.
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Republicans have doubled down on efforts to keep black people from voting in key races. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Rev. Susan K. Williams Smith
What Trump and the GOP Learned from Obama
They learned to embrace popular organizing and to fear—and suppress—the black vote.
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The Trump administration may restrict the size of loans college students can take out, which Rev. Jesse Jackson says is a backward way to reduce student loan debt. (Photo: File Photo) Jesse Jackson
President Trump’s War on the Poor
The economy continues to generate jobs that won’t support a family. That’s why so-called poverty programs—from CHIP to food stamps to public housing to low income heating assistance to Medicaid—are so necessary.
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As a historian, I have taught courses on climate change and history, and one thing I can tell you, it is very unusual during the past million years for the Arctic to be hot. Juan Cole
Sizzling Arctic: Top 5 Climate Horror Stories in NOAA’s Report Card
The wrecking of our beautiful earth is on us.
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Nothing has changed. Whenever there is a foreign policy "crisis," you will never read or hear or see someone completely opposed to U.S. involvement given a voice in the media. Certainly not in the Post. (Photo: flickr/cc) Ted Rall
The U.S. Government Lied About the Afghanistan War. They Couldn’t Have Done It Without Lapdogs Like the Washington Post
18 years and tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars too late, it’s nice to see the media finally shame these scumbags and their government handlers. But they ought to save a big portion of the blame for themselves.
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Playing it "safe" is losing, and not just because centrism is (witness the centrist Obama years’ radical erosion of Democrats’ ability to participate in governance) far from being a safe bet in the first place. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Ira Allen
On Detrumpification: An Urgently Necessary Process After Trumpism
Anything less than an overwhelming popular mandate for progressive, fundamental restructuring of the institutions of society along democratic lines will be insufficient to even begin the process of detrumpification.
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If such is the state of our earth in extremis, COP25 the UN Climate Change Conference, is endeavoring to mitigate the major cause: climate change. (Photo: EuroNews/Twitter) Arshad M Khan, Meena Miriam Yust
Earth In Extremis While Trump Plays Ostrich
Indeed a vexing state of affairs for the world when major players shirk their responsibilities.
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As Obama inserts himself in the 2020 election—with some news reports suggesting he may engage further to help prevent a Sanders nomination—he is fast becoming a symbol of the divide within the Democratic party, between those who caution against (or fear) real change and those who are long tired of waiting. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Gordon Clark
Barack Obama and the Politics of Not Yet
Would it be a "little more just" if only 25,000 people died every year from lack of insurance, as opposed to nearly 50,000? What if it was your brother, sister, or child who was dying?
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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden talk during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Will the Democratic Presidential Nomination Be Bought by the Oligarchs?
The wealthiest and most powerful people in the country are putting their big thumbs on the scale.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Only concessions obtained through tough negotiations by labor, environment, and consumer activists made it any better than the status quo. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch—Pool/Getty Images) Thea M. Lee, Robert E. Scott
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement—Weak Tea, at Best
The USMCA will in no way offset or reverse the massive devastation caused by the original NAFTA agreement.
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Protesters clash with French riot police during a demonstration against pension reforms in Paris, France, 05 December 2019. (Photo: Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock.com) Danica Jorden
Last Straw as Teachers in France Join Nationwide Strike
Macron administration’s proposed teacher pension reform, yet another example of neoliberalism’s war on public education.
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A sustainability policy that focuses on systemic issues reframes the question from “how do we change individuals’ behaviors so that they are more sustainable?” to “how do we change the way society works?” This leads to very different kinds of interventions. (Photo: unclelkt/pixabay.com) Kris De Decker
We Can't Do It Ourselves
In contrast to policies aimed at individuals, policies that frame sustainability as a systemic, institutional challenge can bring about the many forms of innovation that are needed to address problems like climate change.
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 I can’t help but surmise that the original sin of America’s Afghan war, particularly after the initial 2001 invasion, was the reflexive assumption that within this landlocked Central Asian country, an imposed, Western-style representative democracy could take root. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie
Nineteen years into America’s longest war, Afghanistan is in a worse state than at any time since the U.S. military invasion.
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This law and this ruling are indefensible. (Photo: Mikasi/cc/flickr) Hayley Farless
Supreme Court’s Newest Move on Abortion Approves Torture for Pregnant People
Kentucky’s anti-abortion legislators are nothing short of hateful for forcing physicians to torture their patients, and the Supreme Court’s conservatives are callous for allowing this injustice to continue.
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Large majorities of Americans want serious governmental action on climate change that incorporates social justice and workers’ rights, all paid for by progressive taxation. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images) Basav Sen
Most Americans Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels. Isn’t That Worth a Headline?
The Washington Post downplayed the most hopeful findings of their own poll on climate action, so we highlighted those findings for them.
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Palestinians rush to the border fence with Israel as mass demonstrations at the fence continue on May 14, 2018 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israeli soldiers killed at least 41 Palestinians and wounded over a thousand as the demonstrations coincided with the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) James Zogby
A Second Nakba in the Making
If it occurs, the responsibility for this tragedy will fall not only on the Israelis who carry it out and the US that aided and abetted them, it will also fall on the nations of the world who failed to act in time to stop this tragedy from occurring.
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The Department of Defense will similarly have to step up its efforts to harden its own domestic and foreign bases against severe storms and flooding, while beginning to develop plans to relocate those that will be inundated as sea levels rise. (Photo: DoD photo via AFP) Michael T. Klare
The U.S. Military on a Planet From Hell
Insignia, badges, and medals for a climate-wracked era.
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On this International Human Rights Day, it is incumbent on all of us to make a clear commitment to the issue of international taxation, no longer considering it as a technical issue to be discussed behind closed doors. (Photo: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Magdalena Sepúlveda
Beirut and Santiago in the Streets: Why Multinationals Should Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes
If multinationals—and the super-rich—do not pay their fair share of taxes, governments cannot invest in access to education, health care, and decent pensions, or take measures to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
Warren vs. Buttigieg Clash Offers Contrast with Bernie's Consistency
A fighter for the most vulnerable Americans his whole life, Sanders' history is undisputed.
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Monday, December 9, 2019
They’re not selling it but paying companies to take it away and run it for profit. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Caroline Molloy
The NHS Is Opening Up to US Business—the Reassurances Are Demonstrably False
British officials dodged invitations to exclude the NHS from a US-UK trade deal. Not surprising, given how much public money already goes to the US healthcare industry.
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Striking university lecturers in the UK hold a poster in solidarity with students in Lahore, Pakistan, demonstrating for the right to form student unions. (Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Rottenberg/Al Jazeera) Catherine Rottenberg, Neve Gordon
To Survive Crushing Neoliberalism, the World Needs Intersectional Solidarity
From London to Beirut to Santiago and New Delhi, protesters need to build solidarity networks.
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Giovanna De La Rosa (center) at a United for Respect demonstration. Sarah Anderson
Toys R Us Worker: Wall Street Billionaires Should Not Be Making Money By Putting People Out of Work
As the bankrupt toy chain attempts a comeback, retail workers who lost their jobs after private equity takeovers are fighting for accountability.
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All state-run media throughout the Arab world were stuffed with loyalists. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost
Thousands of foreign journalists, with no cultural or political connection to the Middle East, were shipped in, to replace their Arab colleagues, and to participate, willingly or otherwise, in the dirty propaganda campaigns championed by one rich Arab countries or another.
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Symphony Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: mcav0y/flickr/cc) Dahr Jamail
Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD
Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
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There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
The Great American Shakedown
The mortal wounds inflicted on our democratic institutions are bipartisan.
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This second case really is about destroying freedom of the press and entirely undermining what little is left of Israeli democracy. (Photo: Ben Amos Gershom/Prime Minister of Israel) Juan Cole
In Wag the Dog Move, Indicted Israeli PM Netanyahu Moves to Annex 25% of Palestinian West Bank
Netanyahu is brazenly planning to steal a quarter of all the land in the Palestinian West Bank, forever ending any chance of a Palestinian state.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019
An angry group of four people with one holding a pitchfork Ian Acriche
The Pitchforks Will Come Out Eventually
Failing to address wealth inequality means only one thing for a civilization: the end is near.
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participants in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign John Atcheson
The Missing Stories: Three Big Issues the Media Is Missing
When the media and both political parties represent the interests of the oligarchy, attempts to prop up corporate centrists will fail, and surprises like Trump will be inevitable.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit Phil Steck
Beating Trump Is Not Enough: The Real Change Democrats Must Pursue
If we have another Obama-type presidency, without real change, we will eventually get Trumpism without Trump
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Banner reads: National day of action to defend public education Julie Hollar
How Media Turn Support for Public Schools Into Opposition to Children of Color
Claiming to simply be defending poor parents and children is a hallmark of such news articles.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Pamela Karlan speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2019. Michael Winship
The Women Who Will Save Us All
They must pull us from the pyre of political madness.
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First-grader Khatona Miller, right, investigates a circled location on a world globe Ayanna Pressley, Monique W. Morris
A Just Society Doesn’t Criminalize Girls
The policies and unfair practices that disproportionately push girls of color from institutions of learning stem from deeply entrenched biases that require bold, community-based solutions to correct.
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 House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaking with the press Wednesday after the committee’s hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Who Is the Audience for the Judiciary Committee Hearing?
An evaluation of the House Democratic leadership’s performance.
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People take over the intersection in front of the WA State Convention Center on the 20 year anniversary of the WTO Shutdown. (Photo: Elliot Stoller) Heather Day, David Solnit
Celebrating WTO+20 and Looking Forward in Seattle
Marking the anniversary of the WTO street uprising would not be complete without getting into the streets.
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The Consumer Energy Alliance, an industry front group, is pressing for the controversial and legally imperiled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Sue Sturgis
Big Energy Front Group Launches Push for Troubled Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The group argued that building the pipeline would save North Carolinians money by bringing more natural gas into the non-drilling state, characterizing that as an "energy justice" issue.
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Any "climate action that doesn't connect the historic links between the carbon economy, colonialism, capitalism and ecological destruction would be oppressive to Indigenous communities," the author writes. Josue De Luna Navarro
The Centuries-Long History of Extractive Greed
Climate change is a symptom of a malevolent virus borne out of capitalism and colonialism. Indigenous liberation shows the path towards healing the planet.
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President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit Ralph Nader
Why Not Also Go With “The Kitchen Table” Impeachable Offenses for Removal?
Failure by Congress to prevent devastating precedents from being invoked and followed by future presidents will create a legacy of disgrace for Congress.
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Friday, December 6, 2019
The massive change we need will not happen overnight. Rather, we must mobilize like never before to make it happen. (Photo: Sunrise Movement) Naina Agrawal-Hardin
Young People Are Escalating to Sit-ins in Politicians’Offices Today. Here’s Why.
In America, the New Deal Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Anti War Movement, and the indigenous activists of Standing Rock, among many others, have paved the path of nonviolent direct action that we are now embarking on.
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A river at risk of drying up near the agricultural village of Guapinol, Honduras. The phrase “Cuidemos los bosques,” painted onto a rock by villagers, translates to “Protect the forests.” (Photo: Lawyers for Civil Rights) James Goodman
'Fleeing Not Migrating'
Climate change, pollution, and violence drive people to the U.S. border, even with no promise of a path to citizenship.
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"Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level of 407.8 parts per million in 2018 and continued to rise in 2019. CO2 lasts in the atmosphere for centuries and the ocean for even longer, thus locking in climate change." (Photo: Andrew Hart/flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
Despite Warmest Decade on Record, We Still Act Like "Addicts Blowing Our Carbon Budget"
"Another lost year leading to another lost decade. I don’t want to belittle the important things that have happened and are happening, but they are not enough. People will look back at us and wonder, 'What were you doing?'"
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From off-grid solar home systems to utility-scale solar and wind, the potential for major advances in the use of renewable energy is also growing rapidly on the African continent. (Photo: Shutterstock) William Minter
Africa Could Power a Green Revolution
With a thriving off-grid solar market and hundreds of millions of people waiting for electricity, the continent offers huge potential for renewables.
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A new contingent of 14,000 troops would double the extra total sent in 2019 alone and bring the over-all number to 74,000. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump Fails Again to Bring Our Troops Home From Mideast: Mulling Escalation of 14,000 US Troops to the Middle East to Counter Iran
It's not clear how another 14,000 US troops would effectively do anything to block Iran.
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Riot police pepper spray nonviolent demonstrators at the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. (Photo: Steve Kaiser / Flickr) Walden Bello
How the Battle of Seattle Made the Truth About Globalization True
Twenty years ago, experts refused to see the truth about the dark side of globalization. Then Seattle happened.
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Amazon relies on taxpayers subsidizing its workers’ livelihoods, but it also refuses to pay its fair share of taxes. (Photo: Tony Webster / Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) Sonali Kolhatkar
Amazon Abuses Workers and the Climate—Because It Can
Far more effective than individuals walking away from the company (although that doesn’t hurt), is collective action to change the laws that Amazon benefits from.
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Senate Democrats John Kerry, Carl Levin, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Joseph Biden take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill14 March, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC following a procedural vote on Iraq. The US Senate will reopened a debate on a Democratic push to restrict the Iraq war effort after weeks of procedural delays by Republican allies of the White House, Senate leaders said. (Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War
The spectacle of Kerry praising Biden as a seasoned leader amounts to one supporter of the Iraq catastrophe attesting to the character and experience of another supporter of the same catastrophe.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019
By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) Brett Wilkins
ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture
The current hearing will examine allegations that US troops and intelligence operatives tortured, raped and abused Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004.
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Professor Jonathan Turley testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Hank Edson
Professor Turley Is Dead Wrong on Impeachment and Here’s Why
We don’t need Professor Turley’s hand-wringing performance to scare us away from defending our democracy through the exercise of our political power to hold an oligarchic authoritarian accountable.
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It is exceptionally rare for a film to show US personnel torturing their captives, and the film-makers are to be commended for their courage. (Photo: Screengrab) Clive Stafford Smith
Everyone Should Watch The Report. Take It From a Guantánamo Bay Lawyer
This important film shines a light on an important story in recent history: the torture of detainees kept as forever prisoners in Gitmo.
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Donald Trump pictured with US healthcare executives in 2017, including (second from right) the then CEO of UnitedHealth Group. (Photo: Twitter) Tamasin Cave
Donald Trump, the US Private Health Giant, and Top NHS Officials—Special Relationships?
US private healthcare firm Optum has been ‘planting seeds’ in the English NHS for a decade, new research exposes.
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The new right has set about reordering the political landscape. Mainstream parties have lost credibility. Politics have become even more polarized. Not just liberalism but democracy itself is under attack. (Photo: The Battle for Another World / Institute for Policy Studies) John Feffer
Inside the Battle for Another World
Understanding how the new right went global—and how to stop it—is key to keeping our planet habitable.
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The incoherent discourses of Devin Nunes and Rudy Giuliani didn’t come out of nowhere, nor are they purely a sign of obedience to Trump. They had been germinating for ages in what was once called, without irony, the Party of Ideas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty) Mike Lofgren
Protocols of the Elders of the Republican Party
Lunatic conspiracy theories are the heart and soul of today’s GOP.
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Marijuana is still fully criminalized at the federal level and in many states. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
For me, it’s a gateway to pain relief. For others, its prohibition is a gateway to mass incarceration.
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