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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Alice Slater
Time to Act on Dr. King's Call to Tackle Evils of Racism, Economic Exploitation, and War
Mother Earth is giving us a time out, sending us all to our rooms to reflect on how we address the triple evils about which Dr. King warned us.
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That long term decline is because the filthy fossil fuel cannot compete with renewables which get cheaper by the day. (Photo: Marcel Kusch/picture alliance via Getty Images) Andy Rowell
COVID-19 Crisis Accelerating "Long-term Decline of Coal"
Every day new renewables are coming on stream and the reality is we do not need coal for electricity generation.
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People draw messages with chalk in a Seattle intersection. (Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Too Many African American Children Are Born in Shackles
Led by the passion of a young and diverse generation, the country must finally address the systemic inequality that increasingly endangers all of us.
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One reason large numbers of American’s won’t wear a mask is that they are following Trump’s lead. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump Willing to Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Americans in Effort to Win Election
If 100% of the population would simply wear masks when they go out, evidence shows, the rate of transmission falls below 1 and the number of cases dwindles. Why don't so many people? Because the president has told them not to.
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Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores
Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick Worldwide
So great is the admiration for Cuban doctors that a global campaign has sprung up to award them the Nobel Peace Prize.
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A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division 2 just outside of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. (Photo: Logan Cyrus / AFP) (Photo by LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
In the Face of Powerful Protests, Parts of Middle America Enter the Twilight Zone
Trump and Barr are at the forefront, trying to scare the citizenry with tales of anarchy and destruction.
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Monday, June 15, 2020
Now is the time for divestment. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images) Kanya Bennett
Congress Can Lead the Charge on Divesting From Law Enforcement
The acknowledgment that Black Lives Matter demands bold and visionary leadership at the national level.
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A vandalized statue of the Belgian soldier, explorer, and official for the Congo Free State, General Storms is seen on the Square de Meeus on June 14, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The statue of "General Storms", one of the Belgians commissioned by King Leopold II to colonize the Congo in the 19th century, will soon be unbolted and moved to the Africa Museum, where the bust of Émile Pierre Joseph Storms will be "contextualized." (Photo; Thierry Monasse/Getty Images) Harriet Malinowitz
The Banality of Racism and the Tearing Down of Statues
As long as those stone or bronze testaments to a "heritage" or a "way of life" remain fixed in their places, they will continue to permeate our sense of what is just and acceptable in human relations.
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Cancellation of student debt would also boost the broader economy by creating a huge financial stimulus. (Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Brian Wakamo
Instead of Bailing Out For-Profit Colleges, Congress Should Cancel Student Debt
Lifting student debt burdens would particularly benefit people of color, while giving the economy a major boost.
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It’s clear that the United States Postal Service provides tremendous service and value to seniors, not to mention millions of other Americans. (Photo: hobvias sudoneighm/flickr/cc) Max Richtman
Trump, USPS and Seniors
Refusing to bolster the United States Postal Service in its time of need is nothing short of a betrayal of American seniors, who are more reliant upon the US Postal Service than any other age group.
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Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, spoke to aroung 45 people during a Honor the Earth rally at the 121 7th Place East building in July of 2014. (Photo: Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via Getty Images) Rory O'Connor
Danny Schechter Award for Journalism and Activism Goes to Winona LaDuke
The Global Center, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to developing socially responsible media, is proud to announce Native American leader Winona LaDuke as the recipient of the fifth annual DANNY Award, which honors the life and work of the late Danny "The News Dissector" Schechter.
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Not once has Trump called for one of the nearly 1,000 right-wing extremist groups to be designated as a domestic terrorist organisation. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sahar Aziz
A Domestic Terror Law Could Quash Political Dissent in the US
Passing a law allowing the designation of domestic groups as terrorist would allow the government to silence opposition.
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It takes a long time, but the Earth’s orbit and axis do change and once they do, things are never the same again. (Photo: CC) Nick Turse
Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America?
A man forced to die with his face pressed to the ground may yet shift the earth under your feet.
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Sunday, June 14, 2020
Fort Polk sign Paul J. Baicich
Here Are Alternate Names for 10 Confederate-Named Army Bases
These possibilities should strengthen the arguments from those who want to rid the country of anachronistic and racially-charged embarrassments.
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Black Lives Matter protest Al Martinich & Tom Palaima
2020 Is Not 1968, But It Could Be
If we are to reach another new frontier, we may have to rely on each other—a remarkable 'ask' in the time of Covid-19, but one that many people, young and old, seem to be answering.
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Sunset over the Blue Nile river and downtown Khartoum with its Corinthia hotel and GNPOC Tower, Khartoum, Sudan. Stephen Zunes
Sudan's Democratic Revolution is Being Undermined by the United States
Economic recovery from decades of autocratic misrule is critical for Sudan. The U.S. is maintaining sanctions, effectively punishing the country for the sins of the dictatorship the Sudanese people overthrew.
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President Donald Trump and United States Military Academy superintendent Darryl A. Williams salute alongside graduating cadets as the national anthem is played during commencement ceremonies at Plain Parade Field at the United States Military Academy on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York. Trump addressed the graduating class of 1,107 cadets during a socially-distanced ceremony held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
All the Lies Trump Told the West Point Graduates About American Militarism
He reiterated that he would not allow the military to change the names of the bases named for Confederate generals, lied that he had complete destroyed ISIL, and glorified Gens. George S. Patton and Douglas MacArthur.
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"We're closed" sign Rachel M. Cohen
There's a Simple Solution to the Unemployment Crisis: Offer Everyone a Job
Had we put a job guarantee in place 10 years ago we would have had institutional infrastructure that would be ready to employ folks now.
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Top row, from left: memorial to Robert Gould Shaw in Boston; Alvin York; a bust of Lt. Henry Flipper; then-Capt. Josephine Nesbit; bottom row, from left: Daniel Inouye in 1959; George McGovern in 1972; Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson in 1969; a bust of Geronimo in the museum at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. Andrew Bacevich & Danny Sjursen
Rename the Army Posts—These 10 Soldiers Deserve the Honor
The police killing of George Floyd has brought renewed attention to this absurd practice, in which U.S. Army and Army National Guard installations across the South bear the names of secessionist generals.
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Police use tear gas during protests against the killing of George Floyd in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images) Kanya Bennett
Congress Can Lead the Charge on Divesting From Law Enforcement
The acknowledgment that Black Lives Matter demands bold and visionary leadership at the national level.
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Saturday, June 13, 2020
President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St. John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
Donald J(esus) Trump
Trump assumed different postures in front of the church, contemplating before each photo how he could best appear to the onlookers.
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Taliban members gathered under a tree in March in Alingar District of Laghman Province, Afghanistan. Joshua Cho
NYT Erases US Occupation's Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency
The Times also demonstrates a commitment to the propagandistic narrative of the "War on Terror."
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives to the Senate chamber for impeachment proceedings at the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Fred Silverman , Robert Barnett
Black Lives Don't Matter to the Supreme Court
While we are a nation of laws, the recent history of the Supreme Court offers little comfort that it will side with the powerless and the oppressed.
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Members of the military wearing U.S. Army Special Forces insignia block protesters near Lafayette Park and the White House on June 3, 2020 Marcus Hedahl & Bradley J. Strawser
Why Soldiers Might Disobey the President's Orders to Occupy US Cities
They could refuse to follow the orders of their commander-in-chief if they believed those orders were contrary to their oath to the Constitution.
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The reverse side of the placard being held by the man on the plinth carries the names of 26 individuals, nearly all of whom lost their lives or were seriously injured at the hands of police in the U.K. Eddie Chambers
Statues, Statues, They All Fall Down
European monuments to historic slavers and colonizers are the latest victims of rising protests for justice.
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Afghan children look on as a U.S. soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on Dec. 19, 2009. George A. Lopez
Targeting the ICC: Misguided Sanctions Imposed Yet Again
These new sanctions are theatrical overkill to further accentuate American exceptionalism.
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Demonstrators calling to defund the Minneapolis Police Department march on University Avenue on June 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. The march, organized by the Black Visions Collective, commemorated the life of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Lornet Turnbull
Cities Reimagine Public Safety Amid Calls to #DefundPolice
Local officials are urged to redirect funds to things such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, and community programs.
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Friday, June 12, 2020
So we wait and hope, while speaking truth to power and doing our best to re-imagine a truly transformational way of living that can take us into what Quinn calls "humanity's next great adventure." (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) Tom Valovic
America Needs Deep Cultural and Political Renewal—Is it Even Possible?
Perhaps we have seen the beginnings of this with huge numbers of Americans waking up and taking to the streets to protest the economic and racial injustice of our train-wrecked society.
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Ireland and Norway endorsed the Basel Ban Amendment on eliminating the export of waste from rich to poor countries. Canada has refused to support the initiative, which became binding last year after 97 countries ratified it.  (Image: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute) Bianca Mugyenyi
Canada Isn't the Right Choice for the UN Security Council
For progressive Canadians the message is simple: Better than the USA is not good enough.
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One of the biggest problems we have in the US is that the police have tremendous power, and the systems of accountability to keep that power from being misused are incredibly weak.  (Photo:  Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Cynthia Kaufman
Understanding Accountability So We Can Hold the Police to Account
This is a moment where we can all work to make the power that is given to police forces more accountable, while we also work to take that power away.
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 Estimates of the number of civilians killed in the current war against terrorism, now in its 19th year, range from hundreds of thousands to over 2 million. (Photo: Shutterstock) Brett Wilkins
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna Introduce Bill to Increase Military Accountability for Civilian Casualties
Since waging the world’s only nuclear war at the end of World War II, the United States military has killed more foreign civilians than any other armed force on the planet, by far.
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In the little more than two weeks since George Floyd’s brutal death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the idea of defunding the police was mentioned on the nation’s TV networks and in its national newspapers at least 300 times. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Media Acknowledge Drive to Defund Police—But Seek to Blunt Its Radical Edge
Media wave away this possibility as absurd, but how to move beyond the US’s racist, shockingly violent criminal justice system is a discussion our country not only can but desperately needs to have.
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To effectively combat the pandemic, we need a just response guided by science and accurate data. (Photo: CC) Derrick Z. Jackson
A Second Wave of COVID-19 Looms Large—and It’s Not Because of Protests
The far greater concern is the rampage on science and public health now underway by governors and the White House.
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"The money that comes out of this bank literally kills poor people in the same community they’re operating in," said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. during the sit-in at a Chase Bank branch in Washington, DC. "There’s too many reasons to stop this madness." (Image: TheYearsProject.com/Hip Hop Caucus) Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
All We're Asking Is to Let Us Live: Stop the Money Pipeline Now
If you continue to fund projects that are literally putting our planet, our existence on the line, and defining the existence of our children, then you have left us no choice: that we must put our bodies against the gears of the machine and bring it to a grinding halt.
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A Miami Police officer watches protestors from an armored vehicle during a rally in Miami, Florida on May 31, 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images) Maritza Perez
The Congressional Police Reform Bill Fails to Meet the Moment
It continues to fund police departments rather than redirect resources to communities, particularly Black and Brown communities that have been most harmed by over-policing and the war on drugs.
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Can we trust corporations on their own to implement adequate protections against spread of the coronavirus? (Photo: CC) Rick Claypool
Will Corporate Accountability Be the Next Coronavirus Casualty?
As the Coronavirus spread, corporations risked essential workers' lives. Immunizing businesses from liability would make them even more reckless.
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Black Lives Matter mural being painted on a street of Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Wikimedia Commons) Jeremy Brecher
Black Lives and the Green New Deal
The Green New Deal is a vehicle for building the broad movement for structural change necessary to truly make Black lives matter.
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Demonstrators attend a "Sit Out the Curfew" protest on June 3 in Oakland against the police killing of George Floyd. (Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The People Need to Seize This Moment of Uprising for Deep and Lasting Change
How then can this current moral force avoid dissipation once the media loses interest and the protesters become exhausted? How can such widely praised demonstrations produce real change?
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Here’s another thing a new Cold War guarantees: a significant increase in military spending at a time of ballooning national debt and a desperate need for investment in domestic economic recovery. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Michael T. Klare
Get Ready to Pay the Costs of a New Cold War With China
How will it affect you?
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Policymakers need to do much, much more to fight this recession and set our economy up for a strong recovery, which will not happen without intervention. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
It's Been Three Months Since Covid-19 Hit and the Economic Pain Continues
More than one in five workers are either on unemployment benefits or are waiting to get on.
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Ronald Scott, a central neighborhood resident for more than 10 years, takes a photo of the memorial mural over flowers and banners laid in the memory of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods on May 29, 2020. (Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Michael Winship
What George Floyd’s Dying Breaths Tell Our Fractured Nation
It’s past time for a radical restructuring of criminal justice.
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Police officers arrest protesters for breaking the curfew as they continued to protest demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice over the death of George Floyd on June 4, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Corporate Media Are Focusing on Race—and Dodging Class
Economic injustice is vital to the entire U.S. power structure. While many people of all races suffer as a result, people of color are at much greater risk.
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Montano (pictured above), who was jailed after his extradition, was part of "a structure outside the law that gravely altered the public peace with executions of civilians and forced disappearances." (Photo: Democracy Now/Creative Commons) Brett Wilkins
Spain: Trial Begins for Former Salvadoran Colonel Accused of ’89 Jesuit Massacre
Many Salvadorans and human rights advocates around the world have welcomed the start of the trial.
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Demonstrators protest the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer on June 3, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Globally Uprooting a Racist Past
Not only have the protests against police violence gone global, but they have cut deep into Western history: into its racism and colonialism, which, until now, have remained quietly unquestioned and entrenched in our institutional "normal."
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A demonstrator holds up a sign during an anti-annexation protest in Tel Aviv on June 6th, 2020. (Photo: Twitter) Yumna Patel
Thousands Protest Against Annexation. But Is It Enough?
"The majority of U.S. public opinion now acknowledges the legitimacy of black grievances, while the majority of Israelis—including most of the Jewish center-left—continues to view Palestinians, at least those beyond the former Green Line, as a mortal enemy bent on their country’s destruction."
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It’s time to divest resources from law enforcement, and put them into services that prioritize the community at large, like education. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ken Makin
Defund the Police, Invest in Communities
Local governments have a revenue problem, while America has a policing problem. There’s a simple solution.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Across the country, reckless and aggressive use of tear gas on anti-racist protestors during a respiratory pandemic is likely intentional. (Photo: Shutterstock) Josie Moberg
A Matter of Life and Breath
Firing tear gas at nonviolent demonstrators is unconscionable—especially in a respiratory pandemic.
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Greed, consumerism, racism, and imperial ambition sealed our nation’s fate. (Photo: urbantimes.co) Richard Heinberg
United States: An Obituary
It is reasonable to ask whether the United States will continue to exist as a unified nation for much longer.
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Photo taken on June 6, 2020 shows a man wearing a mask with words "I Can't Breathe" during a protest over the death of George Floyd held in Dakar, Senegal. (Photo by Eddy Peters/Xinhua/ via Getty Images) Million Belay
Africa Says, "I Can't Breathe": An African Civil Society Perspective on Systemic Racism
The knee on George Floyd's neck is the same knee that is on our neck. It is the same knee that justified colonialism in Africa.
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 Let’s imagine historians looking back at 2020 and describing it as the year when these societal systems began to change in earnest. (Photo: Pixaby) Zoe Weil
Why 2020 Could Turn Out to Be a Transformative Year
2020 could turn out to be one of the most transformative years of our collective lives, marking the turning point when unjust, destructive, and inhumane systems began to be toppled and transformed.
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Demonstrators march down Pennsylvania Avenue near the Trump International Hotel during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests in cities throughout the country have been been held after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Kymone Freeman, Nancy J. Altman
Solidarity Will Turn the Impossible Into the Inevitable
People are rising up nationwide in massive protests seeking to finally eradicate the systemic forces that led to George Floyd's torture and death.
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Money entrusted to the Pentagon and a vast array of military contractors must be spent to meet human needs. (Photo: David B. Gleason/Flickr/cc) Kathy Kelly
Weapons That Protect White Privilege Prevent Sustainable Community Change
Reflections on weapons and systems white people use to protect their white privilege, recalling that Dr. King likened U.S. wars to "some demonic destructive suction tube."
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Demonstrators hold a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Lafayette Square Park in the early morning hours of May 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sadia Abbas
But It Has Been Happening Here: A Response to Salman Rushdie
The point is not that people should not delude themselves that it can't happen here. The point is that "it" has been happening here.
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People wait in line to vote in Georgia's Primary Election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
What Will It Take to Stop Republicans From Maintaining Structural Racism in Our Voting?
What Georgia did yesterday was criminal, a racist crime against our democracy, and it’s time to criminalize voter suppression once and for all.
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 The only thing remarkable about Chris Wallace's arguments about the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are that they offer nothing new, as if no challenging evidence or counter-narratives have been raised over the past 75 years. (Photo: AP Photo/U.S. Army) Greg Mitchell
The Truth about Hiroshima and Nagasaki
What Chris Wallace didn’t tell you on the Fox News special adapted from his new bestseller.
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The ability to secretly record the police (whether with photos, video or audio) is critically important given that officers often retaliate against individuals who openly record them. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Sophia Cope, Adam Schwartz
You Have a First Amendment Right to Record the Police
Independent recordings of police officers are critical for ensuring police accountability.
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Trump spouts a shocking amount of misinformation during his daily press briefings, but it’s Fox News’ equally misleading coverage of the crisis that closes the lethal circuit of lies. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Deadly Fox News-Trump Syndicate
Deny, promote quack remedies, attack the experts, blame others, and change the subject to "freedom."
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Qatar is a small peninsula sticking up from Arabia into the Gulf.  (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Chump: Before Trump Fell for Antifa Conspiracy Theory, He Fell for Saudi Blockade of US Ally Qatar
Is there no conspiracy theory Trump won’t fall for, however damaging to US interests?
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Whitehall Street, Atlanta Georgia, 1864. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/cc) Miles Mogulescu
Neoliberal Capitalism Depends on White Supremacy
American oligarchs have led a five decade-long, well-funded campaign to convince whites that safety net programs, taxes on the wealthy, unions, and government regulations were not in the interest of whites but were just designed to help blacks and other minorities.
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Though the first weekend of the protests saw fires, looting and unruly activism, media coverage generally lacked any serious analysis of the abusive police conduct. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) Bryce Greene
Media Are Slowly Starting to Be Serious About Police Violence
Only sustained media attention to such abuses will create the conditions for ongoing calls for justice to be answered.
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Bradley gave a total of $6.4 million to further fund its web of climate change deniers in 2019. (Photo: Screenshot) David Armiak
Bradley Spent Millions on Voter Suppression, Union Busters, Climate Deniers, and Right-Wing Media in 2019
As part of Bradley’s strategic vision, it invests in groups to defund and dismantle unions, to fuel a web of climate change deniers, and to prop up right-wing media.
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A massive group of protesters sit on the ground at Foley Square in a show of peaceful protest while they listen to a speaker. Protesters took to the streets across America after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Derek Chauvin that was kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Big Bank CEOs Want to ‘Listen’ to Black Communities. They Should Return Their Stolen Wealth Instead.
There's a whole lot of Wall Street listening going on, but not much doing.
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After all, the efforts of both sides to deepen their ties with the military-industrial complex and increase their sway in Congress have ensured that the real interests of this country played second fiddle to those of Middle Eastern despots. Certainly, their acts helped ensure near historic levels of arms sales to the region, while prolonging the wars in Yemen andSyria, and so contributing to death and devastation on an almost unimaginable scale. (Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/Flickr/cc) Morgan Palumbo, Jessica Draper
How the Saudis, the Qataris, and the Emiratis Took Washington
A monumental lobbying battle over American foreign policy.
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Members of the National Guard join police on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Defund the Police, Defund the Military
For too long, we have let cynical politicians and business leaders divide and rule us, funding police and the Pentagon over real human needs, pitting us against each other at home and leading us off to wars against our neighbors abroad.
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Peek beneath the pull-quotes and you’ll find work that has often felt long and slow. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Paradigms Take Years to Shift
Don’t let anyone tell you the work is done.
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Medical workers take in patients at a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 6, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Dean E. Robinson
Why Covid-19 Racial Disparities Make the Case for Medicare for All
Though it won't solve all our problems, expanding Medicare to all people is an essential demand if we want to advance health equity in the United States.
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To ensure public participation in this joint effort to slow the spread of the virus, citizens must be able to trust these new public health applications. (Photo: Monsitj/iStock via Getty Images) Sarah Manski
Designing Technology to Protect Civil Liberties During the Pandemic
Thoughtful citizens who want to protect democracy and public health should take a pro-science and pro-civil liberties stance and avoid succumbing to fear and sloganeering.
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"Unless states dramatically raise revenue, even with the federal help that has been promised," warns Chin, "they will be forced to make dramatic cuts, further depressing demand." (Image: Getty/iStock) Ben Chin
COVID-19 Unveils Need for Fair Taxation Movement at the State Level
States must take the opportunity to dramatically rebalance their tax codes, making safety net programs truly re-distributive. If the federal government hits the gas while states hit the brakes, we will get nowhere fast.
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New York Times photo (6/2/20) of police arresting protesters on 42nd Street after curfew. (Photo: Chang W. Lee/New York Times) Julianne Tveten
Reporting Curfews Through Official Eyes
For cops, protest is a problem and silence the solution.
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Fundamental policing reforms, writes Jesse Jackson, would begin with ending the “qualified immunity” of police, curbing the militarization of police forces, transferring funds and functions to social agencies, imposing residency requirements and finally making lynching a hate crime. (Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Police Reform Was Never Going to Be Easy—But Now's the Time
What has been missing is will, not ideas. And now, as the demonstrations reveal, Americans—black and white, young and old—are demanding change.
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After less than two years in power, it is clear that having not been able to extinguish the Ministry of the Environment, the current Brazilian government intends to destroy the nation's environmental organizations from within. (Photo: Alberto César Araújo / Amazonia Real) Brazilian Network of Environmental Journalism
Where Journalism Is Planted, Democracy Blooms
Journalists and land defenders send warning to the Brazilian government.
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Monday, June 8, 2020
The ruling class is befuddled and confused about how to respond to the ongoing street demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd. (Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP via Getty Images) Ajamu Baraka
No Compromise, No Retreat: Defeat the War Against the African/Black People in the U.S. and Abroad
Mass mobilizations have a place but developing the organizational forms that will build and sustain the power necessary to bring about radical fundamental change is the primary challenge and historic task.
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 On Friday June 5th, faith leaders, community leaders, and supporters filled the parking lot of the Mcdonald’s, now closed for ten days. (Photo: Brooke Anderson/@movementphotographer) David Solnit
Striking for Their Lives
Two-week McDonald's strike shutdown in Oakland, California: Faith leaders, artists, and community rally as Covid-19 outbreak at McDonald's hits double digits.
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George Floyd mural. Clive Lewis
George Floyd Was Lynched
Black Americans have seen their civil rights regress for thirty years.
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A recipient carries a box of food as others wait in line at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
Four Numbers that Show America's Disdain for Its Most Vulnerable People
The nation's plague of economic inequality and poverty puts everyone at risk.
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Police officers take position to shoot tear gas at the demonstrators in Downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 in protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. (Photo: Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
How Exactly Should the US Reinvent Its Police Departments?
The nation's Founders offered a couple clues on how to deal with guys with guns.
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t’s time for Cuomo to work with elected officials in the state legislature. They—not the billionaires—are the representatives of the people in our democracy. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Michael Kink , Kevin Connor
Governor Cuomo’s Pandemic Wealthcare Plan
The New York leader has prioritized the wealth and influence of billionaires—many of whom are his donors—over the physical well-being of his most vulnerable constituents.
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Degrowth calls for a fundamental restructuring of the economy to reduce its ecological impact and improve well-being by abolishing economic growth as a social objective. (Photo: Piotr Chrobot/Unsplash, CC BY-SA) Joe Herbert, Riccardo Mastini
Economic Growth Can't Go Back to Normal If We Are to Solve the Ecological Crisis
Most scientists agree that an unprecedented economic transformation is now needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and avert climate breakdown.
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"To contain the virus and relaunch the economy, everyone needs health care," write Archer and Potter. "But without employer-sponsored health insurance and a paycheck, many workers are no longer able to afford the care they need. During a pandemic, that puts all of us in danger." (Photo: Paul Becker / Becker1999 / flickr / cc) Diane Archer, Wendell Potter
To Defeat Coronavirus, We Need to Expand Medicare
Congress must act decisively to guarantee health care to everyone in the country. It should do so on moral grounds, it should do so on public health grounds, and it should do so to help ensure our economy gets back on track and stays back on track.
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When military "battle rattle" becomes the standard gear for street cops, should we be that surprised to hear the death rattle of black men like George Floyd? (Photo:  Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) William Astore
'Light Em Up': Warrior Cops When the Wars Come Home
America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home.
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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Will Bunch
Why Do Police Unions Talk and Act Like the Mafia? How Can We Stop Them?
It's been difficult, if not impossible, to end the career of the worst cops who commit many of the abuses.
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Eileen Appelbaum
New Labor Department Guidance Allows Risky Private Equity Investments in Workers' 401(k) Accounts
Scalia has rolled back rules that protected workers' retirement security. This should be seen as a gift to private equity firms, not a favor to workers.
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Robert Shetterly
After the Lockdown, the Jailbreak
If there's finally an effective antidote to cynicism, it's people in the streets.
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Alan MacLeod
Media Downplay Global South Leadership on Covid-19
Only Westerners, it seems, are deserving of praise.
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Juan Cole
Palestinian Lives Matter: Huge Jewish-Arab Rally in Tel Aviv Decries Netanyahu's Plan to Annex 1/3 of West Bank
It was the biggest demonstration by the Israeli left wing in many years, and was remarkable for its mixed character, with both Jewish and Palestinian Israelis coming out.
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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Natalie Shure
Don't Shame Protesters and Park-Goers Over Covid-19 Spreading—Shame Corporations and the State
While demonstrators have been blamed for potentially endangering the public, the real danger lies elsewhere.
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Alex Kane
The New York Times Opinion Desk Has a Neoconservative Problem
The Times' decision to publish Cotton highlights a neoconservative media network's pipeline into America's paper of record.
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Reese Erlich
The Rest of the World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots
The United States is paying the price for denying people what Malcolm X called "the right to be a human being."
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Dorothee Benz
There, I Fixed It for You…
Corporate media headlines revised as though they were journalism.
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Ralph Nader
Governor Cuomo: Avoid Budget Cuts by Not Rebating Stock Sales Tax to Wall Street
"This stock transfer sales tax, bringing in an estimated 13 to 16 billion dollars a year, would reduce forthcoming budget cuts in health, education, transportation, and other safety nets."
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Bill Moyers
We Hold This Truth to Be Self-Evident: It's Happening Before Our Very Eyes
The man in the White House has taken all the necessary steps toward achieving the despot's dream of dominance.
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Friday, June 5, 2020
Public opinion polls have consistently shown that white Christians comprise the core of Trump’s base, although there are recent signs of a dip even among this key group. (Photo: CC) Laura R. Olson
Trump’s Use of Religion Follows Playbook of Authoritarian-leaning Leaders the World Over
Where Trump succeeds is in presenting himself as a Christian nationalist, much as Putin and Modi style themselves as the stout defenders of their countries’ dominant religions.
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He said that no species or people are chosen and no nation exceptional. (Photo: Creative Commons) Camillo Mac Bica
What Christ Said
He said we better get our shit together, he is losing his fucking patience.
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As the protests spread to every state and were met with violent police aggression, mass arrests, beatings, attacks with rubber bullets and truncheons, the sympathy for protest also spread. (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images) Joel Wendland-Liu
Some Lessons of the American Uprising 2020
America has sunk into a crisis for which Trump and his party have no answers.
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To increase the power, economic security, and well-being of today’s working-class, we must increase the power, economic security, and well-being of Black people.  (Photo Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images) Hayley Brown, Shawn Fremstad
Racial Inequality Among Workers in Frontline Industries: Black Workers Are Overrepresented and Undercompensated
The history of the United States is the history of exploited black labor, beginning with slavery and continuing today in the form of endemic structural racism.
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Meeting violence with violence is wrong they say. Yet, many of these same people also believe that kneeling for a song to be the wrong type of protest. (Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Simon Whalley
Stop the Violence, Stop the Looting
A good place to start would be at the very top of American society.
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Springsteen’s anthem addresses the social and spiritual disaster awaiting a society that allows one shade of skin to function as a shield, and a darker shade to double as a target. (Photo: Youtube/screenshot) David Masciotra
Bruce Springsteen’s Ballad of Brutality, "American Skin"
Twenty years later, on the streets of Minneapolis, the song once again rings true.
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The game billionaires play is not worthy of being called economy, either as care for the home, or as the art of living. It is exractive, naked money making, at war with life and creativity. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Vandana Shiva
The Path Beyond Extinction and Escape: Return to Earth, Regenerate and Share
Message for World Environment Day, 5 th June 2020.
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The only thing missing in Trump’s photo was his white hood. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Rev. John Dear
Keep the Good Book Closed, Trump Says. We Say, Open It and Resist!
The churches needs to send the racist president, the Republican party, the One Percent, the warmakers and all racist supporters of the unjust status quo the holy message that Christians across the board reject their violence.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020
While Derek Chauvin and his fellow police officers must be prosecuted and convicted for homicide, we must see what the real role of the police is in our society. (Photo: Ella/cc/flickr) Josephine Lee
America’s Unfinished Revolution
Will we advance our unfinished revolution or will our spontaneous actions end in the acceptance of petty reforms and a return to the status quo?
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