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Thursday, January 11, 2018
"She talked about the women who aren’t talked about: the domestic workers, the women working for minimum wage, women who have no choice but to be silent about their abuse because they have a family to feed." (Photo: Guian Bolisay / Flickr) Razan Azzarkani
Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can
The solution isn't for Oprah to run for president. It's to listen to women everywhere.
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"The latest evidence of the Republican Party’s anti-democratic activities comes from a federal court ruling, issued Tuesday, which found that North Carolina Republicans deliberately drew congressional district boundaries in order to benefit their own party."(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Richard Eskow
When Will Democrats Start #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression?
Americans love democracy, at least in principle.
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"The board is fighting to give the superintendent a $38,000 raise. Yet they refuse to give another penny to teachers – all while class sizes have jumped from 21 to 29 students, according to Hargrave." (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Singer
When You Mistreat Teachers, Beware the Unintended Lessons for Students
Not only a horrific violation of Deyshia Hargrave’s rights, but defies the very purpose of public school.
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 "It’s the default plot of the country’s entertainment and gaming industries, where the violence is always consequence-free." (Photo: flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Sanctity of Life
Militarized police, the omnipresence of guns, the ever-present possibility of violence and the common belief in an enemy (be it dark-skinned terrorist or basic bad guy) who is out to get us.
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Jill Richardson
Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’ in the Trump Era
Is it ever appropriate for mental health professionals to diagnose a politician from afar? Maybe.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
"They should light up the Empire State Building in green tonight — for the money the city is going to save, and for the planet it will help protect in the process." (Photo/Nara Garber) Bill McKibben
Applaud Mayor de Blasio and NYC for Climate Courage: Righteous Pension Divestment, Legal Fight Against Fossil-Fuel Companies
Earth’s mightiest city is now in full-on battle with the planet’s richest, most irresponsible industry.
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"It’s a disturbing pattern that’s quickly becoming a calling card of the Trump administration: targeting communities that were previously low-priorities for immigration enforcement and attempting to force them out of the country as hastily as possible, no matter the danger that may await them." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Amrit Cheng
ICE Abused Somalis for 2 Days On a Plane and Now Wants to Send Them Into Harm’s Way
Rahim is one of 92 Somali nationals, currently locked up in Florida, who ICE is rushing to deport before they have a chance to ask to reopen their immigration cases so that a judge can consider the danger to their lives.
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"The scientific consensus is that to create a fully sustainable ocean, we need to fully protect at least 30% of it. Currently, the U.S. protects 13.5% of coastal waters; we'll drop to a small fraction of that if the Trump administration has its way." (Photo: Eco Cafe' Phuket/flickr/cc) Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Jeff Orlowski
What the Trump Administration Doesn't Understand About Ocean Conservation
Think of the ocean as a trust fund. If you want to rely on that fund for the rest of your days, you can only use the interest.
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"With recent polling showing that 66 percent of Democrats care deeply about the issue, the support for urgent and decisive climate action is growing in the party base." (Photo: Food & Water Action Fund) Wenonah Hauter
These Candidates for Congress Want to Win in 2018 on a Platform of Decisive Climate Action
More than 100 U.S. House and Senate candidates pledge to move off fossil fuels.
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Trita Parsi
Will Trump Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal This Week? If So, Threat of War Grows
A key decision by the US president is due by Friday, and could put his country on an almost inevitable path towards more conflict in the Middle East
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"The US military push does not seem to be part of a comprehensive policy approach, either. It is as alarming as it is erratic, reflecting the US constant over-reliance on military solutions to all sorts of problems, including trade and political rivalries." (Photo: Reuters) Ramzy Baroud
Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa
It will be many years before Africa and its 54 nations are truly free from the stubborn neocolonial mindset, which is grounded in racism, economic exploitation and military interventions.
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"But, aside from the tax cuts, the biggest danger facing the country because of Trump's supposed "accomplishments" is his assault on good-government regulation that protects not only our environment, but our financial system and American consumers." (Photo:James Rea/flickr/cc)   Dave Zweifel
If This Is Making America Great, We're In Trouble
The destruction of Donald Trump.
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"Just as progressives deliberately pushed public policies to create the middle class, so are today's economic royalists deliberately pushing plutocratic policies to destroy it." (Hollywata/Flickr cc 2.0) Jim Hightower
What's Killing America's Middle Class?
What we have here is plutocracy in action.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
"But the formality of this step — banning outright leaders and key members of a Jewish organization — is yet further concrete evidence of what has been apparent for some time: that even as the Israeli government makes crystal-clear its commitment to having as few non-Jews as possible within its borders, it is also becoming increasingly blatant about possessing criteria for the types of Jews it considers kosher."(Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beller/Shutterstock) Natasha Roth
Why Has Israel Banned Jewish Leftists But Not Members Of Nazi-linked Groups?
There is a toxic mix of prejudices at work here: racism, illiberalism and religious chauvinism.
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Iranian pro-government supporters in Mashhad hold posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally after authorities declared the end of unrest on 4 January 2018 (AFP) Soumaya Ghannoushi
US Hypocrisy, From Cairo to Tehran
Washington would be better off challenging absolute theocracies and brutal dictatorships, rather than confronting a semi-democracy in a region in which tyranny and absolutism are the norm.
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"It would help if you are seen working on your empathy for the tens of millions of deprived and innocent people, including children, exposed to various forms of risk and exploitation in their daily lives here and abroad whom you are adversely affecting." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Working on Empathy and Other Concerns: An Open Letter to Donald Trump
"Please release your full medical records with the necessary technical details and explanations to give the public confidence in your health."
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As I was departing from my first visit here, a 15 year-old friend said, “Goodbye, Mr. Ken. You are very brave to come here.” “No,” I replied. “You are the brave one. I can go home. You live here.”(Photo: VCNC) Ken Hannaford-Ricardi
Death at the Gate
“When is my time going to come?”
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Tom Engelhardt
Welcome to 2018: Another "Non-War Year" in Oblivious America
A "non-war year"? Tell that to the Afghans, the Iraqis, the Syrians, the Yemenis, the Somalis, or for that matter the parents of the four American Green Berets who died in Niger last October.
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“There is no persuasive security rationale for having U.S. Special Operations forces involved in an astonishing 149 countries, given that the results of these missions are just as likely to provoke greater conflict as they are to reduce it, in large part because a U.S. military presence is too often used as a recruiting tool by local terrorist organizations." (Photo: USASOC News Service/flickr/cc) Nick Turse
The Coming Year in U.S. Special Operations Failures
From Afghanistan to Somalia, Special Ops Achieves Less With More.
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"The seeds of the commission were planted after the 2016 election, when President-elect Donald Trump claimed for the first time that millions of votes were cast illegally. And since then, despite zero evidence, the president has repeated the claim ad nauseam." (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc) Adam Eichen, Diana Tomezsko
Voting Rights Still Need Your Protection
Even with Trump’s bogus voter fraud panel gone, the fight against voter suppression isn’t over.
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 "In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians." (Photo:Screenshot) Ben Norton
MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen
Finds Russia 5000% more newsworthy.
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North Korean schoolchildren. (Photo: Stephan/ Flickr) Andy Heintz
In the Nuclear Standoff, Ordinary North Koreans Disappear
An advocate for North Korean refugees outlines an alternative approach to political change and regional peace in Korea.
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 "Over the past 16 years, Israel’s army has killed on average 11 children a month." (Photo: Alberto Hugo Rojas/flickr/cc) Jonathan Cook
Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis a Lesson Worthy of Gandhi
Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis.
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Bernie Sanders
It’s on Republicans to Stop a Shutdown
This is not just my viewpoint. It’s what the American people want.
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Monday, January 8, 2018
A worker removes oil from the sand at Refugio State Beach in the Santa Barbara Channel, north of Goleta, Calif., one month after a massive oil spill in May 2015. The Trump administration has moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/ Associated Press) Will Bunch
Actually, The Most Insane Thing About 'Stable Genius' Trump May Be His Policies
The portrait of presidential inadequacy that should have been clear from the very first moment that orange hurricane of hair descended the Trump Tower escalators in June 2015 has now come into full, horrifying focus.
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Between 4 million and 5 million people turned out in over 650 marches across the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo: Unsplash) Sarah van Gelder
We Must March. But We Must Also Organize Locally
The next women’s march is in the works. Although big mobilizations are important, they’re just one tactic.
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"They want to conquer and colonize the public economy, reducing government to an empty shell and turning its activities into profit centers for corporations whose power cannot be questioned." (Photo: Twitter/JJ Wyatt) Richard Eskow
The GOP’s 100-Year War Is Bigger Than Taxes or Trump
While the nation obsesses about Trump, he and his fellow Republicans are radically rewiring our political and economic order.
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"And then there's the stock market, more than tripling in value since the recession, repeatedly reaching record highs, with almost all of the gains going to the richest 10%." (Photo: NoHoDamon/Flickr/cc) Paul Buchheit
How Inequality Is Killing Off Humanity
They're making it nearly impossible to reverse the deadly effects of an unnaturally unequal society, in part because they're no longer connected to the world beyond their estates.
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"The country -- if it even exists as the United States of America decades from now when they’re adults -- will undoubtedly still be waging war across the planet." (Photo: Angus Chan/flickr/cc) Frida Berrigan
'Do Kids Die, Mom?: Parenting in a World on Fire
Facing the future with trepidation during the Age of Trump
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 "Over the last seven decades, as Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands has expanded, Israel has met criticism of its widely understood illegal actions by refusing entry to more and more activists and critics, to include Jews like myself." (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Ariel Gold
By Barring Me And My Fellow Activists, Israel Is Further Isolating Itself
As BDS grows, builds and succeeds, Israel becomes more and more desperate to contain it.
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Sunday, January 7, 2018
Ellen Brown
Student Debt Slavery: Time to Level the Playing Field
We need to free our students from the system of debt slavery that has financialized education, turning it from an investment in human capital into a tool for exploiting the young for the benefit of private investors.
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Robert Reich
Seriously, How Dumb is Trump?
Or is he an extraordinarily talented conman?
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Christen A. Smith
The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner
If the world is to truly begin to take steps to preserve black women’s lives, then we must take this into account in our discussions.
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Beverly Bell
What We Want for 2018: The Biggest Movement Leaders Envision the Changes Ahead
From Alicia Garza to Annie Leonard, nine organizers share their hopes for the new year.
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A fireworks display in London marks the start of 2018. (Photo: Amanda Slater/flickr/cc) John Buell
2017: Corporate Sins of Commission and Omission
Some of the most outrageous, even reckless performances of the year
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Saturday, January 6, 2018
Andrew Cohen
The Overton Window and Trump's Judges
Trump’s judicial nominees have been so extreme that what was once considered beyond the pale is now acceptable.
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Human rights campaigners protest at the Farnborough International Arms Fair on July 11, 2016. (Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/flickr/cc) Stephen McCloskey
Western Complicity Is Fueling Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis
A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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Sam Pizzigati
The Free Market Made Us Do It!
A new global CEO pay comparison, the most dramatic yet, demolishes the standard-issue corporate rationale for America's over-the-top executive compensation.
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Demonstrators take part in a rally against offshore drilling outside the White House on May 15, 2016. (Photo: DCErica/flickr/cc) Sue Sturgis
Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Flouts Law by Ignoring Governors' Wishes
Listening to governors when drawing up a five-year offshore drilling plan is not merely a matter of courtesy
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A Twitter user illustrated the irony of Trump calling for respect for the people’s right to express themselves—in Iran. Adam Johnson
Think Tank-Addicted Media Turn to Regime Change Enthusiasts for Iran Protest Commentary
As usual, it’s simply taken for granted the United States has a divine right to intervene in the affairs of Iran.
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Friday, January 5, 2018
"As the diplomatic process finally begins, there will be countless opportunities for the Trump administration to undermine it, and countless voices telling it to." (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) Kevin Martin, Gabe Murphy
North Korea Diplomacy Needs Defending, Not Snarky Tweets
While slowly warming to the prospect of dialogue with North Korea, the administration has been taking a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ approach.
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"Kobach, who gained national notoriety for his relentless efforts to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Kansans, met with Trump before his inauguration and reportedly was a source for the president’s unsubstantiated claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the presidential election." (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Brian Tashman
Trump Wants Homeland Security to Continue Dirty Work of Voter Suppression
Purging voters is Kobach’s aim.
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President Trump at the White House on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Eugene Robinson
Trump Was Right To Hope He’d Lose
Somebody tell me how we survive three more years of this oppressive, exhausting show.
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Sarah Anderson
RIP Marc Raskin, Who Connected the Dots Between Inequality and War
The late IPS co-founder consistently connected the dots between America’s military adventures overseas and economic and racial injustice at home.
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 "If indigenous history is covered, students are likely to hear a tragic but vague narrative of massacre, disease, and death, a narrative devoid of the specific political and tribal context that is vital to understanding the colonial and imperial relationship between Native communities and the U.S." (Photo: Reuters) Halee Kirkwood
7 Acts of Native Resistance They Don’t Teach in School
It is irresponsible to teach the tragedies without also teaching the resistance movements that oppose colonial violence.
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"In the U.S. where industrial agriculture has dominated (and degenerated) for far too long, a growing number of farmers are reclaiming their independence by returning to their roots." (Photo: Public Domain) Ronnie Cummins
Let's Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!
Planet Earth will survive in one form or another, no matter what damage we humans inflict on it. The question is, will we survive with it?
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"While many in the international community were focused on what the American move would mean for the future of the region and the so-called peace process, few paid heed to the fact that the US and Israel had something far more consequential in mind." (Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/flickr/cc) Ramzy Baroud
Israel Step Closer to Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City
The US and Israel are now actively invested in a system of political Apartheid in Palestine, and are twisting the arm of the PA to facilitate such a dreadful regime.
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"The loss of Net Neutrality will have a disproportionately severe impact on people of color, who rely on an open internet to challenge systemic racism, seek out educational and economic opportunities, combat dehumanizing narratives and fight for justice." (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Timothy Karr
Trump's Appalling Record on Internet Freedom at Home Makes Him a Weak Champion of Rights Overseas
Donald Trump wants to make the internet great again … in Iran.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
"That the protests have resulted at least in part from U.S. policies to squeeze Iran is immaterial to Trump and his supporters in Congress." (Photo: Hamed Saber / Flickr) John Feffer
Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About
Iranians are protesting conditions worsened by U.S. policies, but Washington’s hawks see only an opportunity for regime change.
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Opposition leaders Mel Zelaya and Salvador Nasralla speak to crowds during a protest in Tegucigalpa while the army ominously line up behind them. Mel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup, endorsed by the U.S. goverment, in 2009. In 2017, Salvador Nasralla was the presidential candidate for the opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship. The opposition point to irregularities before, during and after the election that are backed up by reports from the Observer Mission of the Organisation of American States Jonathan Marshall
While Pundits Condemn Iran, Honduran Police Kill Street Demonstrators
Do you smell a double standard? You should—and hardly for the first time.
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"The criminalization of people who end their own pregnancies fits into a larger landscape of overcriminalization in general, and over-policing of communities of color specifically."(Photo: Getty ) Jill E. Adams
If Trump Wants To End Roe v. Wade, We Must Fight For Legal Abortion
When abortion opponents, candidates and lawmakers speak of abolishing abortion, they are really talking about sending people who have abortions to jail.
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The jet stream and polar vortex on January 3, 2018. (Photo: Map from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.) Brenda Ekwurzel
The Polar Vortex, Winter Storm Grayson, and Climate Change: What’s the Connection?
Scientists are making progress in better understanding how much natural seasonal patterns, ocean cycles, and other factors play a role in altering the jet stream and how much global warming is responsible.
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"There was then just one country targeted, the very one where, a little more than a decade earlier, the U.S. had ended a long proxy war against the Soviet Union during which it had financed, armed, or backed an extreme set of Islamic fundamentalist groups, including a rich young Saudi by the name of Osama bin Laden." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
Mapping a World From Hell
76 countries are now involved in Washington’s war on terror.
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Palestinian school girls sit behind a flag of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) as they attend the "Life and Hope" festival at an UNRWA school in the war-battered southern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah, near the border with Egypt. (Photo: AFP) Yara Hawari
What Would Happen If Trump Cuts UNRWA Funding?
A total US funding cut would mean a serious reduction in services and the complete halt of many of the education and health programmes.
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"The president’s tweets in support of the protesters were a good start. Washington should also let loose a tsunami of sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards, the linchpin of Iran’s dictatorship. Policy-wise, that would be a good place to start," said Reuel Marc Gerecht (Center for American Progress via Flickr). Eli Clifton
Iran Hawks Embrace Protest Movement But Show Little Concern For Iranian Lives
Their agenda is to align the U.S. with anything likely to destabilize the Iranian government, regardless the human cost.
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"In our contemporary mythology, the defining gods, especially here in the “developed world,” are hulking, dangerous entities called nations, which stomp across the planet endlessly pursuing their interests."(Photo: Adam Fagen/Flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Button, The Wall And The Myth Of Nations
The most toxic force on Planet Earth is nationalism.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
"To save the heart and soul of our democracy, America needs a radical revolution of values." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Philip Lederer MD
Notes From the Burn Intensive Care Unit
Will Americans stay silent while the United States becomes a country in which billionaires control our political system, families live in homeless shelters, and kids die from preventable diseases?
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 "Visa recently offered select merchants a $10,000 reward for depriving customers of their right to pay by the method of their choice.” (Photo: Flickr/401(K) 2012/cc) Ralph Nader
Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash
Once you’re in the credit card system, lack of privacy and access to your credit are just the tip of the iceberg.
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While many of us were absorbed in the holidays, the Trump administration relaxed Medicare’s penalty protocols by “scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.”(Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Elizabeth Bruenig
Trump Is Nakedly Fragile
Whatever virtues Trump and his administration are aiming for, mercy isn’t among them. Mercy, after all, is a quality of the strong; in his repeated attacks on those with the very least, Trump is most obviously weak.
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"Fiercely opposed to the Iraq War, Raskin wrote in 2007: "(The) United States must avoid making more global messes. The nuclear option must be removed from the table, including threats of 'preemptive' and 'preventive' war." (Photo: Twitter) John Nichols
Wisconsin-Born Marcus Raskin Shaped Progressive Politics Of Two Centuries
Raskin never lost faith in that prospect of universal justice.
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A million Palestinians in Gaza depend on UNRWA emergency food rations. That number soared from just 80,000 in 2000, after years of Israeli siege and military assaults on the territory. Abed Rahim Khatib APA images Ali Abunimah
What Happens If Trump Does Stop Aid To Palestinians?
US aid to the Palestinian Authority has averaged around $400 million a year – and primarily benefits Israel by reinforcing the status quo of occupation.
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New Zealand singer Lorde announced on December 24 she will not be performing in Tel Aviv in 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez) Hind Awwad
Lorde Set An Example For Young Celebrities To Follow
Exhibiting the political maturity of a truly "informed young citizen", she recognised why the overwhelming majority of Palestinians have called on international cultural figures not to entertain apartheid Israel.
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"Human Rights Watch has documented that the Saudi-led coalition was using internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 16 attacks that targeted populated areas, killing scores of civilians including women and children." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) César Chelala
Yemen Is Today's Guernica
The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led massacre of innoncent Yemeni civilians.
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Jim Hightower
Inequality is Feeding America
Vast disparities in the economy happen not by chance, but by intentional design
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Norman Solomon
Social Media Madness: The Russia Canard
There are real parallels between the McCarthy Era and today's anti-Russia fervor in the United States
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
“The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” became an instant bestseller in ways that even one of the largest publishers in the nation did not anticipate. (Photo: Lesley Becker/Globe Staff) Bandy X. Lee, Leonard L. Glass
The Ethics of Warning the Public About a Dangerous President
Mental health professionals should further engage in educating the public, not less.
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The utter ignorance and stupidity underlying this tweet is staggering for someone with so much power. As the New York Times noted in response: “Trump’s tweet made the common mistake of looking at local weather and making broader assumptions about the climate at large.”(Photo: Another Believer) Andy Rowell
As Trump’s Climate Denial Continues, Experts Take Flight to France
In time, there will be a so-called “brain drain” of leading climate experts who will leave the US to escape the noxious fumes of the Trump Administration.
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A child, 10, watches a video during her 15 minutes of computer time at her home in San Jose, Calif. on Dec. 14. (Josie Lepe / TNS) Naomi Schaefer Riley
Kids Don't Need a Cellphone; They Need a Digital Diet
When you take away phones and tablets, you have to give your kids other things — more time outside, more low-tech toys or more time with you.
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Matt Taibbi
Goodbye, Erica Garner
In a life full of tragedy, she died too soon.
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A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police on December 30, 2017 [AP] Ahmad Sadri
Why Did Protests Erupt In Iran?
Deep within Iran's authoritarian system there is a tiny democratic heart, complete with elective, presidential and parliamentary chambers, desperately beating against an unyielding, theocratic exoskeleton.
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“Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate nonviolence for the whole world. That’s my philosophy. I don’t believe in death and killing on any side, no matter who’s heading it up—whether it be America or any other country." (Photo: AP/Jack Thornell) Rev. John Dear
The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”
It’s our most important choice ever.
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Monday, January 1, 2018
Will Bunch
The One Half-True Thing Trump Said in Times Interview Was Scarier Than His Two Dozen Lies
As 2018 dawns, The Donald clearly hasn’t lost track of his One Big Idea.
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Reza Marashi
Iran Protests: Civil Rights Movement Or Revolution?
As things currently stand, these protests more closely resemble a continuation of Iran’s long-standing civil rights movement rather than an attempt to overthrow the government.
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Sarah van Gelder
Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized
Removing debris after a hurricane or giving blood after a shooting empowers us.
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Jared Bernstein
A New Year’s Resolution for the Media: Do Not Let Republicans Get Away With Saying ‘Reforms’ When They Mean ‘Cuts’
There’s no reason to expect general readers to intuitively understand that when House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) says he plans to “reform” entitlements, he means to cut them.
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Trita Parsi
There's Something Different About These Iran Protests
Four days into the protests, there are still more questions than answers.
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
F-35 Lawrence Wittner
Why the 'Merchants of Death' Survive and Prosper
As long as people retain their faith in the supreme value of military might, we can probably also expect "defense contractors" to continue profiting from war at the public's expense.
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resolutions Jill Richardson
A New Year’s Resolution: Time to Speak Up
When men make me feel uncomfortable, I'm going to tell them. It's their job to listen.
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Michael Hiltzik
Netflix Raises Executive Salaries, Proving That 'Performance-Based' Pay Always Was a Sham
"For nearly a quarter-century, or since the Clinton era, tax deductions for executive salaries have been limited to $1 million per executive. But there's a loophole."
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Mark Landler's New York Times Adam Johnson
Trumpwashing 70 Years of Crimes: Under Guise of Criticizing President, Times Pushes Pro-US Ideology
What exactly is this "liberal, rules-based international order," and when did "the world" view the United States as its most reliable anchor?
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman Juan Cole
Top 5 Signs Trump Doesn’t Actually Care About Iranian Protesters
"Sympathizing with working people facing increased prices is not Trump's brand, and it is rich for him to pretend to care about them."
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protester and police Jacob J. Hutt
How a Supreme Court Ruling Could Embolden Police Retaliation Against Political Speech
"If the probable cause rule becomes law nationwide, retaliatory arrest lawsuits—a primary tool for deterring police misconduct—will become much harder to win."
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Amazon David Korten
What Bitcoin and Amazon Are Doing to the Middle Class
Roughly 20 percent of U.S. workers are in a high-paying finance, technology, and electronics sectors. The other 80 percent face a daily struggle to survive.
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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Yemen protests Kathy Kelly
Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice: Young Yemenis Sounded Alarms Before the Civil War
"Now, the nightmare of famine and disease those peaceful youths anticipated has become a horrid reality, and their city of Ta'iz is transformed into a battlefield."
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Sadah, Yemen Adam Johnson
The Top 10 Under-Covered News Stories of 2017
What else happened while the media focused on the president's tweets; the attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act; the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico; the tax bill; and #MeToo?
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Juan Cole
Did the US Cause Iran’s Economic Protests & Will Trump Take Advantage?
"To the extent that the protests come out of economic distress, the U.S. is certainly a big part of the problem here, acting in part at the behest of the Israel lobbies and in part at those of the arms manufacturers and oil interests."
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immigrant child with mother Christopher Brauchli
Who Knows What Other Surprises the Fool Has in Store for Us?
"Always creative, the Trumpeters have now come up with a brand new idea on how to control illegal immigration."
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Marc Raskin Phyllis Bennis
Remembering Marc Raskin (1934-2017): A Progressive Leader Whose Legacy Outlives His Death
"We'll keep working in your name—challenging the new threats, stopping the next wars, transforming the new world, finding the new leaders."
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graphic John Atcheson
No, Mr. Trump, the World Does Not Need 'a Little Bit of That Good Old Global Warming'
"Having an ignorant reality TV star in the White House dismantling environmental protections and fostering fossil fuels is not just embarrassing, it's downright dangerous."
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Donald Trump Eugene Robinson
Trump’s First Year Was Even Worse Than Feared—But Voters Can Change Things Up at the Ballot Box in 2018
"Our duty is to elect a Congress that will bring this runaway train under control."
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Friday, December 29, 2017
"As bad as 2017 was, it’s important to understand that Trump is merely a symptom of a far worse malady; one that has been brewing for a long time.  Specifically, he is the logical end point of a decades long campaign by the oligarchy to take over America." John Atcheson
A Year That Will Live In Ignominy
How We Got Here – Can We Get Back?
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The US share of the UN regular budget equals roughly seven hours of Pentagon spending. (Photo:Bettmann/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
A Trump Christmas Carol
At the behest of the US, the UN regular budget for 2018-2019 has been reduced by $285 million per year. But the world receives an astounding return on its investments in the UN, and member countries should be investing far more, not less, in its organizations and programs.
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A protester walks by a barricade of burning tires in the neighborhood of Villanueva in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on December 15, 2017. Jeff Abbott
International Community Remains Split Over Contested Honduran Election As Protests Continue
The rhetoric of the state and the growing intensity of the protests has led many to fear that Honduras is heading toward a civil war.
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"He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history." (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
New Year’s Update for Trump Voters
A list of lies.
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"We have a leader who has gleefully and recklessly been dismantling and destabilizing our government and our ties with other governments around the world, and the majority party in Congress has been colluding."(Photo: Samantha Stamas/Globe Staff Illustration) Joan Wickersham
The Name Of The Elephant
The tale of an elected president turned self-declared emperor.
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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis visited with individuals and families at the US/Mexico Border as a part of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival on October 23, 2017. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
We Need A Moral Movement
In our travels to more than 32 states, we bore personal witness to the extreme poverty and systemic inequality that plague the world’s wealthiest democracy.
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"Jeff Sessions’ action makes clear that he and his Justice Department are unconcerned by courts trampling on the rights of poor people." (Photo: AP/Jay LaPrete, archivo) Nusrat Choudhury
Jeff Sessions Takes a Stand for Debtors’ Prisons
There is no place in this country for a justice system that lets rich people buy their freedom while poor people are locked up or lose their driver’s licenses because they can’t afford to pay money to courts.
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"The reality is that the small number of estate tax beneficiaries aren’t farmers at all. They’re mostly wealthy city dwellers." (Photo: Chuck Collins
Help For Struggling Millionaires Is On the Way
If you're struggling to get by on $20 million, the GOP is looking out for you and your heirs.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017
"The brains behind this latest move is Seema Verma, a conservative healthcare specialist out of Indiana, where she worked for the administrations of both the overrated Mitch Daniels and the unrated Mike Pence." (Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Trumpian Philosophy: Any Regulation Is Bad, Even If It Protects Sick Old People
Nursing home residents beware.
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 Children at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza after a strike by Israel (Facebook / المركز الفلسطيني للاعلام) Belén Fernández
Remembering Cast Lead: How Corporate Media Continue To Justify Israel's Criminal Excesses
Media defences of Israel have become so institutionalised that the situation is almost boring to discuss.
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