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Friday, June 16, 2017
Kenneth Peres
Wrong Way Economics: Trump's Roadmap for Corporate Domination
Trump's economic policies can be summed up as CACAnomics: an acronym for Corporate Agenda (CA), Cronyism (C) and Authoritarianism (A)
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Lindy Hern
The Power of Personal Connections in the Dark Age of Trump
Sitting in my relatively new home in Hawai’i in January of 2017, I’m watching Nina Turner, past state-senator in Ohio and current progressive leader, speak to hundreds of single-payer activists at...
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Jake Johnston
Miami Conference Signals Further Militarization of US Policy in Central America
In a high-level meeting Friday, the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will discuss the region’s security with American and Mexican officials. Innocuous enough, you may think. But part...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Michael Winship
'Stonewall' Sessions Leads the Charge Of the Trump Brigade
The attorney general's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee was more smoke and mirrors.
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Ken Kimmell
If the Feds Won't Face Climate Change, the Region Can
"Trump’s pull-out from Paris has created a strong backlash, and it is heartening to see leaders vowing to step up."
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John Nichols
A Progressive Electoral Wave Is Sweeping the Country
The Trump-obsessed big media are mostly ignoring it, but Bernie-inspired activists are winning across the country—including in districts that went for Trump in 2016.
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Steven Harper
Obstruction of Justice: Seeing the Forest and the Trees
A lawyer helps to break down the different ways of arguing what constitutes obstruction of justice.
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Adam Johnson
Media Help Republicans Gut Obamacare Behind Closed Doors
"Shouldn’t we have the public debate before the vote this time, and not have people scrambling to call their congresspeople at the last minute?"
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John Atcheson
Power or Principles: How the Establishment Branch of the Democratic Party Is Choosing to Lose Both
"The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on …" —Sen. Bernie Sanders addressing The People's Summit There’s a war on for the soul of the Democratic Party. On one side are the...
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Karen Greenberg
A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children
In this age of grief, where have all the children gone?
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Liz Ryan Murray
What They Want to Hide Tells You Who They Are
The Treasury Department has released their report on financial regulations they want to scrap. Spoiler alert: the Wall Street sharpies who Trump put in charge of our economy, who made fortunes on...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
White House for Sale: Emoluments, Corruption and Donald Trump
“Emolument” is a word few people used, or even knew, until Donald Trump assumed the presidency. Now, it’s being bandied about the Beltway on a daily basis, and is at the heart of several lawsuits...
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Robert C. Koehler
Uprooting the N-Word
The word, inappropriately uttered, has the news value of a bullet fired off at the mall. One word. It’s the ticking time bomb of American history. It pulsates with paradox. I want to take a moment to...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Conn Hallinan
The Long Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen. It’s Capitalism.
The good news out of Europe is that Marine Le Pen’s neo-Nazi National Front took a beating in the May 7 French presidential election. The bad news is that the program of the winner, Emmanuel Macron,...
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Evan Popp
Democrats Don’t Have a Progressive Foreign Policy Vision. And They Need One
Former President Barack Obama once articulated his vision of foreign policy as not doing “stupid shit.” By this he meant not putting boots on the ground in long-term, unwinnable wars. What this...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The GOP Is Working Stealthily to Shred Health and Financial Protections for Ordinary Americans
The bars opened early in Washington and elsewhere last Thursday, as more than 19 million Americans tuned in when the networks and cable news channels carried live former FBI director James B. Comey’s...
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Richard Eskow
Cuomo Wants to Privatize Penn Station; That’s a Bad Republican Idea
New Yorkers face a “ summer of hell ” as Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie seek to hand over the city’s historic Penn Station to private investors. This “hell” is the result of our leaders’ “...
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Jim Hightower
The GOP Will Free You from Having Health Care
When I think of freedom, I think of it in positive, aspirational terms — our First Amendment freedoms, for example, or FDR's "Four freedoms" or the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Brett Max Kaufman
The US Intelligence Community Can Share Your Personal Information With Other Governments, and We’re Demanding Answers
While the ACLU’s focus on foreign intelligence surveillance typically centers on the U.S. government’s National Security Agency, intelligence collection actually operates on a global scale. Our...
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Richard Eskow
The Koch Brothers & Trump: The Men Who Sold the World
When he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific...
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Audrey Juarez
A Year After Pulse, We Are More Than Survivors
I still remember the metallic taste in my mouth when I first heard about the Pulse night club shooting. I was sitting on my couch, hung over from DC Pride, scrolling through Twitter. My whole feed...
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Tom Engelhardt
America Last: Will Trump Set a Record for the History Books?
In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it’s almost wondrous to behold. As befits our president’s wildest dreams, it may even prove to be a record for the ages, one for the history books. He was,...
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Shaun King
Every Democrat in America Should Support Medicare for All
In a recent poll from the health insurance industry, only 8% of Americans actually want the United States Senate to pass the terrible Trumpcare bill, also known as the Affordable Health Care Act,...
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John Nichols
An Article of Impeachment Based on Trump’s Obstruction of Justice Is Now Circulating in the House
California Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior Democrat, proposes a resolution—and promises to trigger impeachment votes in the chamber.
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Marty Lederman
Why Trump Can’t (Lawfully) Fire Mueller
Such an act would make Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre look like a genteel tea party
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Thomas S. Harrington
Total Surprise! People Love the Left's Ideas for Progress
I just can't believe what happened in the British elections. I can't get over the fact that that when a politician with real convictions honed over 40 years of political life—generous and forward-...
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Betsy Hartmann
Trump’s Apocalypse Has Been a Long Time Coming
As the first-year anniversary passes of Omar Mateen's deadly attack on the gay Pulse night club in Orlando, it's worth remembering Donald Trump's apocalyptic response. Out on the campaign trail, he...
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Robert Naiman
Tuesday: A Senate Roll Call on Saudi Arabia's War and Yemen's Famine
With the Senate, it's always hard to know for sure when a vote will be. But the latest reports are that a Senate vote on Trump's Saudi arms deal will happen after 2pm ET Tuesday. This vote is a...
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Peter Dreier
Fifty Years Ago, the Supreme Court Knocked Down Bans on Interracial Marriage. How Have Things Changed Since Then?
Should we allow states to decide whether black Americans may marry white Americans? Today, such an idea seems absurd. Most Americans believe that states shouldn't be permitted to trample on the basic...
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David Schwenk
People's Summit Vows to Transform Resistance into Power
Gathering of progressive activists and organizers celebrates new generation of progressive leaders
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Medea Benjamin
Draft Bernie? Democratic Party Takeover? Strategic Concerns Paramount at People's Summit
Because criticizing the Democrats and ditching them are two entirely different things
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Michael T. Klare
Battle for the Future: Trump's Dystopian Vision vs. Push for Brave Green World
Is Trump launching a new world order?
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Chris Hedges
The Age of Anger
"History informs the present," Hedges writes
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Paul Buchheit
Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population
Last year it was 8 men , then down to 6 , and now almost 5. While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis...
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Tony Norman
The Gospel According to Donald Trump
On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said out loud what a majority of Americans concluded a long time ago — that President Donald J...
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Tom Steyer
Republicans Set A Standard For Impeachment — And Trump Has Met It
Former FBI Director James Comey’s explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee began with an unambiguous declaration that the president of the United States lied about his firing. He...
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Linda McQuaig
NAFTA’s Dirty Secret: It Lets U.S. Control Canada's Oil
Why wouldn’t Canadians be happy to leave our energy in the hands of Trump’s Washington and Big Oil?
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Stephen Kinzer
Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World
Just a few months ago, the governor of Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta, seemed headed for easy re-election despite the fact that he is a Christian in a mostly Muslim country. Suddenly everything...
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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Sepideah Mohsenian-Rahman
Daesh Claims Responsibility for Unprecedented Terror in Tehran
Twin attacks left 12 civilians dead and at least 46 wounded in Tehran on Wednesday. In the almost simultaneous attacks claimed by ISIS just weeks after Donald Trump completed his first tour to the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Ethics? Trump?
Grub first: then ethics — Bertolt Brecht, Three Penny Opera It is a distinct pleasure to be the first columnist to disabuse a troubled American public of an easily understandable, but totally...
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Mark Weisbrot
The Resurrection of Jeremy Corbyn: Truth Can Be an Effective Political Weapon
The Labour Manifesto allowed voters to see that Corbyn stood for things they believed in.
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Dana Drugmand
Advancing Clean Energy at the State Level - An Imperative
In the wake of President Trump's recent decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, one thing seems abundantly clear, and that is that the role of states in advancing...
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Kathy Kelly
Courage for Peace, Not for War, in Afghanistan
When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about fifty sky-blue scarves. The word “...
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Friday, June 9, 2017
Michael Winship
Comey Got in the Face of Trump's 'Godfather' Fantasy
The testimony of the fired FBI director revealed a president who sees himself more crime boss than chief executive.
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David Schwenk
Promise in the Land of Despair: The Crisis Is Not Over in Flint, Michigan
While the state and federal governments have failed, two outposts of citizen aid are providing support and fostering hope
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Stephen Kretzmann
For This Climate Fight: Less PowerPoint. More Power.
There is no way to solve climate without confronting – and defeating – the fossil fuel industry.
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Amy Kroin
Join the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality
"There's no way to resist this administration or engage in any other kind of activism online without Net Neutrality"
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Reza Marashi, Trita Parsi
As Iranians Vote For Peace, Trump Helps Saudi Arabia Pick Another Fight
Iranian society extended its hand to the world, and the governments in Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv responded with threatening clenched fists.
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Nick Dearden
After the UK General Election – We Must Write the Script for What Comes Next
In the last six weeks we’ve seen that change is possible. The general election was called because the prime minister insisted there was too much opposition to her plans in parliament. We were told...
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Jonathan Cook
The Facts Proving Jeremy Corbyn’s Election Triumph
Progressive leader has turned around the electoral fortunes of his party more than anyone in 70 years
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Richard Eskow
Kitchen Logic: Don't Let Trump's GOP Privatize America
Privatization—the transfer of government-owned resources to private interests—is a permanent solution to a temporary problem
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George Zornick
Can Robert Mueller Really Hold Trump Accountable?
The special counsel loomed large over the entire Comey hearing Thursday.
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Jesselyn Radack
Reality Winner Is a Whistleblower
Many whistleblowers pay a very high price. The least we can do is protect them.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Neema Singh Guliani
Trump, Hypocritically, Moves to Make Temporary Surveillance Powers Permanent
President Trump thinks surveillance is just “terrible.” “You look at the extent of surveillance,” he laments. “Me and so many other people, it’s terrible.” Given these statements, and Vice President’...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Dying Man’s Gift of Awareness
“Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them... ” These words are also part of the geopolitics of murder — these words of light and hope, alive and pulsing...
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Peter Bloom
Corbyn and Labour are Fighting for a New Progressive Political Mainstream
On April 18 the newly selected Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election for June 8th, declaring it "the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead." This was a...
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Ben Norton
Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly
Millions of people across the United Kingdom are voting in an early general election on June 8. For the first time in several decades, voters have the possibility of electing a staunch left-wing...
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Nomi Prins
Dear President Trump: Breaking Up (Banks) Isn’t So Hard to Do
What's your pleasure: A new Glass-Steagall or another economic meltdown?
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Joan Chittister
Make America, America again
There's a pall hanging over the country these days. And it's everywhere. It colors every news article, of course. But, it's not only the news that's been tainted by the non-majority election of a...
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Charles P. Pierce
It Is Time for Donald Trump to Leave the White House
The government cannot pass any stress test with this president* in office.
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Robert Reich
Impeach Him Now
Why engage in a purely symbolic gesture? Plenty of reasons.
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Liz Ryan Murray
CHOICE Act Is a Lump of Coal in Our Stocking
“Wall Street wrote their wish list, and to Congress they’re flocking: But this Christmas in June, let’s put coal in their stocking!” Republicans in the House want make the deepest desires of Wall...
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
John Nichols
Bernie Sanders Is Super Excited About Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Austerity Campaign
Bernie Sanders traveled to Britain last week, attracting crowds that confirmed that the Vermont senator has emerged as not just the most popular active political figure in the United States but an...
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Jennifer Bing
Palestinian Children’s Lives Are Shaped By 50 Years of Military Occupation
Five decades of occupation have turned military violence into the norm for Palestinian children.
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Phil Gasper
Could Jeremy Corbyn Pull off a British Upset?
Can the British Labour Party pull off an astounding come-from-behind victory in the UK general election this Thursday? The odds still favor Theresa May’s Conservatives (known as the Tories), emerging...
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Bernie Sanders
Why Trump's So-Called Infrastructure Plan Is Good for Wall Street But Bad for America
Donald Trump’s so-called infrastructure plan is a huge giveaway to Wall Street that fails to create the millions of jobs we need to modernize our roads, bridges, water systems, rail, airports, levees...
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Michelle Chen
How the States Can Still Fight Climate Change — Without the Federal Government
Con fronting the climate crisis shouldn’t be rocket science—to push society to decarbonize, just treat greenhouse gases the way governments treat liquor and cigarettes: Raise the price. With the...
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Neal Gabler
The Trump Doctrine: Up-Yours-Ism!
A chip-on-the-shoulder attitude prevails at the White House. It could destroy the country.
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Nafeez Ahmed
This Is How to End Islamic State Terror - and Stop British Foreign Policy Blowback
It's time for a difficult conversation about the British government's overt and covert military interventions which have made the UK a breeding ground for violent extremism
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Emile Nakhleh
Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Tribal Feud with Regional and Global Implications
On the morning of June 5, Saudi Arabia and four of its regional friends decided to sever diplomatic, economic, and transportation ties with Qatar and its ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Such a...
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
HDS Greenway
Seeds of Fascism Sprout Anew in Trump's America
"It is of course conceivable that a fascist party could be elected to power in free, competitive elections," wrote Robert Paxton in his 2004 book The Anatomy of Fascism
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William Astore
America’s Real Red Scare: The Slow-Motion Collapse of the American Empire
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished...
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LeeAnn Hall
Rural Communities Lose Most With Health Repeal
The GOP health bill won’t just roll back Obamacare – it will end Medicaid as we know it. For thirty years, I’ve helped people fight for health care. In one of my proudest moments, I worked with...
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Eugene Robinson
Trump Is Out of Control
The statements President Trump issued on Twitter in recent days lead to a chilling conclusion: The man is out of control. I know that is a radical thing to say about the elected leader of the United...
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Elizabeth Sawin
Want to See US Climate Progress? Support City and State Leaders and the Grassroots Groups Who Hold Them Accountable
Less than a week after President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, cities and states across the US have adopted the goals of the agreement as their own...
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Diane Ravitch
The Demolition of American Education
Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s proposed budget for the US Department of Education is a boon for privatization and a disaster for public schools and low-income college students. They want to cut...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Time for Democrats to Unite Around Medicare for All
“It’s an unbelievably complex subject,” President Trump said in February , discussing the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” It was...
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William E. Connolly
Changing This Bumbling Narcissist Impossible, So We Must Depose Him
Dear Donald Trump: I write this short note to you shortly after you have moved to cancel participation of the United States in the Paris Climate Accord. I know that many believe you are a stumbling,...
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John de Graaf
A Beautiful American Story
When Hillary Clinton gave the commencement speech at her alma mater Wellesley College on May 26, her message of “Onward Together” reflected that of another Wellesley icon, Katharine Lee Bates, the...
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Monday, June 5, 2017
Andy Rowell
Trump Dismissed as "Climate Buffoon" After Paris Pull-Out
It was meant to be Donald Trump’s greatest triumph. Yet it will prove his greatest failure. It was meant to send a strong powerful message to his supporters at home. But it backfired at home and...
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Kenneth Peres
Roadmap to Destruction: Trump, CACAnomics, and the Rhetoric of National Capitalism
While denigrating and demonizing the "other," the Republican president is playing a sinister and deadly game
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Sam Husseini
After a Terrorist Attack, Spain Rejected Its Hawks. Will Britain?
Spanish voters turned against the incumbent conservative party after the 2004 Madrid bombings.
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Hunter Blair, Josh Bivens
Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Are Empty Promises Not Backed By Money
It has been declared “infrastructure week” by the Trump administration. On the face of it, that should be excellent news. The U.S. economy would benefit enormously from an ambitious increase in...
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Ramzy Baroud
The Unwanted 'Bride': Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?
There is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the very beginning. The Zionist movement, which held its first conference in Basel...
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Juan Cole
How Trump Should Have Responded to London Attacks If He Were Normal
Donald J. Trump 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue/ Mar-a-Lago Florida (Golf Course) Dear Prime Minister May and Mayor Khan : I was devastated to learn that so many people were killed or wounded on London...
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Chris Hedges
Antonio Gramsci and the Battle Against Fascism
"Mass culture is a potent and dangerous counterrevolutionary force," says Hedges. "It creates a herd mentality."
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Rajan Menon
Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula
Why diplomacy is not naïve appeasement in the Korean crisis
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Norman Solomon
Dangerous Discourse: When Progressives Sound like Demagogues
The Trump administration has already done enormous harm to the United States and the planet. Along the way, Trump has also caused many prominent progressives to degrade their own political discourse...
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David Michael Green
Stop Legitimizing 'Conservatism': It's Not an Ideology – It's a Goddamn Death Machine
There’s no end to the maladies that ail American politics these days. It would, indeed, be far easier and quicker to identify what’s working than to itemize the travails that bedevil our pathetic...
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Sunday, June 4, 2017
John Atcheson
Dropping Out of Paris Even Worse Than You Think – Way Worse
How Trump has made himself irrelevant and why collective global action is more important than ever
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Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright
After Paris Withdrawal, Local Resistance is Fertile
Increasingly, people are rising up, speaking out, and taking direct action in their communities to fight for the future of our planet.
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John Light
Trump Has Made the 2020 Election a Referendum on Climate Change
It takes four years to quit the Paris Agreement. That means voters will be able to let Donald Trump know what they think of his decision to do so.
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Andrew Mitrovica
Jeremy Corbyn Was Right in 2003, and He Is Right Again Today
Britain's taste for 'bombing sorties' and 'regime changes' is feeding an interminable cycle of reciprocal violence.
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Bhikkhu Bodhi
A Decision Cruel and Callous
Much has been written over the last several days about the political and economic repercussions of Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out from the Paris Climate Agreement. It’s been pointed out that...
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Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ann Marie Utratel, Stacco Troncoso
Promoting the Commons in the Time of Monsters
How peer-to-peer (P2P) politics can change the world, one city at a time
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Christopher Brauchli
The Immigrant as Criminal
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. —Charles de Secondat, De l’Espirit des Louis (1748) As usual, the fake news people are trying to make a big deal out of the fact that it took DJT more than 48...
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Kristine Mattis
Of Course Trump Has No Moral Compass on Climate. Now It's Up to Us
At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) marked the first international treaty to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions...
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Jamie Henn
The Best Way to Resist Trump Ditching Paris? Divest from Fossil Fuels
Divestment provides us with a powerful way to cut our ties with this destructive industry and start moving in a new direction
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John Nichols
It’s Time to Make the Case for Impeaching Trump
The president blatantly tried to block a federal investigation. That’s obstruction of justice.
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Eamon Ryan
America Is Acting Like a Rogue State, So We Must All Stand Up for What's Right
It was no surprise when Donald Trump walked out into the Rose Garden to announce to the waiting world he was about to drop out of the Paris Climate Agreement. We knew what was coming. We realised...
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