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Friday, October 2, 2020
The corporporation should release a statement recognizing the legitimacy of Palestine and the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality. (Photo: Olivier Matthys/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Ariel Gold, Mary Miller
Who Owes Who an Apology and Will "Palestine" Be Allowed on Canadian Airwaves?
If anything is illegitimate, it is not the word or state of Palestine, and certainly not the Palestinian struggle for liberation. It is Israel’s policies of land theft, violence, illegal settlement construction, and other human rights abuses.
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Could bands of Trump supporters disrupt polling places? (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Will Bunch
It’s Not 'Chaos': Trump Revealed a Clear Blueprint for Crushing American Democracy
When Trump revealed his scheme under the hot TV lights, the message wasn’t just received by Proud Boys and by Putin’s social-media meddlers in St. Petersburg, but also by the American people who solidly support removing him from the White House.
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US President Donald Trump holds a face mask as he speaks during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Mask-Mocking Donald Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19
When Joe Biden said during Tuesday night's debate that the CDC said mask-wearing between now and January could save an estimated 100,000 lives, the president falsely interjected, "but they've also said the opposite."
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Thursday, October 1, 2020
The United States has been the imperial power of record on this planet since World War II. (Photo: urbantimes.co) William Astore
America's Dark Side in the Age of Trump
Have a heart, America. Reject American carnage in all its forms.
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Trump was immune to anything remotely factual and felt no compulsion to act with decorum during the debate, turning it into an interruption-fest and essentially forcing Joe Biden to unleash his contempt back at Trump.  (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Trump and the Lost Country
We're a hypermilitarized global absurdity.
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"There are two great centers of power in this nation: Washington DC and Wall Street," writes Connon. "Both are capable of changing the world, and both, should they choose to do so, are capable of bringing to heel the fossil fuel corporations that are the single greatest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and the single greatest opponents of climate progress. If Washington falls to Trump, climate activists will need to turn to Wall Street." (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Alec Connon
Whatever Happens in November, Wall Street Must Act on the Climate Crisis
Later this week, thousands of people will join Indigenous frontline leaders for an online rally calling on banks, insurance companies, and asset managers to stop doing business with tar sands companies.
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The old trade model has failed working families. But Trump’s disjointed combination of hardline nationalism and tax incentives for offshoring jobs is no solution. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
For Laid-off Workers, Trump’s Lies About Trade and Jobs Are Hard to Swallow
We need a fresh approach to trade that lifts up workers everywhere—not the CEOs who pit workers and communities against each other for their own personal gain.
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A protester dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and another dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump stand outside the White House in the wake of the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 19. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Two Years After Khashoggi’s Brutal Murder, Why Is America Still an Accomplice to MBS's Crimes?
So long as U.S. leaders continue to coddle the Saudis, it’s difficult not to ask who is more evil—the maniacal Saudi crown prince or the mendacious Western governments and businesspeople who support him?
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If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Trump’s tax manipulations reveal where the weak spots are in the current system. (Photo: Khalil Bendib / OtherWords.org) Chuck Collins
You Paid More Taxes Than Donald Trump
There are two tax systems in America: one for you and me, and one for the wealthiest 0.1 percent.
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The Trump administration took $1 billion in stimulus funds that were supposed to go towards making masks and other protective equipment for the pandemic — and gave most of it to weapons manufacturers. (Photo: Shutterstock) Phyllis Bennis
The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought... More Weapons
Make no mistake: The Trump administration’s heartlessness and militarism are costing lives.
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The more Americans grow accustomed to voting by mail, and the more they keep demanding that it be made easier and more reliable, the harder their votes will be to suppress or toss out. (Photo art by No-Mad / Shutterstock.com) Bob Moser
The Propaganda War Against Voting by Mail
Wherever remote voting becomes routine, turnout soars. And we all know who loses then.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett (R), U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens during an announcement ceremony at the White House on September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images) Alan Singer
Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Qualified to Be a Supreme Court Justice
Barrett acknowledges she applies a "religious test" to every legal decision. Her legal philosophy should disqualify her.
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 We will continue to fight for access to reproductive health care for people in federal custody and beyond. (Photo: Victoria Pickering/Flickr/cc) Brigitte Amiri, Meagan Burrows
Victory: After Three Years of Battling in Court, the Trump Administration Abandons its Policy of Banning Abortion for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
The fight for Ms. Doe’s vision of “reproductive freedom for all” is far from over, including for others trapped in immigration detention.
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On August 27, 2020 Nlets cleared my record, but to this day I still have not received a formal apology and Nlets still cannot answer how did this mistake happen. (Photo: Craig Sunter/flickr/cc with overlay) David Canton
National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (Nlets) Suppressed My Vote
As the battle to restore voting rights in Florida continues, I experienced Florida Voter Suppression 2.0.
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Agroecology has been lauded as an approach that should guide the transformation of food and agriculture systems. (Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images) Nina Isabella Moeller, Francois Delvaux
Finance for Agroecology: More Than Just a Dream?
A profound transformation of food systems is needed and such a shift must happen rapidly to constructively address the multiple crises that are threatening humanity.
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Together we can help our neighbors understand how to vote safely and securely, and hold our election officials accountable. (Photo: Cindy Shebley/Flickr) Michael Latner
Voting, Ballot Rejection, and Electoral Integrity in the 2020 Election
Best practices in election administration matter, and fully institutionalizing vote-by-mail across all states could reduce socioeconomic and racial disparities in voting and improve the accuracy of election results.
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Their tactics are worthy of the sleaziest of tinpot dictators from the banana republics of old. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Trump's Rule of Lies and Partisan Judges
We're seeing an egomaniacal incumbent who's so weak and nefarious that he and his obsequious political party are actually spending untold millions of dollars in a disgraceful effort to try to keep American voters from casting ballots.
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This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump during the first presidential debate with Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photos: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
That Was No Debate, It Was a 90-Minute Insult to America
If Trump stays in office, can The Purge be far behind?
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If we're going to make it through two more of these, we're going to have to adopt a survivor's mentality, be on our guard and brace ourselves for a slightly different version of the same kind of vitriol. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Melanie McFarland
The Traumatizing Terror of Trump's Debate Performance: We Just Witnessed an Assault on Democracy
In the first confrontation between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, democracy lost and the audience took a beating.
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Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate against former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Trump Goes Full Authoritarian Dictator
The only winner of last night's "debate" was dictatorship and oligarchy.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate against former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 5 Most Horrible Things Trump Said in His Abnormal Debate
Trump knows that the white nationalists, championed by misshapen rags like Breitbart , are part of his constituency and he cultivates them with his racist rhetoric.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Authoritarian regimes take root when citizens give up on their democratic institutions as rigged and illegitimate; voters succumb to their fear of the party in power and choose to sit out. (Photo: Pinterest) Vanita Gupta
Only Massive Voter Turnout Can Protect Our Democracy From Trump Reelection
Trump doesn’t decide who wins the election. We do.
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Special treatment for the rich is enshrined into the most fundamental building blocks of the tax code. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Morris Pearl
Our Tax System, Not Trump, Is the Scandal. It's Designed to Help Rich People Avoid Taxes.
Trump and Republicans wrote the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To no one’s surprise, it added more ways for the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share.
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How broke is he? He owes more than $300 million in loans and can’t repay them. (Photp: Screenshot) Robert Reich
10 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Tax Returns
In 11 of the 18 years examined, Trump paid no taxes at all.
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Our next president must work to empower small-scale independent farmers and growers who use more humane and sustainable practices to transform and secure our food system.(Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images) Joe Lauria
We Deserve to Know Where Trump and Biden Stand on Factory Farming
Countless studies have shown factory farming’s contribution to climate change, emitting more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined.
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Nearby wildfires bring very smoky conditions to a neighborhood in south Eugene on September 8. (Photo: Taylor Griggs) Taylor Griggs
Can You Afford to Breathe in the Pacific Northwest?
As climate change worsens wildfires each year, unhoused people in Oregon and Washington experience the worst of the smoke.
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U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the CDC issued a recommendation that all Americans should wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Tax Revelations and Corporate Media Won't Defeat Trump
Amid the bombshell coverage of Trump’s tax records, it might be tempting to believe the tide has turned and will drown his election hopes. But that's wishful thinking.
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First inauguration of President Lincoln on March 4, 1861. The presidential oath of office was administered by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States. (Image: Courtesy of Abraham Lincoln Historical Society) Michael Winship
Here's Your Hat, Donald Trump, What's Your Hurry?
Even though opponents in the fight against slavery, the example set by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas could help light our way ahead.
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The Proud Boys, a right-wing pro-Trump group, are heavily armed with military weapons gather with their allies in a rally called âEnd Domestic Terrorismâ against Antifa in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) John Feffer
The Mobster-in-Chief
Will the November election be decided in the streets?
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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L) leaves an event in the Rose Garden where President Donald Trump (R) introduced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
SCOTUS Nomination Is an Insult to All Ginsburg Stood For
We witnessed this cynical ploy before when George Bush chose a black man—Clarence Thomas—to fill the seat of Thurgood Marshall, the champion of civil rights.
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Monday, September 28, 2020
Instead of wasting energy on an ineffective wealth tax, progressives should concentrate on a three-pronged strategy. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images) Yanis Varoufakis
The Redistribution Games
Life is not the Olympics, where talent and training determine an athlete’s performance. It’s more like a Roman arena in which well-armed gladiators vanquish unarmed victims who lose not because they did not try hard enough, but because of the asymmetrical initial distribution of armor.
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 Tt is up to us to make sure the Guardian is not allowed to continue colluding in this crime against Assange and the press freedoms he represents. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The Guardian's Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism
This is the real story, the one the Guardian dare not tell.
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Data also indicate that more equal societies are better able to handle the pandemic. (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson, Brian Wakamo
Inequality and Covid-19 in 13 Charts
A new data visualization series illustrates how the pandemic and flawed policy responses have widened long-standing economic, racial, and gender divides.
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It follows that if he loses the election, Trump will not accept the result because it would be the product of Anti-Trump Nation, and Trump isn’t the president of people who would vote against him. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Coming Civil War Over Trump's Ego
He has turned America into a gargantuan projection of his own pathological narcissism.
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We can believe in a future of expanding rainforests, flowing rivers, diverse species and a stable climate. We can believe in a world without famine or drought, without systemic violence or economic injustice. (Photo: jotily/Getty Images) Henry Coleman
What to Do When the World Is on Fire
Let’s open our eyes to the majority of human cultures—including and especially indigenous Australian ones—that have consistently enriched the biosphere.
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The idea that poverty is the result of bad behavior, laziness, or sin rather than decisions made by those with power is distinctly ascendant in Donald Trump’s and Mitch McConnell’s Washington. (Photo: Screengrab/State Department Website) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
How Christian Nationalism in the US Legislates Evil and Punishes the Poor
The dangers posed by today’s Christian nationalists are all too real.
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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Protesters march through lower Manhattan over the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police on June 19, 2020. Glen Ford
The US Dictatorship of (White) Capital and Its Tools of Bamboozlement
Like three card monte scammers everywhere, the oligarchs that rule the United States strive constantly to keep the populace guessing where the “money card”—in this case, the real power in society—is located.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Mark Green, Ralph Nader
Debate Detector: Trump's Top 10 Tricks
Here's a useful guide to have on hand as the presidential debates get underway.
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Syrian refugees arrive at a humanitarian camp in in Dohuk, Iraq on October 17, 2019. David Vine
The U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Displaced 37 Million People
Here’s why we used the numbers we did — and what they can and can’t tell us.
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Phil Berrigan in front of a "wreckage of war" die-in at the River Entrance. Frida Berrigan
After 4 Decades of Plowshares Actions, It’s Nuclear Warfare that Should Be on Trial — Not Activists
Forty years ago, the Plowshares Eight sparked a movement of nuclear disarmers that continues to take responsibility for weapons of mass destruction.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on September 19, 2020. Robert Freeman
Debunking the Myth of “The Greatest Economy Ever”
Trump’s claim to economic wizardry easily falls apart.
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happy pigs in pasture Rebecca Wolf
This Is How We Pry The Corporate Stranglehold Off Of Our Farm System
The corporations behind Big Ag are deeply invested in keeping our farm system as it is. It’s our responsibility to get farms and our food production back in the hands of the people.
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A better world is possible, reads a sign Joan Pedro-Carañana
Yes, There Is Hope
There are increasing numbers of experiences putting collaborative methods for hope and dialogue into practice.
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A participant holding a sign during a vigil on September 20, 2020 in Manhattan. Christopher Brauchli
Ignorance Is Bliss
For the trump, are at most minor inconveniences that can always be overcome by rhetoric.
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Saturday, September 26, 2020
A voter puts a ballot in a ballot box on June 9, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada Ralph Nader
To Democratic Voters – Up Your Demands; To Trump Voters – See How He Didn’t Deliver for You
Some practical advice for casting informed votes.
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Exterior of the JBS Greeley Beef Plant on April 23, 2020. Ben Lilliston
Don’t Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for Covid-19 Failures
Given the industry’s track record, corporate immunity would likely open the door for more abuses that directly put workers lives and those that live in meatpacking plant communities at risk.
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The Google logo is projected onto a man on August 09, 2017 in London. Mitch Stoltz
The Government’s Antitrust Suit Against Google: Go Big and Do It Right
This suit has the potential to be the most significant antitrust case against a technology company in over 20 years, since the DOJ’s 1998 suit against Microsoft.
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An RBG flag is flown in front of the U.S. Supreme Court for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg September 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Penny M. Venetis
Ginsburg’s Legal Victories for Women Led to Landmark Anti-Discrimination Rulings for the LGBTQ Community, Too
Advances were only possible because Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for applying the equal protection clause beyond its original purpose, to promote equality for women.
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Mushroom cloud seconds after detonation of "the Gadget" by the U.S. military in 1945 at testing range in New Mexico. Olivia Alperstein
Time to Put an End to the Nuclear Age
2020 has been hard enough. The last thing the world needs this year is nuclear weapons.
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Signs at environmental justice protest Derrick Z. Jackson
Why Environmental Justice Needs to Be on the Docket in the Presidential Debates
Earlier this week, when Fox News announced the lineup of topics for the upcoming presidential debate, climate change and environmental justice were nowhere to be seen. Among the many lamentable...
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Protestors wear "#FREEASSANGE" face masks outside Belmarsh prison prior to Julian Assange's extradition hearing on February 24, 2020 in London. Alan MacLeod
Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’
A successful Assange prosecution could be the legal spark for future anti-journalistic actions.
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Friday, September 25, 2020
Trump’s statement is abhorrent, and we must certainly be prepared for chaos surrounding this election. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Heather Cox Richardson
Trump: "We're Going to Have to See What Happens"
An Atlantic article rings the fire bell.
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The Senate's dereliction of duty to the people in this country is reprehensible. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Vanita Gupta
Trump and McConnell Refuse to Help Millions Amid Pandemic, But Stop at Nothing for Supreme Court Power Grab
Let's fight Trump's nominee like our lives depend on it—because they do.
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This means that stimulating the economy to create jobs is crucial—both to the 33.0 million workers who are being directly harmed by the recession because they are either out of work or have had their hours and pay cut, and to the millions more who saw their bargaining power disappear as the recession took hold. (Photo: Witthaya Prasongsin/iStock/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
At Least 33 Million Workers Are Being Hurt by the Coronavirus Recession
The top policy priorities for boosting the economy are fiscal aid to state and local governments and extending the unemployment insurance provisions of the CARES Act.
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It is difficult not to conclude that for at least several decades, the Silent and Baby Boom generations have sat atop the rest of society like a monstrous stone idol that demands worshipping. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Peril of America's Aging Elite
We all should know when to pass the baton to a younger generation.
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If we had more Zinn in our schools, at least as a counterpoint to the patriotic view of the United States that still dominates, we would know more about what ties us together as a nation, and spend less energy on our differences. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Sarah Lahm
Why We Should All Be Reading Howard Zinn Right Now
As the historian aptly predicted, who is on the Supreme Court is not as important as what the American people demand.
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In one world, the world of the vast majority, people struggle day in and day out for economic security. (Photo: Len Tsou/Flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
Let’s Start Debating What Dooms Democracy: Concentrated Wealth
Why we need to shove inequality onto America’s political center stage.
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I continue to believe that voting through the compromised USPS should only be a last resort for those who must be quarantined or who are medically avoiding even masked contacts because of the coronavirus. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Will Bunch
Will Dems' Embrace of Mail, Masks, and Social Distance Help Trump Win the Election?
Democrats have embraced voting-by-mail with a quasi-religious zeal that almost defies reason.
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Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
6 Crucial Races That Will Flip the Senate
Winning the White House is absolutely crucial, but it’s just one piece of the fight to save our democracy and push a people’s agenda.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Which is why it’s flat-out wrong that Fox News’s Chris Wallace—and those who advised him—didn’t see fit to put climate change on his topic list for Tuesday’s first presidential debate. (Photo: Screenshot of Wallace) Margaret Sullivan
Rewrite That List of Debate Topics, Chris Wallace. And Put the Climate Crisis at No. 1.
Our planet is in serious, irrevocable trouble. There’s no bigger issue.
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Hersey begins Hiroshima in an understated fashion, noting exactly what each of the six survivors he chronicles was doing at the moment their lives changed forever. (Photo: Courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima) Nick Turse
This Vanishing Moment and Our Vanishing Future
John Hersey, Hiroshima, and the end of world.
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Trump has made clear the likelihood that he will not accept the results of the election unless he’s the winner. (Photo: Ted Eytan/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Election 2020: The Coming Chaos
Nonviolent resistance to Trump means more than just defeating him and jettisoning him from the presidency; somehow it also means reaching his supporters and transcending the civil war they’re ready to wage.
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The need is now crystal clear for progressives nationwide: Organize and volunteer to boost the Biden vote against Trump in the dozen swing states. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
We’ve Got Our Own Reasons to Elect Biden—and He Isn’t One of Them
With so much at stake—including social justice, human rights and this planet’s climate—Autumn 2020 is a time when people have the decisive opportunity to prevent the consolidation of illegitimate power by an authoritarian regime.
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Wealth inequality is already high and, much like high-wage jobs, several sources of wealth have been spared the worst of the pandemic’s economic damage. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Samantha Waxman
States Should Tax Wealth to Respond to COVID-19
Wealthy families and profitable corporations can afford it, and states can’t afford not to.
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It is up to Facebook users to voice their concern by notifying Zuckerberg and Sandberg that they will abandon the platform the moment the media giant decides to adopt the IHRA definition. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Neve Gordon
Redefining Anti-Semitism on Facebook
The objective is to force Facebook to alter its hate speech definition so that its own "detection algorithm" will characterize any criticism of Israel as hate speech and automatically remove the pertinent content from the platform.
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 Business as usual for the oil and gas industry means increasing production even as investors are pulling out and bankruptcies are looming. (Photo: tolkien1914/flickr/cc) Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
New OCI Analysis Gives Big Oil Much Needed Reality Check
The new OCI report makes it clear that Big Oil is hiding behind claims that they are changing while continuing to push fossil fuels despite the harm to our health and climate.
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Under Trump, we’ve lost 5 million of the 11.6 million net jobs created under Obama. That’s the worst jobs record of any modern president. (Photo: Shutterstock) Chuckie Denison
Trump Lied to Heartland Workers
Trump is bragging about his jobs record in the Midwest. So why didn’t he lift a finger when 14,000 GM workers were laid off?
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What have these justices of dubious legitimacy done with their power? They have repeatedly sought to tilt the electoral system toward Republicans. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
If Trump Fills RBG’s Seat, the Court’s Legitimacy Will Be in Crisis
We cannot afford a Supreme Court that has abandoned its constitutional duties to cement right-wing minority rule.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Hannah Murphy
Will We Be Able to Reverse Trump’s Climate Damage?
What Joe Biden would need to do starting from Day One to correct the course of US climate policy.
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Poverty remains high, and severe food insecurity has increased 31% across AGRA’s 13 countries, as measured by the United Nations. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images) Million Belay, Timothy A. Wise
Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution
It is time for African governments to step back from the failing Green Revolution and chart a new food system that respects local cultures and communities by promoting low-cost, low-input ecological agriculture.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Smoky skies from the northern California wildfires casts a reddish color in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Richard Heinberg
What If Preventing Collapse Isn't Profitable?
The real downside of the green-profit narrative has been that it created the assumption in many people's minds that the solution to climate change and other environmental dilemmas is technical, and that policy makers and industrialists will implement it for us, so that the way we live doesn't need...
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Thom Hartmann
Trump Keeps Telling Us How He and Republicans Plan to Steal This Election
Can we stop him and save our republic before it's too late?
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An overview of Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga. (Photo: Google Maps) Laura Flanders
Mourn Justice Ginsburg and Fight to Close Irwin Detention Center
Now is the time to mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg and fight like hell for living breathing, actionable, racial, reproductive and gender justice.
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If current polls are predictive, Trump’s path to the White House remains strewn with obstacles of his own making. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Peter Andre Globensky
So What If He Loses? Donald Trump and the Aftermath
Knowing the character of the man, his rejection at the polls will unleash a torrent of vindictive actions very much at his command.
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The outgoing President, Rafael Correa, right, received in the the Palace of Carondelet the president-elect Lenin Moreno for the official act of transition between the two governments in April 2017. Quito, Ecuador. (Photo: Gabriela Mena / ACG/SIPA USA/PA Images) Guillaume Long
Political Trials and Electoral Bans: The Battle for Democracy in Ecuador
Amidst political trials and electoral bans, Moreno's assault on democracy is past the point of no return.
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 It's one thing to have voting rights and quite another to be able to exercise those rights. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
How the Right Rigs Elections
Today, in a coordinated, methodical, richly funded scheme, corporate-minded and right-wing candidates are being "elected" not by winning votes but by preventing votes.
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View of students and faculty carrying signs during a strike by faculty and staff of Boston University, on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 1979. Historian Howard Zinn, then a professor at BU, is visible in the foreground. (Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty Images) Peter Dreier
The Right’s Long War On Howard Zinn Reaches The White House
Conservatives have been upset about kids reading 'A People’s History of the United States' for years, worrying that it stirs up trouble. Now Trump has taken up the cause.
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The recent media-sponsored town halls with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden haven’t inspired much hope for the place of climate in the debates.  (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc) Julie Hollar
With Planet at Stake, Moderators Must Make Climate a Focus of Debates
The climate crisis has been and continues to be a top issue for voters and one that can’t be ignored by journalists for another four years.
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The Trump administration is trying to fully exploit a 2018 Supreme Court decision that vacated a lower court approval of the Obama administration’s plans to establish critical habitat for the highly endangered dusky gopher frog. (Photo: Suzanna L. Collins / Science Photo Library) Tim Whitehouse
The Final Frontier: When Nature is a Nuisance to Development
"In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it perches."
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People stand in line, spaced six apart due to Covid-19, in order to vote early at the Fairfax Government Center on September 18, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. Voters waited up to four hours to early vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Steven Hill
Forget 'Vote By Mail'—To Safeguard the Election, Put on Your Mask and Vote Early In-Person
The U.S. under Trump has reached such a perilous state that this simple act has become heroic.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden greets guests during a campaign stop at the RiverCenter on October 16, 2019 in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sonali Kolhatkar, Juliet Schor, et al.
Open Letter: Dump Trump, Then Battle Biden
Fifty-five progressive writers and activists with a message for 2020 voters.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Will the American electorate end up asking for an encore performance of this full-throated rejection of scientific evidence? (Photo: Grist / U.S. Forest Service) Derrick Z. Jackson
Election Day Is Nearing, But There's No End in Sight to Trump's Attacks on Science
Will the ghosts of the hundreds of thousands of people who are dying from this playbook rise up to spirit Trump out of the White House?
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Over time, the unbridled pursuit of power wears down democratic institutions, erodes public trust, and breeds the sort of cynicism that invites despotism.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
For RBG It Was All Principle, for Mitch McConnell It’s All Power
Those who fight for power will bend or break rules to give themselves every advantage.
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Americans must make certain that Trump and the senators understand that this outrage will cost them politically, not help them. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Death of a Supreme Court Justice Famed for Consensus-Building Is Used to Sow Divisions
Republican leaders show once more that they care only about power, not about the law or legitimacy.
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A firefighter uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Bill McKibben
Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It—Because They Do
Captain Trump wants to steer us straight onto the rocks. This election is humanity’s last shot to prevent utter climate catastrophe.
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The one thing he definitely appears to have noticed is that this virus most easily kills elderly Social Security voters and Black and Brown people. (Photo: Getty) Thom Hartmann
Trump "Never Noticed" a Modern-Day American Genocide
It appears Trump is trying to spread the virus as far and wide as possible.
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Democrats and progressives must use every tool at their disposal to prevent the confirmation of Justice Ginsburg’s successor before the next President is inaugurated. (Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Warning: GOP Can Appoint a Supreme Court Justice in Time to Confirm Trump's Second Term
This is truly an existential reckoning.
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War is an indescribable nightmare. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Andrea Mazzarino
War Zone America?
Perspectives on a riven nation from a worried military spouse.
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Supporters of Julian Assange protested outside the Old Bailey as the extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumed on September 7, 2020 in London, England. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces an array of hacking and espionage charges. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images) Stefan Simanowitz
Why Are Amnesty International Monitors Not Able to Observe the Assange Hearing?
It is ironic that no one responsible for possible war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan has been prosecuted, let alone punished. And yet the publisher who exposed their crimes is the one in the dock facing a lifetime in jail.
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Then U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, pcitured with Commander of the US Central Command Army Gen. David Petraeus (background), testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee June 16, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to focus on developments in Afghanistan. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will Michele Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire?
Purported to be among Joe Biden's top picks for Defense Secretary, the longtime supporter of endless war and limitless Pentagon budgets is exactly the wrong choice.
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As with older, traditional farm subsidy programs, the largest farms, which need the help the least, received the most taxpayer dollars from these two new programs. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Anne Schechinger
New USDA Records Show Trade Bailout and Coronavirus Payments Went to the Largest Farms
USDA must make changes to ensure the money goes to small struggling farms and to farmers who actually do the work.
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Authority bias and emotional contagion facilitate the spread of misinformation and its deadly consequences, at least when we don’t take the steps necessary to figure out the facts. (Photo: Screenshot) Gleb Tsipursky
The Deadly Threat of Misinformation About COVID on Fox News, According to Science
Consuming the wrong news can kill you.
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Isolation "tent city" set up on the grounds of the Folsom Prison in California in response to a coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Getty Images) Ifoma Modibo Kambon
I Survived Covid-19 at Folsom State Prison
A story of unaccountable action, negligence, deliberate indifference, and deception
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) stands alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he signs a bill in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C, October 10, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Marie Follayttar
With RBG Gone and Fascism at the Gates, Mainers Know Susan Collins Cannot Be Trusted
It is our duty to fight like hell to ensure that Susan Collins does not cast another vote for a Supreme Court Justice. It is our duty to act every single day until election day to get out the vote and ensure that we stop the rise of fascism in this country.
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Monday, September 21, 2020
CDC Director Robert Redfield looks on while testifying on Capitol Hill on July 2, 2020. (Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Ken Cook
After Covid-19 Flip-Flops, CDC Director Must Resign
Either science goes, or Redfield goes.
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As I look to the future in a world of Gates and Tech Barons, I see a humanity that is further polarized into large numbers of ‘throw away’ people who have no place in the new Empire.(Photo by Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times) Vandana Shiva
Bill Gates' Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life
Gates' 'funding' results in an erasure of democracy and biodiversity, of nature and culture. His 'philanthropy' is not just philanthrocapitalism. It is philanthroimperialism.
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There’s no question that, at the beck and call of the fossil-fuel industry, Donald Trump and his demonic crew have worked without qualms or remorse to ensure that this would be a fiery and furious America. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen
Think of him as the president from hell and here I mean a literal hell.
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A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire in Oroville, California on September 9, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Jamie Henn
The Climate Emergency Isn't Just a Crisis, It's a Crime
Whether you see a blood red sky in San Francisco, a wind ravaged landscape in Iowa, or a flooded street in Pensacola, you know what you're looking at: a world unraveling at the seams and—in a very real sense—a crime scene.
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The public should be concerned about the volume of suspect bank transactions that are the tip of the iceberg in terms of illicit funds, money laundering and tax dodging. (Photo: Getty) Chuck Collins
FinCen Files Shine Spotlight on Suspicious Bank Transfers
The reporters behind the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers have more to share. We should pay attention.
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Don’t let them steal this seat. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Anand Giridharadas
The Many Reasons the GOP Wants to Steal Ginsburg's Seat
Remembering what's at stake in the fight to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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