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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven candidates qualified for the second Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020 which comes just days before the New Hampshire primary on February 11. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Ima Adolph Reed Jr.
Here They Come Again: The Kind of Neoliberal Democrats Who Prefer Trump to Sanders
Here's the question: to what extent is the Establishment's commitment to democratic institutions greater than their commitment to current forms of capitalist hierarchy? It seems like we are about to find out.
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Monday, February 10, 2020
View from Dresden city hall after the February 13-15, 1945 Allied bombing. (Photo: Deutsch Fotohek/Wikimedia Commons) Brett Wilkins
The Beasts and the Bombings: Reflecting on Dresden, February 1945
The Dresden bombing shocked the world’s conscience.
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Jane Fonda was fabulous. She took the makeshift stage in her red coat and hat and launched into a brilliant, clear speech calling upon California, and the rest of the nation and the world, to stop all new oil wells. (Photo: Rev. John Dear) Rev. John Dear
Fire Drill Fridays Take L.A.
Catastrophic climate change is not coming in fifty or one hundred years. It’s upon us now.
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Long before he thought about running for any office, let alone for president, Sanders fought for racial justice. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Barbara Smith
I Helped Coin the Term 'Identity Politics.' I'm Endorsing Bernie Sanders.
I support Sanders because I believe his campaign is currently the best hope for helping marginalized Americans.
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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with supporters on February 9, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Michaela Rafferty
Before Celebrating Sinn Féin Election Surge, Consider Their Pro-Austerity Record in the North of Ireland
For over two decades, the party has shared power in the North of Ireland, where it has widened the gaps between rich and poor.
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An aerial view of homes destroyed by the Camp Fire on February 11, 2019 in Paradise, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Pat LaMarche
The Climate-Fueled Camp Fire Took Their Homes. Now They Are at Risk of Losing FEMA Housing Too.
It's time for our country to focus on massive, extreme events—fueled by climate change—that result in the instantaneous homelessness of tens of thousands of people.
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 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., campaigns in Concord, New Hampshire, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jason Sattler
Moderate Democrats Have a Duty to Consider Sanders. He Has a Clear Path to Beating Trump.
Bernie Sanders isn't even my favorite senator running for the 2020 nomination. But I see his potential to unite the Democratic Party and oust Trump.
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The Kushner Apartheid Plan would not end any of these abuses but would cement them forever in place. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Israeli Blocking of Palestinian Exports to Jordan Shows Reality of Apartheid That the Kushner Plan Would Only Cement
That Israel can stop Palestinian-Jordanian trade demonstrates conclusively that Palestine is not a free agent but is rather an Occupied territory, and that all the power rests in the hands of the Occupation military.
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Assange would face a politicized show trial in the United States if he were extradited to face 17 charges under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic cables, documents and videos that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us
The publication of classified documents is not yet a crime in the United States. If Assange is extradited and convicted, it will become one.
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Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Finnmark region of Norway and adjacent Russian territory have become one of the most likely battlegrounds for the first use of nuclear weapons in any future NATO-Russian conflict. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Michael Klare
The Arctic: World War III’s Newest Battlefield
U.S. troops head for the far north.
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US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. - US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers
So much for freedom of speech and open election discourse in public places—even in the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire.
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Sunday, February 9, 2020
Adam Gaffney
Trump Says Covering All Immigrants Would Bankrupt Our Healthcare System. That’s a Lie.
Covering undocumented immigrants under Medicare for All isn't just morally right—it’s also economically sound.
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Sarah Jones
The Democrats Finally Get Around to Talking About Abortion
"Abortion rights are in theory one of the Democratic Party's basic principles, a standard it will not compromise. Except that it does, with disastrous results."
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Andrew Taggart
If Work Dominated Your Every Moment, Would Life Be Worth Living?
An obsession with work causes needless human suffering and immiserates our imagination.
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Amanda Follett Hosgood
At the Unist'ot'en Outpost, a Tightknit Group Readies for Police
"This is my home. It's not a protest camp."
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Russell Mokhiber
West Virginia Legislation Would Make Civil Disobedience Against Gas Pipelines a Felony
"West Virginians value their rights to free speech and free association as granted to us under the Constitution. We will not stand for the legislature taking these rights away."
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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Anita Desikan
The EPA's New Shameful Tactic: Avoid People Poisoned by Coal Ash
The Trump administration has rolled back requirements for public hearings regarding federal rules, making the fossil fuel industry even less accountable to communities.
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Ryan Cooper
American Democracy Is Dying
"About every other country has suffered a constitutional collapse at some point; our number may well be up quite soon."
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Sam Pizzigati
Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair
Americans are living a little longer. But we still lag well behind the developed world's life expectancy norm. As the world's most unequal developed nation, we shouldn't be surprised.
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Lornet Turnbull
What Happens When a Person Is Deported?
A new guide provides resources to help those being returned to their countries of origin.
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Ralph Nader
The Vengeful, Lawless, Corporate Toady Trump Explodes
"The egomaniacal Trump is inebriated with his disgraceful acquittal, convinced of his own innocence, despite the clear evidence of his guilt."
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Friday, February 7, 2020
A Syrian refugee hugs her children following their arrival on an overcrowded dinghy in rough sea on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 2, 2015 (Photo: Dimitris Michalakis/Reuters) Belén Fernández
Child Suicide Is a Symptom of Our Traumatised World
The prevalence of psychological trauma among refugee youth should be an issue of utmost urgency for us all.
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) advocates for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on February 5, 2020. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Anastasia Christman, Brian Chen
House Approves Worker Rights Bill in Face of Growing Labor Backlash Against Trickle-Down Policies
The PRO Act, which offers a pathway to increased power for the working class, passed the House with bipartisan support.
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Often the newer restrictions focus on bureaucratic details, but their intent and impact target the same populations that historically faced violence and harassment when seeking to exercise the right to vote. (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc) Linda Kramer Jenning
How Advocates Are Fighting Voter Suppression
As the 2020 election season gets under way, activists are beginning to push back against voter disenfranchisement across the country.
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Migrants who turn themselves in to U.S. border patrol and request asylum are now sent back to El Salvador while their asylum claims are processed. (Photo: Reuters/Loren Elliott) Mneesha Gellman
Deported to Death: US Sent 138 Salvadorans Home to Be Killed
The murders of 138 deportees belie any notion that El Salvador can protect citizens who are under threat.
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Lawrence O. Gostin (pictured above) is a leading expert on infectious diseases and global health, and a public health professor at Georgetown University, where he directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
The Coronavirus Panic Exposes the Pathology of Nationalism
"The idea of America First, the nationalist populism, is against everything that we believe in in global health."
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After 14 weeks of Fire Drill Fridays in Washington, DC, Jane Fonda and the Fire Drill Friday team is moving to California to join with local and regional climate and environmental activists across the state.  With monthly drills across the state, the first in the series with take place in Los Angeles at 11 am local time on Friday, February 7th at LA City Hall. (Image: @SarahEpperson/JaneFonda.com) Martha Argüello
Climate Justice Movement Joins Forces With Entertainment Industry at Fire Drill Fridays to Take on Big Oil in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the perfect city to host the launch of Fire Drill Fridays in California—where our "West Coast" image of environmental progressivism clashes with the reality of a city still grappling with its relationship to the fossil fuel industry.
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A series of local elections in Pennsylvania have shown that voters are not shunning candidates who campaign against fracking wells and fossil fuel pipelines; they are putting them in office. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Facebook) Wenonah Hauter
Banning Fracking: Politically Smart and a Climate Necessity
A call to ban fracking is bound to energize climate activists and progressive voters, who see it as the kind of bold action necessary to confront the climate crisis.
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 Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) prepare to caucus for him in the gymnasium at Roosevelt High School February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is the first contest in the 2020 presidential nominating process with the candidates then moving on to New Hampshire. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
With Establishment Knives Out for Bernie, Iowa Fiasco Just a Taste of What's Coming
The glaring subtext of what's now occurring is the frantic effort to find some candidate who can prevent Sanders from becoming the party's nominee at the national convention in July. Progressives must fight back—not succumb to fatalism.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Of Course Bloomberg's an Oligarch—and He's Coming For Your Social Security
I'm not a dictionary, but I know what words mean. And I'm not a clock, but I know what time it is.
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Cards Against Humanity, an independent company best known for producing a card game with that name, announced February 3 that it had purchased ClickHole and reincorporated it as an independent, majority employee-owned company. (Photo: Click Hole Logo) Isaiah J. Poole
Out of the ClickHole, a Light on Alternative Media Ownership Models
It marks a new entry into the ranks of employee-owned firms and puts a spotlight on a problem facing larger and more serious-minded media enterprises that employee ownership might help solve.
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Unions build power for the rest of us. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jennifer Epps-Addison, Rahna Epting, George Goehl, Leah Greenberg, et al.
The Time Is NOW For The PRO Act To Protect Workers
Working people have never stopped fighting for their rights. Now it’s time for Congress to join their fight.
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Organizers rally to protect access to affordable health care. (Photo: New Jersey Organizing Project.) Dorian Warren
Organizers Won't Let Trump Dismantle Medicaid
Trump’s plan will endanger the people who need health care most—pregnant women, children, young adults aging out of foster care, and people with disabilities.
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Dayton, Ohio (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Trump Is No Friend to Workers, But That Doesn't Mean He Won't Lie About It
Trump is counting on the working class he’s betraying most aggressively. Can the left get out of affluent suburbia and back to its roots?
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US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivers a press conference after the Senate impeachment vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 5, 2020. - The US Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following a historic two-week trial. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Bill Moyers, Steven Harper
Lawyers, Liars, and Trump on Trial
Just how far can the U.S. Constitution bend?
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If our economy is as prosperous as President Trump claims, then why are so many citizens cutting pills or forgoing the groceries they need to feed their families? (Photo: Getty) Max Richtman
Trump's State of the Union Belies His Destructive Policies on Social Security, Prescription Drugs
For a president who seeks re-election, he clearly is on the wrong side of these life and death issues.
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One in five of us will be raped in our lifetimes (compared with one in 72 men). (Photo: Mikasi/cc/flickr) Andrea Mazzarino
Women and Trauma in the Trump-Putin Era
"We've been attacked!"
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Volunteers for No More Deaths in the Sonoran desert. (Photo: Volunteers for No More Deaths in the desert/Carrot Quinn) Robert C. Koehler
Voting With Food and Water
Standing up to this kind of cruel action—especially when it is ensconced in legality, armed and wearing a uniform—is voting at the deepest level of citizenship.
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One hundred and thirty-six economists and statisticians said the OAS charges were false. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
What Does the Future Hold for US-Bolivia Ties?
No one disputes that Morales was democratically elected to his term in 2015, yet the Trump Administration strongly supported the military coup that overthrew him.
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If fully implemented, the 2017 tax cut will result in tax increases for most households in the bottom 80 percent. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Forget Trump's Lies, Here's the Real Economic State of the Union
Nothing has trickled down to average workers.
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On CNN, correspondent Jim Sciutto stated that Sanders “did lose to a small-town mayor.” (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Jim Naureckas
How Corporate Media Make Pete Look Like He’s Winning
Leading at what exactly?
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Senate Republicans chose to stage a shameful cover-up and protect a lawless, corrupt president. (Photo: Shutterstock) Diallo Brooks
Impeachment Is Over, But Don’t Despair
The Senate failed to do their job—but ordinary citizens can’t fail to do ours.
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The good news is that the issue of family leave is at the top of the policy agenda.(Photo: Eye DJ/Flickr/cc) Jared Gaby-Biegel
As Momentum Builds for Paid Family Leave, Much Work Remains
The FAMILY Act represents the best chance to pass a national paid family leave program that provides new benefits to families without asking them to sacrifice their financial futures.
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Michael Winship
Donald Trump's State of the Mighty Me
A speech not worth the paper Nancy Pelosi tore apart.
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Just as scientists had warned of weed resistance with glyphosate, many scientists warned Monsanto that the new uses of dicamba would likely devastate farms not growing dicamba-tolerant GMO crops. The company assured growers its version of dicamba would not drift. (Photo: Bacsica/iStock) Carey Gillam
It’s Farmer v. Monsanto in Court Fight Over Dicamba Herbicide
Bader Farms claims Monsanto induces farmers to buy dicamba-tolerant seeds.
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin arrives to speak in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2019. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Samantha Jacoby
Final Opportunity Zone Rules Could Raise Tax Break’s Cost
We’ve seen similar dynamics play out in other areas of the 2017 tax law, with lobbyists using the regulatory process to secure significant new tax breaks that mainly benefit multinational corporations and very affluent owners of certain kinds of businesses.
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There was already strong reason to question CBP’s denials, given the mounting and consistent reports that border officers were, in fact, targeting travelers of Iranian heritage returning to Washington state from Canada. (Photo: CBP/Flickr) Scarlet Kim, Hugh Handeyside
CBP Lied About Iranian-American Detentions, Leaked Memo Suggests
If this memo is authentic, CBP has been caught in a lie.
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Two of the most outspoken proponents of a more restrained U.S. foreign policy in the current House are Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna. (Photo: Screenshot) Erica Fein
Why House Democrats Passed Bills Reining in Trump’s War Machine
If Democrats continue to trend in this direction, they’ll finally be meeting voters where they are : seeking an end to forever wars, unconditional support for tyrannical governments, and blank checks for the military-industrial-complex.
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Watching impeachment through the lens of the New York Times. (Photo: Screenshot) Dorothee Benz
The Trump Impeachment Trial: Witness to a Farce
The New York Times was content to cover it as a Washington drama and no more; its impeachment landing page even lists a "cast of characters."
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Officials from the 68th caucus precinct overlook the results of the first referendum count during a caucus event on February 3, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
It's the Turnout, Stupid: The Real Story of Iowa Caucus
My caucus in Iowa City had 60 fewer people than four years ago. Tepid turnout will re-elect Trump for sure.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Troy Price, Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the delayed results from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Iowa Wasn't a Technology Failure. It Was a Failure of Democratic Values.
This kind of behavior undercuts the Democratic Party politically. To put it in today's corporatized vocabulary, "democracy" is the party’'s brand—and lately they've been trashing it.
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The IDP intended the app to be used the primary method of gathering and transmitting results, but apparently failed to impress this upon the people actually working with the app. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Cari Hernandez
The App That Disrupted the Iowa Caucuses
A cascading set of failures led us here.
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'The Wuhan animal markets presented the perfect storm for disease outbreak.' (Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images) Juliet Gellatley
Eating Animals Will Be the Death of Us
It is time to finally make the connection between animal agriculture and environmental destruction, antibiotic resistance and disease outbreak.
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In this screenshot taken from a Senate Television webcast, legal counsel for President Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, answers a question from a senator during impeachment proceedings in the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images) Ken Levy
Sorry, Republican Senators: Alan Dershowitz’s Theory of Impeachment Is Total Bullshit
No matter how much Dershowitz explains and obfuscates, a legitimate motive simply cannot magically immunize unconstitutional conduct against impeachment.
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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Takes on Socialism, Says It Will Lead to an ‘Eroding Society.’ (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Breaking News From Corporate Media: Billionaires Do Not Like Socialism
Just as the press are keen for you to know that Medicare for All is a very bad idea, they are equally anxious to make sure that the voices of beleaguered, unheard plutocrats are given as much of a boost as possible.
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Aaron Lynch, the Sanders precinct captain at the crowded Ames City Hall, helped coordinate voters to be counted. (Photo: Joeff Davis) Alice Herman
Dude, Where’s My Vote?
The caucuses are a carnival of disenfranchisement, especially this year.
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The U.S., after all, hasn’t won a major conflict since World War II, when it was aided by a grand alliance that included Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s godless communists. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) William Astore
The Art of the Deal, Pentagon-Style
Wars without victories, weapons without end.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with his wife Jane Sanders takes the stage to address supporters during his caucus night watch party on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Erin McCarley
An Open Letter to the DNC From an American Centrist
I respectfully encourage the DNC to abandon its corporate allegiance, re-configure its membership and shift into alignment with the will of the people.
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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cheer during his caucus night watch party on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is the first contest in the 2020 presidential nominating process with the candidates then moving on to New Hampshire. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Iowa Fiasco Raises Stakes for New Hampshire, Where Sanders Could Win Big
Monday night's collapse of the caucus vote-counting process in Iowa has amped up the spotlight on—and political consequences of—what will happen in the New Hampshire primary.
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Monday, February 3, 2020
We have poked the bear (actually a big, fat, orange elephant) and he is now angrier than before. Now we must take him down. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Impeachment Has Always Been More Than Impeachment. And It Still Is.
Trump must be defeated politically.
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PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer (1934-2020) poses for a portrait in his studio in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Lehrer, the veteran and celebrated journalist and news anchor, died last month. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Michael Winship
At a Church and on Capitol Hill, The Battle for Democracy
In Washington, two events on the same day show the promise of American democracy—and the mortal danger to it.
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A collection of pins from different campaigns at Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price's office in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 30, 2020. (Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS) Rob Richie
We’re Stuck With a Flawed Primary Process in 2020, But We Can Make 2024 Better
The combination of a chaotic and incoherent primary schedule and antiquated voting rules makes winning as much the product of dumb luck as anything relating to the quality of candidates and their ability to unify voters.
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The embrace of collective self-delusion marks the death spasms of all civilizations. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
America: Land of Make-Believe
America, founded on the evils of slavery, genocide and the violent exploitation of the working class, is a country defined by historical amnesia.
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Whatever "Make America Great Again" may mean, it certainly doesn’t involve helping America’s poor kids. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/cc) Rajan Menon
The Shame of Child Poverty in the Age of Trump
Billionaires are soaring, poor kids are losing more.
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Bernie is the only one. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
On the Big Issues, Bernie Sanders Is the Only One Who Can Save America
Only Sanders among the candidates understands the urgency of the Crisis of Plutocracy and has a workable plan for dealing with it.
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Congressional hearings must be held and the Afghanistan War must end now. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Mary Hladky
The Afghanistan Papers and a Mother's Question
We must stop the killing, take the trillions of dollars devoted to endless war and instead invest in our people, invest in our environment, and invest in our future.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to a crowd of over 3,000 supporters during a campaign rally on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, United States. Cari Hernandez
The Candidate Who Best Represents Me Is Only One Saying It's About Us
When Bernie says it's not about him, I see my values and fears and hopes represented in a way I never have before.
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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives on stage at Northwest Junior High School during a Get Out The Caucus rally February 2, 2020 in Coralville, Iowa. Iowa holds the state's caucuses tomorrow, the first test for prospective presidential candidates in the 2020 election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Creation Myth of the Buttigieg Campaign
The deft spin from the Buttigieg apparatus and the huge media hype about him have obscured the significance of his deep-pocketed backers.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing healthcare legislation titled the "Medicare for All Act of 2019" with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Robert Dodge
In the Name of Medicare for All, This Family Doctor Will Vote for Bernie Sanders
It is at long last time for the United States to move from providing the world's most expensive sick care to providing the world's greatest healthcare.
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Sunday, February 2, 2020
Gwen feeling down. Evelyn Red Lodge
The Art of Criminalization
A Lakota girl had no idea she would be brutalized and criminalized by a racist system leaving her with a record at school where she was suspended and a record within the courts.
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Saturday, February 1, 2020
We would do well to remember King's socialistic thinking and philosophy. Danny Haiphong
Remember the Influence of Socialism on Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy
By the end of his life, King was criticizing the triple evils of militarism, racism, and materialism.
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Peace is not something the victims of occupation, displacement and oppression can initiate. Ahmed Abu Artema
Trapped and Voiceless: The Palestinians Depicted in Trump's Plan
The world does not hear our stories or see our reality, why would they stand in solidarity with us?
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Activists participate in a rally calling for witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. January 29, 2020. Christopher Brauchli
Two Nadirs
The Trump impeachment is a low point in the history of the United States.
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Bob Burnett
This Is the Way It Ends, Not With a Bang But a Whimper
This is a big deal, a clear impeachable offense, and it's depressing that Republicans do not acknowledge this.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at a roundtable discussion on January 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Paul Rockwell
A Look Back at Seven Centrist Defeats
Bernie Sanders is more electable than any centrist.
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during an event to open a campaign office at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on December 21, 2019. Tom Weis
DNC Showing Its True Colors (Again)
The Democratic elites so fear Bernie's political revolution they are changing the rules to promote a Wall Street centrist.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after returning from the White House on January 02, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Randall Amster
Trump and Subservient GOP Expose Failure of American Exceptionalism
Another nail in the coffin of a fractured system that still sits on an idealized pedestal.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Ralph Nader
It Should Be Easy to Defeat Trump, But Corporate Democrats Look Ready and Willing to Blow It
Trump should be the most defeatable president in history.
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President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. Joshua Cho
Ending Palestinian Statehood as ‘Path’ to Palestinian Statehood
The U.S. has never been an honest or impartial broker for resolving the Israel/Palestine conflict.
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Neil deMause
Media on Climate Crisis: Don’t Organize, Mourn
The media's shift toward acknowledging the reality of climate change is welcome, if three decades too late.
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Friday, January 31, 2020
The icebreaker Polar Star in Antarctica. (Photo: Ville Miettinen, CC BY-NC 2.0) Tara Lohan
5 Things You Should Know About the Earth’s Warming Ocean
Climate change has caused record-breaking ocean temperatures, and that means more dangerous storms, trouble for coral reefs and big changes for our marine ecosystems.
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Sen. Joseph McCarthy covers the microphones with his hands while having a whispered discussion with Roy Cohn, his chief counsel, during a committee hearing on April 26, 1954, in Washington. (Photo: AP) Kenneth Foard McCallion
Trump Impeachment Is a McCarthy-Era Turning Point—Can The U.S. Survive?
The ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate is unlikely to result in any sudden break in the "Trump fever" that Senate Republicans seem to be suffering from.
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Do we really want our reporting on Warren, Sanders or Klobuchar—all of whom support bills to defend local media and block media mergers—brought to you by the world’s biggest wealth-suckers? (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Iowa Media Back to the Future
If local residents want local media, they’d be smart to volunteer or pledge for it.
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 Among UK citizens aged 45-54, 56% voted to leave the EU, with those aged 55-64 (57%) and 65+ (60%) remarkably close. Compare this to 73% in the 18-24 age group, and 62% in the 25-34 age group, who voted to remain in the EU. (Photo: Pixabay/Public Domain) Christian Christensen
Brexit’s Backward Legacy: The Past Swallowing The Future
The complicity of the media in the service of the anti-immigrant agenda was blunt, crude and disgraceful.
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It is the conscience of fellow human beings responding to a tiny voice in the heart that called whistleblowers and journalists to risk their lives and sacrifice their personal liberty in order to uphold higher ideals. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
Justice for Assange: Belmarsh Prisoners Remind Us of Our Duty of Civil Disobedience
This is a trial of the First Amendment as a foundation of our society and it calls for our participation.
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Embassy dedication ceremony. (Photo: CC) Juan Cole
Top 3 Ways America Has Been Deeply Wounded By Supporting Israel Lobbyists Like Jared Kushner
The ongoing human rights catastrophe provokes rage and provides grounds for political mobilization in the region.
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"The liberal Bernie Sanders tightens his grip in Iowa." (Photo: Screenshot) Julie Hollar
Corporate Media Are the Real 'Sanders Attack Machine'
The real Sanders attack machine isn’t the mythical machine run by Sanders to take down his opponents; it’s run by the establishment Democrats and their media counterparts.
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The House of Representatives votes Dec. 18 to adopt the articles of impeachment, accusing Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (Photo: U.S. House of Representatives / Wikimedia Commons) Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump's Impeachment Defense Is Incoherent By Design
While the GOP may indeed preserve Trump’s tenure through their death grip on a slim Senate majority, history books will not be kind to the deceit they have displayed and the fools they have made of themselves.
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The organization and manipulation of government debts (to finance budget deficits and development projects) have been core components of world capitalism’s real history for centuries. (Photo: Juan Barahona / Flickr) Richard Wolff
Government Debts as Class Swindles
The same politicians who facilitate tax reductions for banks, big corporations, and the wealthiest individuals likewise then facilitate government borrowing money from them.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Alpha male that he is, the Head Coach has absolute control over the brutes. (Photo: CJ Gunther/EPA/REX/Shuttershock) Robert Lipsyte
Five Criteria for Selecting the Worst Old White Man to Lead Us
The Super Bowl presidency.
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On Thursday, Free Press Action released its 2020 “Right to Connect Voter Guide,” an analysis of presidential candidates’ positions on vital media and technology policies. It analyzes the positions of nine Democratic and Republican presidential candidates polling at 3 percent or above in recent national polls. (Image: Free Press Action) Craig Aaron, Dana Floberg
Your Emoji-Based Guide to Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Media and Tech Policy
President Donald Trump gets all frowns, but Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren stand out for their proposals to invest billions to expand internet access and rein in steep broadband prices that keep low-income families and people of color offline.
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If Democrats want to block the existential threat of a second Trump term, they need to find out as soon as possible during the primary season whether Biden has what it takes to stand up to Trump. (Photo: Screenshot) Miles Mogulescu
Democrats Should Want Joe Biden To Testify
If Democrats want to block the existential threat of a second Trump term, they need to find out as soon as possible during the primary season whether Biden has what it takes to stand up to Trump.
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In response to the influx, politicians in Italy and across Europe have expressed concern about the number of migrants and refugees. (Photo: Shutterstock) Megan A. Carney
When Politicians Turn Immigration Into a 'Crisis,' Entire Societies Suffer
A look at Sicily, where political restrictions on immigration are taking their toll on local residents as well as immigrants.
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 Two Israeli Soldiers guard a checkpoint in Hebron dividing zones H1 from H2 with Palestinian children standing at the other side of the fence. (Photo: June 2016, via Shutterstock) Mitchell Plitnick
Call It an 'Apartheid Plan'—Trump’s New Neo-Colonial Proposal Cements Palestinian Subjugation
There is no commitment to a Palestinian state.
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Trumpism is what happens when a compromised immune system meets an unusual pathogen. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) John Feffer
America’s Coronavirus: Containing the Outbreak of Trumpism
The banality of President Trump’s evil has infected huge swaths of the electorate as well as the federal government. Can it be treated?
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The American public is hungry for progress. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
2020 Election Must Focus on Voter Needs and Future
Voters need substantive, issue-driven debates, not sensationalized campaign wars.
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War is hell in all directions, and perhaps it’s time to question the sanity of trying to maneuver hell for your own advantage. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Maneuvering Hell for Our Advantage
Eighteen years on, we’re bombing Afghanistan more savagely than ever. We’ve already destroyed the country, but we can’t stop trying to save it.
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Protesters at the rally held signs depicting reasons for Trump to be removed. Members of the activist group Rise and Resist held an emergency demo in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal during the peak evening rush hour to demand that the Senate hold a full trial with witnesses and evidence. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Alan Hirsch
Bring It On: Why Democrats Should Take the Hunter Biden for John Bolton Trade
What's the worst that can happen? Quite likely we will "learn" what we already know.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Israeli forces demolish a building with bulldozers in Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood of Sur Baher region of East Jerusalem on July 22, 2019. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Trump's 'Deal of the Century' Won't Bring Peace—And That Was the Plan
Trump's plan fully aligns the US with Israeli efforts—pursued by all its main political parties over many decades — to lay the groundwork for permanent apartheid in the occupied territories.
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a former top executive at Raytheon, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, was recognized as a top corporate lobbyist by the Hill newspaper two years in a row. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Nicole Meija/Joint Base Andrews/cc) Lawrence Wilkerson
Endless War Is a Disastrous (But Profitable) Enterprise
Dollars pour in to the coffers of the Complex, no matter how many bombs are dropped on innocent civilians.
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