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Saturday, April 18, 2020
An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. Robert P. Alvarez
The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Protect the 2020 Election
We need no-excuse absentee voting now—and that's the bare minimum.
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Magic Kingdom Hamilton Nolan
Furloughed Disney Workers "Can't Wait" For Help, But Florida's Unemployment System Is Broken
"Nobody can do anything. Nobody can apply. The system is crashed."
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Ralph Nader
Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives Be on the Job Providing Essential Services?
Some lawmakers want a remote Congress so they can remain AWOL and pretend to deal with the many crises remotely.
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The Uber phone app is shown as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Stisa Granick
Apple and Google Announced a Coronavirus Tracking System. How Worried Should We Be?
A well-designed tool could offer public health benefit, but a poorly designed one could pose unnecessary and significant risks to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
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Friday, April 17, 2020
Daniel Berrigan at Cornell University circa 1970 in Ithaca, New York. (Photo: PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) Brian Terrell
COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
The pandemic has brought home what the threats of global destruction by climate change and nuclear war should have long ago—that the promises of normalcy will never deliver in the end.
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One of the reasons the Trump administration might be so unhappy with the WHO is that it works with ALL countries, including those that are not allies of the United States. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) Ariel Gold
De-Funding the World Health Organization: Unethical, Cruel, and Dangerous for the World
COVID-19 has shown just how deeply interconnected people are. Now is precisely the time to be increasing global cooperation, not cutting funding to the WHO.
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The United States does have a huge domestic market, so it can see shutdowns in certain segments and still likely get by without severe shortages, but smaller countries absolutely need diverse sources. (Photo: Johannes Eisle/AFP/Getty Images) Dean Baker
It’s the End of the World Economy as We Know It, Just Like the Great Recession
The issue here is not the importance of the dollar, but rather the reluctance of other major economic powers to directly challenge U.S. policy.
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Kinja indigenous people during a ceremony in the Waimiri-Atroari Reserve in 2019. (Photo: Bruno Kelly/Amazônia Real. Creative Commons) Shanna Hanbury
Indigenous Group Wins Unprecedented Right of Reply to Bolsonaro’s Racist Invective
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered government websites to post a letter from the Kinja indigenous people for 30 days as part of their right to respond to racist rhetoric from the president's administration.
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Even before the coronavirus crisis upended our economy and sent millions all at once into unemployment, student loan debt threatened the economic security of every borrower.(Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Remington A. Gregg
Canceling Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It Makes Economic Sense
Forty-five million Americans hold a whopping $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Eight million of those individuals have defaulted on their loans.
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There is no longer the slightest doubt in any sane person’s mind that not only are the GOP’s fundamentalist-extremist religious allies a death cult disguised as 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organizations.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
The GOP Has Become a Death Cult
American conservatism—the so-called "culture of life"—worships annihilation.
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They tend to think of you as a prime example of the Goldman Sachs wing of the Democratic Party, always considering what the Fortune 500 point of view might be before staking out your position. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
So, Joe Biden, Here’s the Deal
Might the current Covid-19 situation make you think that the U.S. needed to immediately adopt some form of universal health insurance?
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America, too, will live on. But it will have lost some further measure of its greatness thanks in no small part to the man who, however cynically, wanted to make it great again. John Feffer
Living in Dystopia
"The future has arrived, it’s just not evenly distributed yet."
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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Governments and corporations should be held accountable for the inequalities they have perpetuated and that are decisive in who lives or dies, and how many. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Tamara Pearson
The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises Is Wrecking Poor Countries
Along with measures like rent freezes and guaranteeing workers’ rights, really addressing a global pandemic involves public health planning that cross borders and confronting global inequality and the climate crisis.
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Emphasizing COVID-19’s Asian origins during a pandemic undermines the obligations we have towards our fellow citizens. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) Shahid Mahmood
I Am Not a Virus
"Less than 0.001% of Chinese people have coronavirus, yet more than 99.999% have already experienced coronaracism."
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Red sign hanging at the glass door of a shop says, "Closed due to coronavirus." (Photo: Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
In the Last Four Weeks, More Than 20 Million Workers Applied for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Congress has the power to dramatically mitigate the suffering associated with the coronavirus shock, and they have an obligation to exercise it.
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If neoliberalism was already on life support, then the coronavirus has administered the lethal blow. (Photo: Lan Hongguang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images) Laurie Macfarlane
A Spectre Is Haunting the West–the Spectre of Authoritarian Capitalism
From coronavirus to climate change, China is surging ahead of the US and its allies. Are we witnessing the slow death of liberal capitalism?
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The US’s employer-based healthcare system is exceptionally vulnerable and incapable of addressing a pandemic, because enforcing the economic shutdown required by quarantine causes massive spikes in unemployment, which then lead to further drops in healthcare coverage, and further compound the problem in a vicious circle. (Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) Joshua Cho
Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Corporate Media From Crusading Against Universal Healthcare
It’s vital that media do everything they can to press the government and inform citizens about a system that can deliver the healthcare we need when we have never needed it more.
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As physicians and health practitioners we have warned for decades about the existential threats of nuclear war and climate change and vulnerability to global pandemics. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Robert Dodge
Budgets Are Moral Documents: Nuclear Weapons Funding and COVID-19 Response
We are one interconnected human family on this planet and at long last, it is time to recognize this fact. The cessation of funding and elimination of nuclear weapons would be a good-faith step in recognizing this reality.
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"It’s hard not to conclude that the American government’s national security priorities have been so askew of reality that they left the country dramatically unprepared for an acute threat to millions of its people." (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
War, Irony and the New Normal
The world devotes $2 trillion annually to war and armaments, all in the name of keeping itself safe. This is insanity beyond comprehension.
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More than 25 nurses at @UChicagoMed @IngallsHealth took action to protest the lack of N95 respirators, and the fact that nurses are being forced to work in the ER without proper training. We will ALWAYS fight for the safety of our patients and our communities! Jeremy Brecher
"Make the Damn Masks!"
There have been at least 45 walkouts for coronavirus protection already and there is growing talk of a nationwide strike to force the government to act.
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An intensive care nurse treat a patient at intensive care unit at the Klinikum Bad Hersfeld hospital on March 20, 2020 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) John Buell
Ventilators: Even Equal Access Leaves Vital Questions
Covid-19 is dangerous enough—we must not let our fear of this virus strip us of our abilities to ask crucial questions, even in these very unnerving times.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders shake hands ahead of the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Bernie's Pivot for Biden Might Not Be Pleasant, But Trump Must Be Defeated
If anyone thinks it doesn't matter much whether Trump is re-elected, they're living in some kind of bubble.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Empty drug store shelves in Phoenix, Arizona shortly after quarantine measures were announced. (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
I Take Hydroxychloroquine. Please Don't Hoard It.
To prevent hoarding and protect public health, we need to move towards universal care and lower-cost drugs.
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Whoever wins the presidency, the millions of people who voted and worked for Bernie Sanders will need to plow their energies and talents into creating serious political pressure to win gains for climate action, health care access, people power, workers’ rights, corporate accountability, and much more.  (Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Beyond Bernie: The Next Challenge for Progressives
Once the mourning is over, we must build on his campaign and turn this movement into greater leverage and power.
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HTML tags will be transformed to conform to HTML standards. Cynthia Kaufman
Facing Our Other Crises With Lessons From COVID-19
As we prepare to bring our economies back from their pause, it is time to work hard for a just and green recovery. We have the resources, the scientific and technical knowledge, and the proven policies for all of us to live well.
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A scientific staff member works in a secure laboratory, researching the coronavirus, at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar on February 3, 2020. (Photo:Seyllou / AFP / Getty images) Aminata Touré
Africa Is Relying on its Own Forces in Fight Against Covid-19
The African Union must, more than ever, reinforce the scientific cooperation among its member states in order to insure our common health sovereignty.
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Littoral combat ship USS Detroit off the coast of Venezuela. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores
Threatening Military Intervention in Venezuela During a Pandemic?
With cities in Venezuela under lockdown and the country struggling to address a looming public health crisis and yet another economic shock, it is clear that the Trump administration sees a new opportunity to exercise "maximum pressure" to try to achieve regime change.
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Sanders’s “Not Me, Us” message has already taken root, both in movement spaces and electorally. (Photo: Getty Images) Lexi McMenamin
Bernie’s Campaign Suspension Shows How Far We Have to Go
The movements that drove the Sanders campaign are still fighting for a better world.
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"In 2008, the banks were too big to fail, so we moved quickly to bail them out," writes Dr. Goldstein. "Now, in the face of the largest public health crisis we’ve seen in a century, the American hospital system is too important to fail." (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robbie Goldstein
US Hospitals Are Sick With COVID-19. Here's the Treatment.
Moving towards a Medicare for All healthcare system will not just stem the financial losses that hospitals are now experiencing, but will ensure that we are prioritizing care and equity in our healthcare system.
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Residents line up outside a medicine shop in Indian-administered Kashmir. (Photo: Bilal Hussain) Bilal Hussain
Fighting Covid-19—And Repression—in Kashmir
The Indian government’s repression of doctors and restrictions on the Internet could make the pandemic far deadlier in the formerly autonomous region.
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. The polling place was set up to offer drive-up voting where residents voted from their vehicles but it offered one outdoor voting booth for residents who walked to the polling place. The extreme measures were put in place to make the process safer for residents and election officials as the state continues its shelter-in-place order to help curtail the sp Ruth Conniff
Democracy Wins in Wisconsin
Republicans fail in their effort to win Supreme Court seat by putting lives at risk.
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This is not leadership. This is the exact opposite of leadership. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response
At every point, Trump has used this crisis to compliment himself.
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Douglas Medina
Working-Class Students Doing Double Duty During Coronavirus
CUNY students struggling to complete their current courses under stressful conditions, while also working to provide for themselves and their families, exemplify preexisting inequities that the unprecedented pandemic have only amplified.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden tries to calm his supporters as demonstrators disrupt his rally at Renaissance High School on March 9, 2020 in Detroit on the eve of Michigan's primary election. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Promise and the Peril of the Millennial Left
On the value of demands and the pitfalls of ultimatums.
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Data collection and processing must be transparent, and individuals should be clearly informed about the purpose of data collection and how long their data will be retained.(Photo: Blogtrepreneur/flickr/cc) Emily Peterson-Cassin
Even During a Pandemic, Digital Privacy Matters
We do not have to become a data dystopia. But we must act quickly to stop the coronavirus from turning us into one.
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past presidents and congresses have failed for decades to mobilize the resources and make the wrenching changes needed to end the virus of white racism, and finally create an equal playing field for all in America.  (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Coronavirus Illustrates Our Failure to Create a Fair Society
African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to die because we bear the pre-existing condition known as race.
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Medicare is much more efficient than private insurance and cannot deny care to those who need it the most. (Photo: Screenshot) F. Douglas Stephenson
1 Out of 5 Americans Need Mental Health Care But Are Denied It—Yet Another Reason for Medicare for All
Our mental health care system needs to get private health insurance out of it.
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For weeks now, Trump has been seizing on the Covid-19 crisis gripping the nation and the world as an opportunity to snag free air time. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
There’s No Reason to Turn Airtime Over to Trump’s Deceptive Coronavirus Campaign Rallies
If the powerful are spreading life-threatening lies, do not freely give them a huge platform to reach more people with those lies.
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A scene from "Sorry We Missed You," a film by Ken Loach based on the play by Paul Laverty. (Photo: Zeitgeist Films) Chuck Collins
A Film Recommendation in Stay-at-Home Times: 'Sorry We Missed You'
A very good flick to watch during a pandemic about one family's struggle in the gig economy.
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HTML tags will be transformed to conform to HTML standards. David Nibert
Now Is the Time to End the Oppression of Nonhuman Animals
At this tragic moment in history, circumstances are crying out for policies and legislation that will rapidly promote the development of a global, plant-based food system.
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Matt Hart, beverage director at Harvard Gardens, helps to distribute bagged lunches to Massachusetts General Hospital employees in Boston on April 1, 2020. The restaurant has offered help by providing free lunches for medical professionals. (Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe/Getty Images) Amy Hanauer
History, Economic Justice, and COVID-19
After an era of right-wing ascendance—and staring at the carnage of this ongoing pandemic—we must make sure the pendulum swings swiftly toward a more equitable future and a better society for all .
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In some sense, President Trump has been exhibiting the sort of detachment from reality that American presidents and other officials did less openly in the Vietnam years.  And for this president, Covid-19 could indeed prove to be the disease version of a Vietnam War. (Photo: Getty) Tom Engelhardt
Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?
Could a post-coronavirus planet be one on which the U.S. military and the national security state were no longer the sinkholes for endless trillions of taxpayer dollars that could have been spent so much more fruitfully elsewhere?
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In this photo illustration a postcard from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began arriving in the mailboxes of United States households. On the reverse of the postcard its printed "President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America", detailing hygiene and distancing protocols Americans are asked to follow. (Photo: Toby Scott/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Michael Winship
As Coronavirus Rages On, Trump Junks Your Mail and Attacks the Postal Service
Distracted by the disease, we’re being conned by a White House intent on using contagion to disrupt democracy.
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Monday, April 13, 2020
Trump said that he never saw these reports and memos. I believe Trump on this. He is an absentee president, other than for his rallies, reality TV "briefings," and golf games. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Why the US Has the World's Highest Number of Covid-19 Deaths
Unlike China, which turned to its public health experts, Trump turned to Vice President Mike Pence and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Thousands of Americans are dying unnecessarily as a result and we are still far from any coherent national plan.
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There is some hope of bipartisan potential for Jayapal’s plan. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
Jayapal Proposes Layoff Prevention Plan as the Fed Expands Corporate Aid With No Employment Strings
We could avoid a return to Great Depression-era unemployment rates if we follow European models and tie business assistance to preserving jobs.
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Central to the program should be a tax that limits the further accumulation—that is, hoarding—of wealth by the billionaire class. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Bob Lord, Chuck Collins
Taxes Paid By Billionaires Decreased 79 Percent Since 1980, as Percentage of Their Wealth
As we emerge from this pandemic, substantial tax increases are inevitable. Central to the program should be a tax that limits the hoarding of wealth by the billionaire class.
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The pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of our current system of worker protections. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Celine McNicholas
Congress Should Immediately Pass Legislation Protecting Workers' Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Enough is enough. Workers are risking their lives every day to provide the services we have deemed to be essential.
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Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Tim Koechlin
Trump and the GOP Don't Care About Your Grandchildren
In the grand cost/benefit analysis, one more fatally ill low wage worker of color doesn't count. Zero. That’s a price that Trump and his capitalist buddies are willing to pay.
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"We are paying far too high a price for his impulse to cater to his self-interest and not the public interest," writes Green. "Trump must get out, whether by the 25th amendment, resignation, or defeat." (Image: Public Citizen/CD/CC BY 3.0) Mark Green
This Fake President Must Resign
Even if he wanted to, Donald Trump simply lacks the tools to do the job.
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This millennium has wired us into a pervasive system of individuated connection, making it a perfect precursor to the requisite high-tech sequestration at hand. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Apocalypse On-Demand
Is this societal demise, or technological ascent?
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Nationalism will only make a global pandemic worse. We are all in this together, and our foreign policies should reflect that. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Khury Petersen-Smith
How Wars, Sanctions, and Militarism Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse
As we take steps to control the virus, these devastating U.S. foreign policies need to be immediately reversed.
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No one knows just how bad things could get, how many people will succumb to Covid-19, or what heights the jobless rate will reach, but of this much we can be certain: the virus’s wave hasn’t crested yet and may not for weeks, or even months. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Rajan Menon
Living on a Pandemic Planet: The Ultimate Stress Test
The American world that Covid-19 reveals.
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Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and heads up the Trump administration’s Covid-19 task force. (Photo: CNN) Juan Cole
If Trump Fires Dr. Fauci and Installs a Barr-Like Toady, Whatever Will Become of Us?
Trump is perfectly capable of installing some suck-up crony as head of the coronavirus task force, someone who would be all right with declaring the pandemic over.
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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Ramzy Baroud
A Palestinian Guide to Surviving a Quarantine: On Faith, Humor, and 'Dutch Candy'
Currently in Gaza, the quarantine has a different name. We call it "siege," also known as "blockade."
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Rachel M. Cohen
The Last Stimulus Ignored Climate. Activists Are Determined That Won't Happen in the Next One.
Bruised from the CARES Act, environmental organizations are planning next steps.
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Tina Grandinetti, Laurel Mei-Singh
Cancel RIMPAC, Protect Hawai'i
Bullets and bombs are useless against viruses. This pandemic reveals that our mutual survival depends on fostering an ethos of solidarity.
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César Chelala
The Promising Cuba/US Cooperation on Cancer
"The wonderful thing about working with our Cuban colleagues is that they really believe, in their heart of hearts, that medical care is a human right."
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Lisa Gilbert, Bartlett Naylor
Only Oversight of Oversight Will Keep Profiteers From Siphoning Stimulus Money Into Their Own Wallets
Just how much money is in the CARES Act? At $1 per second, it would take 60,000 years to hand it all out.
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Juan Cole
Burning Fossil Fuels Made Coronavirus Death Rate Worse, and Kills 200K Americans Per Year, Not to Mention Global Heating
Clean air is not just a beautiful thing. It is necessary for our health.
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Saturday, April 11, 2020
Karyn Strickler
Biden Must Become the Climate-Commander-in-Chief
Given the climate emergency, the difference between a candidate who is good enough on the issue and one who is great, could be the difference between a livable planet and not.
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Sam Pizzigati
If the Rich Trust in Hydroxychloroquine, Should We?
In deeply unequal societies, figuring out who to believe will always be a challenge.
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump and the Mask
With Easter off the table, the trump attention shifted to another festive time of year to which he always looked forward—Halloween!
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Jeremy Richardson
Reminder to Congress: The Coal Industry Trade Association Doesn't Give a Damn About Its Workers
Congress must ignore NMA's greedy request to be relieved of its collective responsibility to coal workers and the environment.
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Nozomi Hayase
Assange's Extradition: Incarceration in the Time of Covid-19 Threatens His Life
In the COVID-19 emergency, the prosecution of Julian Assange is aggressing further.
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Bill Blum
Will Trump Be Held Accountable for the Blood on His Hands?
Establishing the President's civil or criminal liability will be a tough sell, but not impossible.
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Friday, April 10, 2020
Then, when the pandemic is over, let’s insist that the U.S. honor the UN Charter’s prohibition against the threat or use of force, which wise American leaders drafted and signed in 1945, and start living at peace with all our neighbors around the world. (Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity
If we can give up war during a pandemic, why can’t we just give it up altogether? In which devastated country would you like the U.S. to start fighting and killing again when the pandemic is over? Afghanistan? Yemen? Somalia? Or would you prefer a brand new U.S. war against Iran, Venezuela or...
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Even before COVID-19, domestic violence was already a global emergency. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) Lisa Davis, Yifat Susskind
As the Virus Unleashes Violence, Women in War-torn Countries Organize
We need a global plan to address the predictable rise in gender-based violence that COVID-19 is triggering.
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The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28, 2011 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images) Harvey Wasserman
Terrified Atomic Workers Warn That the COVID-19 Pandemic May Threaten Nuclear Reactor Disaster
Nuclear safety cannot be shortchanged—especially in the midst of an outbreak like what the nation is now experiencing.
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Pompeo rode his ample funding from the political action committee of the billionaire Koch brothers straight to the Hill. So linked was he to those fraternal right-wing energy tycoons and so protective of their interests that he was dubbed "the congressman from Koch." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Trump's Own Military "West Point Mafia"
"Courage never quits"?: The price of power and West Point’s class of 1986.
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Bill Moyers
Republicans Admit They Lose When Elections are Fair and Free
Veteran journalist talks with Ratf**ked author David Daley, whose reporting and advocacy on gerrymandering and voting rights have fired up a generation of activists fighting for free and fair elections.
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If the Trudeau government seems unable to break out of its subservience to the marketplace, some in the labour movement are showing more vision. (Photo: Oregon National Guard/Flickr) Linda McQuaig
Ottawa Should Produce Vital Products—Like It Did in the Second World War
In recent decades, Canada has increasingly bought into an ideology that celebrates the marketplace and denigrates government.
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Social distancing advisories in Washington, DC (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
Why Did Our Permanent Emergency Government Fail to Face the Emergency?
When history finally conducts an autopsy into this horrendous pandemic, the national security state that failed to protect us cannot emerge unscathed.
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Since Covid-19 has been tearing through Iran, the US state has not eased up its assault. (Photo: Medea Benjamin) Gregory Shupak
As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way
The best way to comprehensively remedy the inordinate harm the Iran sanctions do, it seems, would be to lift the sanctions, but few in the corporate media are making this rather obvious point.
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The Wisconsin Experiment was a farce and a travesty. But those voters represent the fortitude and the long line we all need to join to preserve democracy. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Reuters) Derrick Z. Jackson
The Election Travesty in Wisconsin Is A Wake-up Call for the Nation
It shows we need a doubling and tripling of our efforts to assure free and fair elections, with online registration, mail-in voting options, and safe in-person voting procedures across the country.
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Coronavirus crisis volunteer Rhiannon Navin greets local residents arriving to a food distribution center at the WestCop community center on March 18, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Is America a Backward Nation? South Korea has US Equivalent of 1,311 Coronavirus Deaths as We Hit 16,000
The US is increasingly like a Third World country, with an isolated, coddled class of super-wealthy at the top, a crumbling scientific infrastructure, and a wasteland of plastic strip malls and 2 dollar an hour wait staff.
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Senator Bernie Sanders during an interview with the editorial board of The New York Times in February, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/NYT) Laura Flanders
Thank You, Bernie Sanders. Screw You, New York Times.
In the Times ' world, it’s apparently ok to bemoan a society and an economy that privileges the rich over the poor, but it’s unacceptable to run for the presidency on a promise to reverse those priorities.
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Thursday, April 9, 2020
 As a trained healthcare worker, I could be helping with COVID-19 response efforts. Instead, I am fighting for my life.  (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Tatalu Helen Dada
A Mother in ICE Detention Pleads for Her Life
No one deserves to die from COVID-19 because of government abuse and indifference. The government has a duty to adequately and humanely care for those it has taken and detained.
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Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Kevin Martin
Ventilators Not Bombs, Humanitarian Aid Not Sanctions, Cooperation Not Regime Change
The pandemic has shown how unsustainable our economy is, particularly continuing to forego investment in our human, physical and environmental infrastructure to feed a voracious war machine.
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If cities, states, and the federal government can choose to release prisoners due to COVID-19, what does that tell us about the purpose and meaning of imprisonment? (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Zoe Weil
What COVID-19 Reveals About Incarceration and How We Can Transform the Prison System
We are being offered an opportunity to carefully examine a destructive, expensive, punitive system and transform it into one that could be just, restorative, and good for individuals and society as a whole.
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New Yorkers make some noise to show appreciation to healthcare workers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Manhattan, New York City, United States on April 8, 2020. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Richard Heinberg
Pandemic Response Requires Post-Growth Economic Thinking
The end of growth is painful. We had a foretaste of it in 2008, but the current crisis promises to be much worse.
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People watch the arrival of the USNS Comfort Ship on March 30, 2020 in New York as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey. The naval hospital has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms. The Comfort will not treat Covid-19 patients. (Photo by Kena Betancur/ VIEWpress via Getty Images)  Hamilton Nolan
The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die
Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital.
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If conditions are this cruel now, imagine what it will be like as climate change accelerates. (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Cruel Immigration Policies Make the Pandemic Worse
Warehousing people in unsanitary conditions and then deporting them to poor countries is a recipe for contagion.
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"You have inspired and galvanized a new generation of young Americans," Reich writes to Sanders. "You have made it possible for America to live up to its ideals. Your courage and determination have made me and countless others proud." (Image: Marketworld) Robert Reich
Dear Bernie: Thank You.
May your voice, your indignation, and your moral clarity ring out for years to come.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to Iowa voters at the Ames City Auditorium on January 25, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Post-Sanders: Dealing with Biden, the DNC, and the Rest of It
With the heat of the Sanders campaign apparently a thing of the past, we will have a lot of time to appreciate just how far we have come in such a relatively short period, as well as to figure out how all of this will work in the future.
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Staff and volunteers with Project C.U.R.E hold a drive outside the United Center to collect donations of personal protective equipment from the community. The equipment will be used to supply hospitals and clinics that are experiencing shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 29, 2020, in Chicago. (PHOTO BY SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES) Ruth Terry
12 Ways Communities Are Taking Care of Each Other During the Pandemic
The efforts range from a Slack chat community connecting people around the world to suggestions about what to do with your stimulus check.
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A street vendor's cart in lower Manhattan, March 18, 2020. (Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/PA.) Mariano Aguirre
The Impact of COVID-19 Is All Down to Inequality
Coronavirus must change the neoliberal rationale, and rescue the social contract between the welfare state and the market economy that can plan to prevent the crises to come.
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My hope is that we are at the dawn of a revolution of awareness. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
What World Shall We Create?
From the war on terror to the war on crime to the war on weeds, we have failed.
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Postal workers are rising to the challenge of a crisis unlike any we’ve ever experienced. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Trump: Postal Workers Don’t Deserve a Financial Lifeline
Trump and leaders in Congress must immediately fill the gap in the stimulus bill with direct relief on the scale needed to save our public Postal Service and the many businesses and families that depend on it.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Bernie’s Decision: Retreat Should Not Be Confused with Surrender
In these important battles we wage, we will often lose—but we must not give up.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Bill Barr, speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Bernie Sanders
We Cannot Rely on Trump. Congress Must Lead the Way in This Unprecedented Crisis
The American people deserve and require leadership from Washington amid this horrific pandemic and economic meltdown
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It has never been about whether the US could afford a progressive program; it has always been about whether the elite wanted to or were forced to fund it. It is an issue of political will, apparently, not economic means. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Dan Brook
How Are We Going to Pay for It?
We will either have democratic socialism or we will continue to socialize suffering.
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Our weak public health, education, child care, and unemployment benefits, among other things, left the nation one crisis away from bringing down the entire economy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Anneliese Lederer
A Trillion in Prevention
Our economy was never as strong for working people as the numbers made it look. As we prepare to spend trillions on this crisis, let’s invest in changing that.
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This election was a sham. It will cost votes—and lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Wisconsin's Unconscionable Sham
The state’s election was a danger to public health and a democratic travesty—all to help Republicans suppress more votes.
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To protect profits, the private health insurance industry and their Congressional supporters continue strongly opposing Medicare for All.  (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) F. Douglas Stephenson
Coronavirus and Medicare for All: Our Crisis Comes From Gov’t Putting Profit over Public Health
Join the majority of Americans who support improved Medicare for all.
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Medical personnel talk at a drive-thru Coronavirus COVID-19 testing station at West Jefferson Medical Centeron March 17, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. West Jefferson Medical Center has opened a drive-thru Coronavirus test station where patients who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus can be referred by a physician to be tested. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Bill Quigley
7 Very Disturbing Facts About COVID-19 in Louisiana
One of the nation's hotspots is suffering severely from the outbreak.
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The one certainty is that the most vulnerable and excluded members of society will suffer the worst consequences, as with all economic crises. (Photo: Giacomo Carra on Unsplash) Adam Parsons
Will Covid-19 Spur a Peoples’ Bailout for the World’s Poorest?
The question is whether Covid-19 will awaken us to the stark inequalities of our world, or does it simply represent a new cause of impoverishment for the vast swathes of humanity who have long been disregarded by the public’s conscience?
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The Let My People Go campaign is a Jewish-led bond fund effort organized by New Sanctuary, Never Again Action, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, intended to free as many immigrant detainees as possible. (Image: Let My People Go Campaign) Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
This Passover, Let’s Free Them All
It is incumbent upon us to amplify the cries of imprisoned immigrants with our own voices.
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To have a People's government, we must build it. (Photo: julian meehan/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
To Have a People's Government, We the People Must Build It
This is not just a one-time, resist-and-dump Trump campaign we're undertaking but the mobilization of a long-term grassroots movement to reject the systemic corporate takeover of our elections and government at every level.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Venezuelan soldiers prepare for war… against COVID-19. (Photo: Twitter @Planifica_Fanb) Leonardo Flores
The U.S. Should Fight COVID, Not Venezuela
The implications of this should be evident: Venezuela has a substantial population that will resist any invasion or coup.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a New Year's Eve campaign event on December 31, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of many democratic presidential campaigns will be on Iowa in the coming weeks before the caucus on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Alan Minsky
Stay in the race Bernie Sanders. America needs you now more than ever.
Progressive Democrats of America calls upon Senator Bernie Sanders to continue his presidential campaign until the end of the 2020 primary season.
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