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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
In 1994, congress outlawed giving Pell Grants to prisoners. (Photo: AP/Rich Pedroncelli) Cynthia Kaufman
Bring Back Pell Grants for Prisoners
There are hundreds of thousands of people in this country’s prisons who could benefit from educational opportunities
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A student with her face painted participates in a climate change protest organized by 'Youth Strike 4 Climate' in London on Feb. 15. (Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA-EFE / REX) Haven Coleman, Bill McKibben
Students are Striking for Action on Climate Change—a Truancy Everyone Should Applaud
Maybe, at least for a day, there’s more education to be found out in the street. Instead of studying history, it’s time to make it.
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Medea Benjamin
An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later
While most Americans have no memory of this incident, in Iran the date of the deaths of 290 innocent people at the hands of the U.S. military is marked every year just as the 9/11 attack is remembered every year in the United States
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People of faith are encouraging Americans from across our nation to speak out against Wheeler’s deadly poison plan. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds) Rev. Susan Hendershot
Wheeler's Poison Plan Is a Threat to Families' Health and Safety
Wheeler’s willingness to poison our children goes against the very mission of the agency and is anathema to the moral principles embraced by diverse religious traditions
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Trump and his conservative allies are weaponizing “fiscal responsibility” in order to force the poor, elderly, children, and the disabled to shoulder the cost of their massively irresponsible tax cut for the richest Americans.(Photo: Shutterstock/Albert H. Teich) Wendell Potter
Trump’s Greedy 2019 Budget Goes Nuclear on Medicare and Medicaid
This budget would be the U.S government’s largest ever, which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t also such a morally bankrupt document
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Ralph Nader
An Open Letter to Boeing Executives: Passengers First, Ground the 737 MAX 8 Now!
Stop digging in your heels. Tell the airlines to stop digging in their heels. Public trust in your Boeing 737 MAX 8 is eroding fast.
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Regenerative farming practices—such as composting, incorporating animal grazing, diversifying crops—prioritize soil health. Fertile soil stores more carbon. This sequestration solution is not just for agriculture. A recent study found that better management of forests, grasslands, and soils in the United States could absorb as much as 21 percent of the country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Guido Lois) Michaela Haas
The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet
The ideas behind regenerative farming are simple and ancient
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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle at an air base near the Persian Gulf in January 2016. (Photo: John Moore/Photographer: John Moore/Getty I) Hina Shamsi
Trump Pledged to End ‘Endless Wars.’ His Executive Order Suggests Just the Opposite
Only with greater pressure can we end our nation’s deadly addiction to a war-based foreign policy
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People are envisioning, electing and beginning to enact a true progressive agenda to advance our nation's democratic ideals of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. (Photo: Campaign for America's Future ) Jim Hightower
It's Not Socialism; It's What the People Want
Far from socialism, this is democratic populism, reversing decades of government policies that take from the many to give to the wealthy few
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber takes off from the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, on a strike mission over Afghanistan in 2001. (Photo: DoD photo via AFP) Vijay Prashad
The Rightful Owners of a Key Island Military Base for the U.S. Would Like It Back, and the UN Agrees
The Chagos Archipelago belongs to the country of Mauritius; it’s not a bargaining chip for the American empire
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Residents obtain water from a natural source from the hill El Avila after the water supply was suspended in a nationwide blackout on March 10, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. More than 70 percent of the country was in darkness amid an ongoing political dispute between President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido.  (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images/TNS) Jesse Jackson
To Help Venezuela, the U.S. Must Use Diplomacy, not a Military Coup
Fomenting regime change—by a soft coup, by economic sabotage, by fostering a military revolt—is likely to lead to more violence and more suffering
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Morris Pearl
Trump's Budget for a Nightmare America
When someone promises to be selfish and cruel, believe them.
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A wealth tax (also proposed by Warren) would help. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Robert Reich
Warren Is Correct About Busting Up Big Tech
Let’s be clear: Monopolies aren’t good for anyone except for the monopolists
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At the end of the day I will fight tooth and nail to preserve a woman’s right to self-determination and to respect the decisions she makes between her and her doctor. (Photo: a katz /Shutterstock) Dar’shun Kendrick
You Want Our Wombs? We're Coming For Your Testicles
"You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!"
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Across Puerto Rico, according to the New York Times, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was responsible for awarding home-repair grants, rejected 58 percent of applications. (Chris Grogan/Air Force Magazine/Flickr) Stan Cox, Paul Cox
Vulnerable U.S. Citizens Are Still Trapped in the Ruins Left by Hurricane Maria—Would We Care More If They Lived Near Us?
Abandoned by their country, residents refuse to accept the idea that they will never recover
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as she and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveil the Green New Deal resolution. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Frances Moore Lappé
The Green New Deal Is Not a Choice
Please don’t let the naysayers dim our confidence in our power to step up in this do-or-die moment
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In 2018, Progressive candidates and progressive ballot initiatives won across the nation. (Photo: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Nobody Likes Trump, But He Could Still Beat a Centrist Democrat in 2020
Will just "veering" left be enough to inspire voters who have learned to ignore promises and platitudes?
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Allegra Harpootlian
The School Shooters of the Planet
Linking gun violence at home to America’s wars abroad
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The institutions of democracy and sovereignty exist in tension with another powerful institution: the global market and its free trade regimes. (Photo: StopFastTrack / Flickr) Walden Bello
Why Free Trade Is Bad for You (or Most of You at Any Rate)
Free trade is simply a euphemism for the corporate capture of international trade
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Representative Omar is owed an apology. False charges and a manufactured crisis have sullied her name and put her at risk.  (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) James Zogby
The Shameful Attack that Backfired
It is clear that Omar's courage has helped to open a door enabling a discussion of Israeli policy and the US-Israel relationship
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A 2013 report on the ties between big business and the settlements noted the impact on the rights of Palestinians was “pervasive and devastating.” (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The UN Fails to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel’s Illegal Settlements
The hypocrisy of these states—urging peace in the region while doing their best to subvert it—is clear
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Far from the first time that the Committee—the Democratic Party’s official voice in San Francisco—has been at odds with Pelosi. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
San Francisco Democrats Adopt Venezuela Stance Diametrically Opposed to Pelosi’s
It seems clear than when Nancy Pelosi speaks of the “San Francisco values” that she represents, this does not extend to foreign policy
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Monday, March 11, 2019
"Fixing our broken commercial health insurance system," writes Archer, "is too important to leave to the politicians or to the insurance industry." Diane Archer
Why Medicare for Some Is the Wrong Idea
Let's get real: Commercial insurance is the biggest threat to health care choices and our freedom to receive the health care we need.
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Paul Buchheit
The Big Cheat of 2018: Corporations Make Billions in Profits, Demand Tax Refunds from the American Public
It was a banner year for corporate greed
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Medea Benjamin
How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Trump's economic strangulation is having devastating people on the Iranian people
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Norman Solomon
Here Comes Joe Biden and It's Worse Than You Thought
The former vice president is eager to stake out the middle of the road, between ultra-predatory capitalism and solidarity with working-class people
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Bob Dreyfuss
Is a War With Iran on the Horizon?
The Trump administration is reckless enough to turn the Cold War with Iran into a hot one
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Chris Hedges
Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics
Israel's dominance of the Democratic Party is eroding and increasingly losing legitimacy in the eyes of the public
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Michael Winship
Don’t Let the Ilhan Omar Fight Hide Two Essential Truths
Criticism of Israel—and AIPAC—isn't anti-semitic
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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Collateral Damage: A video grab from US cockpit recordings shows Iraqis being shot from a U.S. Apache helicopter on July 12, 2007. Nozomi Hayase
Chelsea Manning’s Fight Against the Grand Jury Exposes Battle for Free Speech
The former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was sent to jail Friday for refusing to answer questions relating to WikiLeaks 2010 disclosures at a grand jury in the Eastern District of...
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CAUTION: SHOOTING AHEAD  A view of residential houses during a fresh skirmish along the Line of control on March 3, 2019 in Uri, 102 Kms (63 miles) north west of Srinagar , the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir. Reese Erlich
What’s Really Going On in Kashmir?
The geopolitics behind the recent military attacks from India and Pakistan
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On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released ”Collateral Murder”: a video showing a July 12, 2007 US Apache attack helicopter attack upon individuals in a Baghdad suburb. Amongst the over twelve people killed by the 30mm cannon fire were two Reuters journalists. Kathy Kelly
Judging U.S. War Crimes
Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria...
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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (3rd L) listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo:  Alex Wong/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
More Denunciation of Omar, More Bullshit: Enough!
It’s all over the news. Ilhan Omar has done it again. This time it’s not “the Jews” she’s attacking. It is “Obama.” This headline, viral on Facebook, says it all: “ Ilhan Omar Goes After Obama,...
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Saturday, March 9, 2019
By dismantling accords that limit nuclear weapons, we bring the explosion steadily closer. Stephen Kinzer
We’re Edging Closer to Nuclear War
Last month two nuclear-armed countries, India and Pakistan, came to the brink of war. Their border skirmish was a scary message from the future. If controls on nuclear weapons continue to weaken,...
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Activists rally in New York on February 26,  2017 over President Trump’s branding news that disagrees with him ‘fake news’. Photo: Alamy Stock Laura Flanders
Making American Journalism Great and Different
A great divide is shaping up in the newspaper business between those who want to make American Journalism “great again” and those who believe it has never been great but could be. It’ll come as no...
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Ilhan Omar (cc photo: Lorie Shaull) Katie Halper
Debate Over Labeling Omar Obscures Vital Debate on Israel/Palestine
Though it was not their intention, Ilhan Omar’s critics did her a favor: They proved the very point she made at the Progressive Issues Town Hall at Busboys and Poets bookstore in Washington, DC, last...
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Ilhan Omar: The hypocrisy of her critics on this issue is breathtaking. Eric Margolis
More Power to You Miss Omar
“Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master”. (Attributed to Voltaire). Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media...
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President Donald Trump hugs the US flag during CPAC 2019 on March 02, 2019, in Washington, DC. Christopher Brauchli
Trump: The Great Imitator
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. — Charles Caleb Colton, Many Things in A Few Words 1824 It was a brilliant move. He one-upped Alec Baldwin of Saturday Night Live (SNL) who has become...
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Friday, March 8, 2019
Women remain at the forefront of the civil society movement, ensuring their rightful place in bringing about peace and building equality in communities at national and international levels. (Photo: John Flores/Flickr/cc) Madeleine Zúñiga, Ema Jackson
International Women’s Day—A Woman’s Place Is Still in the Revolution
Now more than ever it is imperative that women are celebrated and elevated at the highest level for their immense contribution to shaping a world that is non-sexists, non-gender biased and unequivocally builds gender equitable systems for all
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Children in Street Kids School, Kabul, March 2019. (Photo: Maya Evans) Kathy Kelly
Can We Divest From Weapons Dealers?
Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival, and risk far less trauma, if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products
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100 corporations (e.g. ExxonMobil, Shell, and state entities) continue to be the source of 71% of total global carbon dioxide emissions. x (Photo: Minale Tattersfield/Flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Who Will Displace the Omniciders?
The only reason Congress has been an oil, gas, and coal toady, instead of an efficient, renewable energy force, is because we have sat on the sidelines watching ExxonMobil be Congress’ quarterback
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These regenerative farming practices also achieve one other key outcome — they improve the soil’s ability to sequester carbon. (Photo: file) Daniel Ross
A Climate Change Solution No One’s Talking About: Better Land Use
A key to fighting climate change could be right under our feet
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Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Greg Coleridge
The 'We the People Amendment' Aims to Fix the Crisis of Corporate Rule
Because corporations are not people and big problems require bold solutions
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Washington Office on Latin America
A Peaceful, Democratic Solution to Venezuela's Crisis Requires Fact-based Analysis and Advocacy
A response to the "Open Letter to WOLA" from 124 academics and scholars
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Every attempt to completely overhaul the healthcare system has failed or become watered down due to opposition from the healthcare industry. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) Karl Evers-Hillstrom
Big Pharma, Insurers, Hospitals Team Up to Kill Medicare for All
The giants of the healthcare industry agree on one thing: Medicare for All cannot become law
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At the core of Zuckerberg’s announcement is Facebook’s plan to merge its three messaging platforms: Facebook’s Messenger, Instagram’s Direct, and WhatsApp. (Photo: Screenshot/EFF) Gennie Gebhart
A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We'll Believe It When We See It.
Above all, Facebook needs to be transparent about its business model
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" to give host Jake Tapper the Trump administration's take on Venezuela. (Photo: CNN screen shot) Lee Camp
We Are Being Lied Into War Again
This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country—or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results
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Doctors marched in New York in 2011 to demand health care for all. (Photo: Michael Fleshman / CC BY-SA 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Arrived
It’s a matter of life and death
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Salena Tramel
Embracing Grassroots Feminism
Feminism is inherently political and must not be viewed in isolation from other structural inequalities, including race, generation, and class
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Thursday, March 7, 2019
2020 candidates back sweeping labor reform, but will they talk about it on the stump? (Photo: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)   David Goodner
Will 2020 Be the Year Presidential Candidates Actually Take Labor Issues Seriously?
Sanders, Harris and Warren have all also taken symbolic actions since announcing their presidential runs in order to highlight their close relationship with unions and the working class
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Jeff Cohen
This Jew Tells Speaker Pelosi: "You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar Correct"
Unfortunately, all the vague media references to Rep Omar's so-called "anti-Semitic remarks" obscure how truthful and non-hateful those comments were
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"It does make me sad that, after all this time, #MeToo notwithstanding, women in this country seem to have made so little progress towards loving our astonishingly beautiful bodies, ourselves." (Photo: Screenshot/https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/) Rebecca Gordon
From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh
How young women learn to hate their genitals
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Tom Engelhardt
Feminism, Radical Literature, and Little Old Me
I certainly can take no credit for the fact that we were distributing such now-classic materials back in the 1970s, but I can still take pride in the fact that I was there when it all happened
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The IMF predicts that the U.S. current account deficit—the broadest measure of U.S. trade in goods, services, and income—will nearly double between 2016 and 2022. (Photo: Getty) Robert E. Scott
Record U.S. Trade Deficit in 2018 Reflects Failure of Trump’s Trade Policies
Unless these trends are offset by a rapid decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, rapidly rising trade deficits could be devastating for U.S. manufacturing
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Some might say that the Green New Deal is too costly. It would be even more costly not to enact it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Hannah Estrada, Michael Estrada
It’s Not Just Our Planet That Needs a Green New Deal—Our People Do Too
We stood up to our senator to save our future. Will you join us?
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 We found that schools with police reported 3.5 times as many arrests as schools without police. (Photo: Screenshot) Evie Blad
1.7 Million Students Attend Schools With Police But No Counselors, New Data Show
"Schools are under-resourced and students are overcriminalized."
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“Humans might be the first species to knowingly choose self-extinction.” (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Re-Inhabiting Planet Earth
What may be history’s ultimate moment of human arrogance: the belief in a sense of separateness from and superiority to nature so thorough that we have, with our monstrous intelligence, the ability and therefore the right to play Bad God and make the whole planet go poof
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These aggressive and short-sighted policy gestures by Donald Trump have sparked serious concern among nuclear non-proliferation advocates that such decisions could trigger a chain reaction of nuclear proliferation. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite) Nate Singham
Trump’s Nuclear Doctrine Increases the Likelihood of Human Extinction
Given the current policy direction, peace activists have been quick to point out that for the first time in half a century, U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals will not be bound to any bilaterally negotiated oversights
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Leo Gerard
Why It Takes Pressure and Rabble-Rousing From Workers to Retire With Economic Security
Workers are fighting for their hard-earned pensions and every one of them deserves our support
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Juan Cole
Irony: As Pelosi Backs Down on 'Anti-Hate' Resolution, Israel's Politics Goes Peak Racist
That the Democratic Party was proposing a resolution condemning racism as a way of defending Israel and its supporters is next-level irony.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP) Jefferson Morley
Elliott Abrams’ Bloody Lies
The duplicity of Trump’s Venezuela envoy
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As one of two of the first Muslim-American women in Congress, Ilhan Omar is facing a specific set of demands and attacks. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Rebecca Vilkomerson
I'm Jewish, and I Find the Hypocrisy of Republican Islamophobes Hounding Ilhan Omar Breathtaking
It is no surprise that the first elected officials defending Palestinian human rights are facing such fierce opposition from defenders of the status quo
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Olivia Alperstein
A Modest Proposal: Don’t Start a Nuclear War
No one wants a nuclear war, ever. Why don't we have a policy against starting one?
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Sarah Gertler
Criticizing Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic. Here’s What Is.
Pro-Israel politicians don't speak for young Jews like me. They shouldn't pretend to.
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The documentary "Witch Hunt" tells the story of Jackie Walker (pictured above), the activist suspended from the Labour Party over comments that were allegedly anti-Semitic, while underscoring how "anti-Semitism" has become a weapon in the hands of those defending Israel's abusive practices. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) Neve Gordon
The Witch Hunt at Westminster
Accusations of anti-Semitism are increasingly being used to delegitimise critics of the Israeli government and its policies toward the Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem
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Katharine Trendacosta
Tell Congress to Stand Up for Real Net Neutrality Protections
The just-introduced Save the Internet Act would restore the 2015 Open Internet Order and prevent the FCC from pulling the same stunt it did in 2017 by ignoring facts and the clear desire of the people.
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 Suspicions were intensified by war gamers’ determination to make the play as close to the real thing as possible, right down to wheeling out pretend nuclear warheads, use of encrypted messages, and periods of total silence., all warlike actions.(Photo: tofoli.douglas/flickr/public domain) John Buell
Nuclear Brinkmanship Is Back: Why We Need a New Peace Movement
Nuclear modernization is one of the most wasteful aspects of a bloated military budget and drains the economy of persons and resources needed to mitigate the damage climate change is already inflicting
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The first results from the recognition that there are morally urgent unmet needs which could be eliminated with appropriate funding generated by the tax revenue on income above the maximum wage. (Photo: Screenshot) Colin Hickey
Debating a Maximum Wage
Simply select an income point past which all earnings are taxed at 100%
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No one can deny that Omar has endured a great deal of hateful Islamophobia. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) Naomi LaChance
The Slandering of Ilhan Omar
"As if her words have anything to do with the rising white supremacy that actually endangers Jews."
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Presidential candidates could bring much-needed attention to the idea by publicly supporting it. (Photo: Getty) Adam Eichen
We Need Ranked-Choice Voting in the Presidential Primaries
The Democratic Party should signal to state lawmakers and party leaders that RCV would be welcome
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If the United States were to take a leadership role in poverty reduction and addressing environmental concerns, it could begin to restore its reputation in Latin America and around the world. (Photo: Andes) Ronn Pineo
Time for a Democratic New Good Neighbor Policy
Investing in immigration reform, fair trade, gun control, poverty reduction and environmental concerns in Latin America
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What I learned on this epic journey is that all rural communities are reeling. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Niaz Dorry
Rural America Is Reeling. What’s the Remedy?
While the U.S. government has prioritized the bailout of Wall Street with public monies, it has marginalized distressed rural communities and failed to provide the necessary funds, expertise and assistance to help revitalize them
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  Break in: communist-affiliated PAME union members force their way into the labour ministry in Athens during a 2018 protest. (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki /AFP/Getty) Yanis Varoufakis
Let’s Change Europe From the Ground Up
The DiEM25 manifesto proposes immediate financial changes within the existing structures of the EU, to end austerity and fund a green, and hopefully post-capitalist, future. It operates across the continent.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Sujatha Fernandes, Daniel Hellinger, et al.
An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
We believe that the Trump administration’s regime change effort in Venezuela is wrong in every way: morally, legally, and politically.
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President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act while John Dingell Sr., behind him, watches. (Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia, modified from the original.) Nancy J. Altman
This Political Family Has Been Fighting for Social Security and Medicare for All Since the 1930s
The day that John Dingell Jr. died, he told his wife that it was her job to bring Medicare for All over the finish line. And she will.
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The political denunciations of Omar are defensive, self-righteous, and cynical. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
In Defense of Ilhan Omar, Again
Did the House pass such a full-throated Resolution about anti-Semitism after Charlottesville, or after the recent Pittsburgh synagogue massacre?
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Though these additives exist in trace or larger quantities in nearly every packaged food we consume, after they are approved, there isn’t enough research to understand their long-term health effects. (Photo:  Michael Semensohn/flickr/cc) Melissa Kravitz
FDA Bans Cancer-Causing Food Additives, but Won’t Enforce Until 2020
Recently banned food additives will be on grocery shelves all year. Should you panic?
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Most of President Trump’s liberal opponents, including Oliver, lack a systemic framework capable of confronting the looming crisis because, in many ways, the looming crisis is the current crisis. (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Simpson
What John Oliver Gets Wrong About Robots and Jobs
His “Last Week Tonight” segment on workforce automation was darkly entertaining but incomplete without a systemic critique of the power dynamics of automation and the environmental costs of relentless growth
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The point of using such harsh language and of reproducing a repertoire of clichés about a country (dictator, authoritarian, starvation, terrorism, drug cartels) is to delegitimize the government of that state and to begin to legitimize much more dramatic regime change protocols. (Photo: @compartycanada) Vijay Prashad
Will the U.S. End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn’t Bend to Its Will?
To disarm a country, it must be bombed to smithereens. To feed a country, it must be prevented from freely importing food. T o save a country, it must be destroyed.
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The political right is uniting with establishment Democrats in denouncing presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for his supposedly pro-dictatorship stance on Venezuela. And the media are piling on.(Photo: ABC/Screengrab) Alan MacLeod
Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check
The reality is that nothing but complete capitulation to this extractive right-wing tactic will be accepted
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If the scientists are right, "isn't Pelosi's incrementalist approach to climate absurdly inadequate?" he writes. "Isn't it, in fact, like trying to put out a forest fire with a plant mister?"(Photo: Illustrated | Mark Wilson/Getty Images, JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
The Big Problem With Climate 'Realism'
Penny-ante political moderation can not possibly get the job done
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A crowd forms to take photos of the marchers before they cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday commemoration in Selma, Ala. (Photo: AP Photo/Julie Bennett) Jesse Jackson
Selma, the Birthplace of Modern Democracy in America
Selma helped secure the right to vote for African Americans and the young, and for providing the foundation for future battles for equality, including the equal rights of women
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Families have been tear gassed at the border and children have already died in Border Patrol custody. (Photo: Reuters) Greg Grandin
Donald Trump, Pornographer-in-Chief
Bound at the border, or how to make border porn: bread, circuses, and duct tape
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Jeff Cohen
WaPo Warns Dems That Progressive Policies Could Bring Them Many Victories
Beware the potent threat of "centrist bias"
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Eugene Robinson
Trump's Unhinged CPAC Speech Should Concern Us All
The president of the United States gave a rambling and incoherent two-hour speech in which he raved like a lunatic and told crazy, self-serving lies from start to finish. If that no longer qualifies...
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Disclaimer: This blog is not really about Beyonce. (Photo: Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
What’s Worse Than Ticket Scalpers? Stock Scalpers.
A new Wall Street Tax proposal would crack down on the high frequency traders that are cheating the rest of us.
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Monday, March 4, 2019
The four bullets that killed Marielle in downtown Rio de Janeiro, which were once owned by the Federal Police of Brazil, have not stopped her from being an empowering source of support for black people and people of color across the world. (Photo: Democracy Now!) Tanya Rawal-Jindia
It’s Carnaval in Brazil—What ‘Marielle Presente’ Means for Women of Color Across the Globe
The name and image of Marielle Franco—an intersectional representation of the many wars being fought—serves as more than just a reminder
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It now becomes increasingly clear that the official rationale for initiating the Afghanistan War was bogus from the very outset. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc) Andrew Bacevich
The US Quietly Negotiates ‘Peace with Honor’ in Afghanistan
As the US government turns its back on Afghanistan, count on the paladins of national security quickly forgetting all that occurred there and moving on
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 If properly structured, MFA can do that: cut costs while improving choice. (Photo: Rep. Eliot Engel/Twitter) Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Medicare for All Bill Is a Winner
Americans know that the healthcare system is rigged, and they will support a new system that convincingly shows the way to fair and reasonable healthcare costs
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The hypocrisy of her critics on this issue is breathtaking. (Photo: @SamFathallah/Twitter) Juan Cole
Israel Lobbies Slam Ilhan Omar Even as They Try to Bankrupt Small Leftist Arkansas Paper Over Israel Boycott
The Israel lobbies that direct campaign money to representatives and senators insist that Israeli policy of imposing Jim Crow discrimination on Palestinians in the Occupied Territories never be criticized on the floor of Congress
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On March 14, 2017, Trump, along with Kushner, met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office.  (Photo: The White House/flickr) Chris Hedges
Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Strangelove
The thought of nuclear weapons being in the hands of psychopathic Salman is terrifying
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Twenty-first-century China has launched what could prove to be the greatest global infrastructure project of all time. (Photo: Getty) Tom Engelhardt
A Swiftian Modest Proposal for the President
Or how to solve the border and China problems in one swell foop
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At the same time, we begin to rewrite the tax code in favor of ordinary Americans, instead of large corporations and the wealthy. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
A Bold New Idea to Boost Wages
Enlarge and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former vice president Joe Biden. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Borosage
Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020
We need a true populist, someone who is able to detail how Trump has betrayed the very workers he claims to serve
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Norman Solomon
The Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC "Rigging"—It's Media Trashing
Often functioning as propaganda outlets, the major news media serve as an amplification system for corporate power
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Sunday, March 3, 2019
pence at past CPAC Harold Meyerson
Why the Republicans' New "Red Scare" Tactics Ring False
The public's idea of socialism has shifted over the last 70 years from one verging on totalitarianism to one far closer to European social democracy
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Betsy DeVos Steven Singer
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