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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Kevin Gosztola
‘Democracy Is Messy’: Sanders Changes Tune On Protest At Democratic Convention
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a speech, which marked the end of the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It partly repeated statements made...
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Dahleen Glanton
DNC Betrayed Bernie Sanders and the Rest of America
Bernie Sanders' supporters have a right to be angry. The leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee apparently confirmed what they have said all along — that the political system was rigged...
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Paul Buchheit
Deterrents to Terror that Very Rich People Can't Comprehend
As people gain in wealth, they depend less on others, and thus they have less reason to understand the feelings and needs of the less fortunate. That makes it difficult to relate to people without...
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Dave Johnson
What to Make of VP Pick Tim Kaine's Reversal on TPP
In a representative democracy, the idea is that the representatives should support the preferences of their constituencies. This is what is happening with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hillary...
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William Hartung
There’s No Business Like the Arms Business
When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year , you’d expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. It’s good for one or two stories a year in the...
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Claudia Fegan
Why the Demand for ‘Medicare for All’ Won’t Go Away
As the chief medical officer of Chicago’s historic public hospital, I confront on a daily basis the reality of our country’s failure to provide universal access to health care: the steady flow of...
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Peter Bloom
Fighting the Liberal Reaction
If the first half of 2016 represented a new hope for progressive politics, in the second half the establishment is striking back. Within the same week, Bernie Sanders publicly endorsed Hillary...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
Hope about American politics is hard to come by. Disapproval ratings of both major-party candidates are higher than we’ve seen in decades. Millions are livid about Trump’s lies and let down by...
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Monday, July 25, 2016
James Zogby
Israel/Palestine: Bad Policy, Bad Politics
To understand why the United States fails so miserably in efforts to achieve an Israeli/Palestinian peace, all you need to do is take a look at the mix of bad policy and bad politics found in the...
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John Light
Will Bernie Sanders’ Political Movement Have Life Beyond the DNC?
Along with the Democratic party officials, delegates, lobbyists and members of the media who flocked to Philadelphia this weekend came tens of thousands of activists — a number that will likely...
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Emma Pike
As DNC Delegates Gather in the ‘Birthplace of Democracy’, Local Communities Fight for their Right to Breathe
From July 25th-29th 2016 , South Philadelphia will be home to the Democratic National Convention. The DNC’s location this year will no doubt be repeatedly referenced by delegates and reporters from...
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Peter Van Buren
Defeating Islamic Terrorism. Here’s How…
As terrorism struck again in Nice and Germany and… Donald Trump outlined his policy against Islamic State: as president, he will seek a full declaration of war from Congress, the first such formal...
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Nikil Saval
Who's Paying for the Democratic Convention?
Philadelphia is gearing up for the Democratic National Convention with its signature brand of bad taste. Everywhere I look, from the doorstep of the brownstone-and-brick Union League on Broad Street...
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Kenneth Peres
Would Lincoln Have Attended the 2016 Republican Convention?
I recently met President Abe Lincoln in Washington DC during the 152 nd anniversary celebration of the Battle of Fort Stevens. I didn’t expect to see him – but there he was, dressed in his famous...
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Jake Johnson
In the Face of Trump, the Democratic Party Is Revealing Its Own Ideological Bankruptcy
As Donald Trump took the stage inside the lavishly decorated Quicken Loans Arena last week, much of the focus of major media outlets was on the crumbling Republican Party, a party that, we are told,...
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Tom Engelhardt
Crimes Against the Future and the World After Me
I recently dug my mother’s childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet. When I opened it, I found that the glue she had used as a girl to paste her life in place had given way, and...
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Adam Johnson
With DNC Leaks, Former ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Is Now True—and No Big Deal
For months, Bernie Sanders supporters and surrogates have complained about unfair treatment from the Democratic National Committee—only to have these concerns dismissed by media observers as...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Marjorie Cohn
Killing with Robots Increases Militarization of Police
As in many cities around the country, Black Lives Matter held a demonstration in Dallas to protest the police shootings of two more black men, Alton Sterling of Louisiana and Philando Castile of...
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Roger Bybee
Clinton's VP Pick Fails to Inspire Progressives
For a candidate who must persuade American voters that she is fully committed to fully addressing the precarious economic position of tens of millions of Americans, Hillary Clinton’s “safe” choice of...
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Jonathan Marshall
Afghanistan: President Obama’s Vietnam
Historians still debate whether President John F. Kennedy would have withdrawn U.S. troops from Vietnam had he lived to win re-election in 1964. Since President Barack Obama recently announced his...
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Christopher Brauchli
Voting in Kansas
As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? — Attributed to William Marcy Tweed Kansas is back in the news, and the purpose of this column is to reassure Kansans that although he...
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Mark Trahant
Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry?
I recently drove across the West, mostly on two-lane roads and through towns where campaign signs aren’t about a candidate but a mineral. “Coal Keeps The Lights On,” says a sign repeated throughout...
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William K. Black
Hillary-Kaine: Back to the Center
By picking Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has revealed her true preferences and shown that her move to the left on policy issues during the primaries was simply a tactical move to defeat Bernie...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Donald Trump’s Strategy for Victory Is Clear, but Are Democrats Able to See It?
There is an adage, based on Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”: “Know your enemy.” After watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I wonder just how well Democrats...
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Mark Schlosberg
The Clean Energy Revolution Starts Now
On Sunday — the day before the Democratic National Convention begins — activists from across the country will converge on Philadelphia for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. We’re going to call...
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Robert Reich
Does Hillary Get It?
Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment? I worry she doesn’t...
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Michael Moore
5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win
Friends: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more...
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Alan Minsky
Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States
This is madness. Fully predictable madness. One archetype of the American experience is now realized. We’ve always had our carnival hucksters and itinerant preachers and snake oil thieves. P.T...
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Alicia Shepard
In Reality, This Was a Media Convention
More than 15,000 journalists descended on Cleveland to cover the Republican National Convention. But it was an unemployed TV reporter sitting in a Starbucks in Los Angeles, 2,345 miles away, who...
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Adil E. Shamoo
The Right Way to Defeat Terrorism
The recent attacks on Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are just the most recent examples of the horrific terrorist acts taking place around the world. The Islamic State’s recent bombing in...
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Adam Johnson
US Media Find European Terror Deaths 19 Times More Interesting Than Mideast Terror Deaths
A survey conducted by FAIR of US media coverage of ISIS or ISIS-inspired attacks in Europe and the Middle East reveals a disparity of coverage, showing that European deaths are roughly 1,800 percent...
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John Nichols
Tim Kaine Has a Troubling Record on Labor Issues
T he Democratic Party platform that delegates are expected to approve at next week’s convention in Philadelphia absolutely endorses labor rights—spelling out clear support for union organizing and...
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John Atcheson
Clinton's F-You to Progressives: This is How Trump Could Become President
Here’s what Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine as her VP tells us: She suffers from a possibly fatal mix of arrogance and political cluelessness that may well hand the election to Trump; She is...
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Friday, July 22, 2016
George Lakoff
Understanding Trump
There is a lot being written spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Donald Trump’s Dark and Scary Night
The GOP’s new big dog blew the whistle Thursday night for nearly an hour and a half and it was loud and shrill enough to reach the ears of every angry, resentful, disaffected white American. The tone...
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Diane Ravitch
He Loves Us... Unless We Don’t Love Him
I watched the Republican convention last night. Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was light-hearted, loves her father, and gave a good introduction to a man whom few know well. Watching Trump give his...
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Tamara Draut
The Lopsided Political Dialogue With the Working Class
Thursday night, Trump spent considerable air time speaking (more like yelling) about how America’s steel and coal workers have been ignored and sold-out for decades by both political parties. He...
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Astra Taylor
Want Police Reform? Charge Rich People More for Speeding Tickets
Soon after the horrific video of Minneapolis-St Paul resident Philando Castile being killed by a cop during a routine traffic stop was broadcast live over Facebook, evidence of just how “routine” the...
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Akshat Tewary
From Occupy Protests to the Platforms
At Occupy Wall Street rallies in New York’s Zuccotti Park back in September 2011, Akshat Tewary noticed that many protesters were calling for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, the...
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Richard Eskow
Trump’s Terrifying Pitch: It Was Better Than You Think
The Gettysburg address, it wasn’t. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that’s not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers...
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Peter Bloom
Selling Out Democracy: Trump’s Dangerous Market Politics
Defying almost all political predictions, Donald Trump has officially become the Republican nominee for President. His acceptance speech was filled with the type of empty promises and trademark...
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Jon Schwarz
Donald Trump’s Convention Speech Rings Terrifying Historical Alarm Bells
Donald Trump's speech accepting the Republican nomination for president will probably go down as one of the most frightening pieces of political rhetoric in U.S. history. Even for people who believe...
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John Nichols
If Trump’s Speech Sounded Familiar, That’s Because Nixon Gave It First
Cleveland — Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president on a Thursday night in the long hot summer of 2016 with a speech that signaled his determination to exploit fears of violence...
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Jeff Bryant
If Democrats Think Mike Pence Is An Extremist, Will They Stop Supporting His Education Policies?
Soon after the announcement that Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be the vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party, word came from Democrats that he was an extremist – and not just your...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Terror, Tennis Balls, and Tamir Rice
CLEVELAND—Welcome to Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention (RNC) is underway. The RNC is a highly scripted, elaborately staged and lavishly publicly funded private party. Here,...
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Ramzy Baroud
From Nice to the Middle East: Only One Way to Challenge ISIS
I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training...
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Cassady Sharp
Never Mind the RNC — This Is What Voters Care About This Election
This election cycle has been a wild ride so far, and we still have several months before we actually cast a vote for our next president. Candidates come and go, but it’s the issues that remain. As...
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John Feffer
The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups
News of the military coup in Turkey was dribbling in on Saturday afternoon when I was having lunch with a group of six friends in West Virginia. Suddenly, one person looked up from her salad and said...
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Bill Scher
This Is What a Broken Party Looks Like
America saw a divided party Wednesday night, though what it was divided over wasn’t evident if you haven’t been paying close attention. What everyone saw was Ted Cruz humiliating the Republican Party...
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Brian McDermott
A Climate Change Op-Ed the Wall Street Journal Simply Doesn't Need
CD editor's note : The following op-ed was submitted to the Wall Street Journal editorial department for publication but was politely rejected because it did not meet the "present needs" of the...
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Michael Winship
The Get-Off-My-Lawn Party Meets in Cleveland
Oh dear. Watching C-SPAN and waiting for Tuesday’s roll call confirming Donald Trump’s nomination to begin, the house band there in the hall, led by GE Smith, formerly of Saturday Night Live , played...
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Jake Johnson
John Dewey Was Right: American Politics Is Merely the Shadow Cast by Big Business
Writing in the midst of the Great Depression, the American philosopher John Dewey understood deeply the need for a new political order. The destitution brought about by the crash of 1929 and the...
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Kevin Gosztola
RNC Protests Dissatisfy Reporters Who Anticipated Trump-Stoked Violence
Reporters and police grossly outnumber protesters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and reporters are hungry for some kind of spectacle to break out so they can justify their...
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Adam Johnson
US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines in Major US Papers
A coalition airstrike reported on Tuesday that killed at least 85 civilians—one more than died in the Nice attack in France last week—wasn’t featured at all on the front pages of two of the top US...
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Robert C. Koehler
Volatile America
In a flash I thought, oh God, the civil war has started. Then the headlines shifted and, for the moment, “normalcy” returned. It’s a Trump-sated normalcy that’s anything but, of course, and the most...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
John R. MacArthur
What Donald Trump Doesn’t Get about "Free Trade"
As Donald Trump prepares to accept the Republican nomination for President Thursday night, he carries with him a record of verbal violence so extreme that it supposedly has placed him beyond the pale...
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Dave Johnson
Republicans Want To “Make America Work Again”? That Would Be Real Change
Tuesday was “Make America Work Again” day at the Republican National Convention. But this day wasn’t about making America work again for working people. This was, as always with conservatives, all...
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Marge Baker
Trump Isn’t the Only Republican with a Woman Problem
Long before he set his sights on the White House, Donald Trump was showing his misogynistic colors. He became notorious for using the press and social media to publicly attack women, calling them “...
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Dean Baker
Paul Ryan's Calls for Eliminating Almost the Entire Federal Government
No, that is not some new concession that the Speaker made to appease Donald Trump, this is his budget wonkiness. According to the analysis of Ryan's budget by the Congressional Budget Office, he...
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Mark Weisbrot
Brazilian Prosecutor Finds No Crime Committed by Dilma: Will the Law Count for Anything in Brazil?
An immense effort was made to remove Bill Clinton from the presidency in the late 1990s, culminating in the first impeachment trial of a US president in 131 years. Intimate details of his affair with...
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Richard Eskow
Clinton Must Go Bold – and Go Left – For VP
Word is that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday , and rumors that she’s going with a “safe” pick should worry Democrats. In this...
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Jonathan Cook
Trump U-Turn on Israel Confirms Unified Disdain for Palestinian Hopes
The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn’t get seamier than the battle...
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Jim Hightower
What's Next for the Bernie Sanders Revolution?
As we approach the upcoming Democratic convention, let's look back at the race... and forward to the future. The mainstream media tried to reduce the two Democratic campaigns as a Hillary v. Bernie...
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Sherry Linkon, John Russo
What We Can Learn From Melania Trump’s, Um, Flattery of Michelle Obama
In all the uproar about Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention speech — a gaffe worthy of note, of course — we should not ignore the ideals both women touted: work...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Jeffrey C. Isaac
Why Melania Trump’s Plagiarism Matters
Two paragraphs from Melania Trump’s speech last night before the Republican National Convention were almost word for word the same as two paragraphs from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. This is a fact...
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Adam Hochschild
Letting Tarzan Swing Through History
Some time ago I wrote a book about one of the great crimes of the last 150 years: the conquest and exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium. When King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed...
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Donna Smith
Progressive Strides Undone If Hickenlooper Chosen as HRC Running Mate
As we approach Friday’s announcement by the Hillary Clinton camp of their selection of running mates, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is apparently one of the people who has been under...
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Tomas Lopez , Kwame Akosah
Keep Politics Out of Virginia Voting Rights Restoration
Today, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments in a suit challenging Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) April order that restored voting rights to 200,000 Virginians with past felony convictions...
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Russell Greene
Beyond Paris: Finding the Courage to Face the Climate Emergency
Last weekend in Orlando the platform committee of the Democratic Party added language into their platform acknowledging the official position of the Democratic Party to be that we are in a global...
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Bill Bigelow
Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching 'Climate Justice'
In May, the Portland, Oregon school board passed the country’s first comprehensive “climate justice” resolution. The school board voted unanimously to “abandon the use of any adopted text material...
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Stephen Zunes
The Good News and the Bad News About Turkey’s Attempted Coup
The survival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Welfare Party of an attempted coup last week is a mixed blessing. Despite the ultra-conservative policies and...
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John Nichols
Donald Trump Will Lead a Theocratic Party Into the Election
Cleveland — Before the Republican National Convention approved what right-wing delegates described as “the most conservative platform in modern history” on Monday, platform-committee co-chair...
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Terrance Heath
What Rudy Giuliani Did For New York Would Make America More Unsafe
What Rudy Giuliani did for New York City as its former mayor, and what Donald Trump promises to do for America, will only make things more dangerous for Americans — both for the police, and for those...
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Sandra Steingraber
53 Arrested Protesting Gas Storage Near Seneca Lake
"We are ALL Seneca Lake" was the message delivered this morning by prominent environmental leaders Wes Gillingham, program director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, David Braun, co-founder of Americans...
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Paul Pillar
Turkey’s Faltering Democracy
Before this week it had come to be broadly accepted conventional wisdom that the days of Turkish military coups were over. After a post-World War II history in which the military had taken over the...
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Juan Cole
Rep. Stephen King, White People and ‘Civilization’
Rep. Stephen King objected to a comment during a cable news discussion at MSNBC that this will be the last election dominated by old white people. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) offered an unusual defense...
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Peter Van Buren
At Cleveland Repub Convention, ‘First Amendment Zones’ Will Detain Protesters Far Away From Trump
Once upon a time, all of America was a First Amendment Zone. That’s now as dead as Alexander Hamilton. The city of Cleveland revealed part of its security plan for the Nuremberg rally Republican...
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Rachel Sider
Iraq Must Not Be Forgotten: The Humanitarian Crisis Worsens
As ISIS continues to have devastating effects on Iraq, the country is facing some of the most profound challenges it has seen in the last decade. Rachel Sider, Humanitarian Policy Advisor, comments...
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Bill C. Davis
Call Him Out. Call Him Out.
The warning is out after today that both sides need to cool their rhetoric. But is it comparable? Trump is the one who believes guns are the answer. A good man with a gun would have solved Paris and...
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Richard Eskow
Trump 2016: The Three Shadows Haunting Cleveland
When Donald Trump’s Republican Party convenes in Cleveland, three shadows will haunt the arena. They won’t talk about these shadows on television, but if you look closely you’re sure to see them. The...
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Sarah Cate
Beyond Panic and Punishment: Brock Turner and the Left Response to Sexual Violence
The Brock Turner case has reminded us of the bitter truth of the adage that in America it is better to be guilty and rich than to be innocent and poor. In early June, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced...
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Umut Özkirimli
Very Turkish Abduction from the Seraglio and Crocodile Tears of the ‘West’
The whole experience was psychedelic, even for seasoned observers of Turkish politics, most of whom were first-hand witnesses or indeed victims of the periodic interventions of the “guardians of the...
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David Schwenk
Rediscovering the Art of Democracy
Seeking to provide citizens a voice where our political parties fail, the People's Peace and Justice Convention convened over the weekend in Cleveland to create a people's platform ahead of the...
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Tom Engelhardt
America’s Wars Come to "the Homeland"
Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black sharpshooter in Dallas, one American...
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Paul Buchheit
Five Conspirators in the Eradication of the Middle Class
Their unspoken goal is a two-class nation, with a heavily armed security force to quell resistance from the more outspoken members of the lower class. It may be somewhat of an unwitting goal, since...
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Jake Johnson
The Millennial Revolt Against Neoliberalism
We have been told a story about the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, a story perpetuated almost exclusively by centrist Democrats vehemently opposed to his progressive agenda. This...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary’s VP Choice Will Show If “Unity” Talk Is Just Hot Air
When he introduced Christian conservative Mike Pence as his running-mate on Saturday , Donald Trump made a point of acknowledging that “party unity” was a reason for his choice. Pence, who’d endorsed...
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Rebecca Gordon
How Extrajudicial Executions Became "War" Policy in Washington
Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It's a shiny video game for...
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Jim Naureckas
A Mass Murderer Becomes a ‘Terrorist’–Based on Ethnicity, Not Evidence
The New York Times ( 7/15/16 ), writing about the man who reportedly killed 84 people in a truck attack in Nice, France, provided no evidence that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was motivated by either...
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Ayşe Kadıoğlu
Coup d'état Attempt: Turkey's Reichstag Fire?
On the evening of July 15, 2016, a friend called around 10:30pm and said that both bridges connecting the Asian and European sides of Istanbul were closed by military barricades. Moreover, military...
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Kristen Breitweiser
The Long-Hidden Saudi-9/11 Trail
First and foremost, here is what you need to know when you hear any member of our government say the newly released 29-page chapter from the congressional 9/11 report contains no smoking gun — THEY...
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Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
Police Already Have Broad Powers to Detain Us; and the Supreme Court Gave Them Even More
I don't want to end up like Alton Sterling. Or Philando Castile. Or Eric Garner. Or Freddie Gray. Or Amadou Diallo. I don’t want to end up dead after a police stop, probably based on wrongful...
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César Chelala
Military Regimes Shouldn't Be Recognized
The military upheaval in Turkey, whose final consequences are yet to be seen, highlights a major weakness in worldwide efforts to promote democracy. This event underscores the need to establish...
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Gwynne Dyer
Turkey's Attempted Coup
Turkey's democracy is dead. It was dying anyway, as President Recep Tayyib Erdogan took over media outlets, arrested political opponents and journalists, and even re-started a war with the Kurds last...
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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Vandana Shiva
Avoid 'Miracle' Rice, Just Eat a Carrot!
Golden rice is a false miracle. It is a disease of nutritionally empty monocultures offered as a cure for nutritional deficiency. In fact, golden rice, if successful, will be 400% less efficient in...
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David Morris
How to Make a Political Revolution
On June 14th, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government's decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was a result of a political revolution that occurred...
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David Korten
"Free" Trade? Fraud Alert
It is rare these days to hear the words "market" and "trade" without the word "free" attached—especially on corporate media. I even hear colleagues who are pursuing a more localized economy use these...
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Sam Pizzigati
Big Headlines for a Tiny Wage Hike
Lloyd Blankfein, one of America’s most powerful bankers, a few years ago told a reporter that his Goldman Sachs financial colossus was doing “God’s work.” That off-hand comment would provoke an...
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Celebrating Common Sense?
Last week, there was a bit of good news on the trade front: on July 8, tobacco giant Philip Morris lost its ridiculous case against Uruguay’s cigarette labeling laws. In 2010, the multinational...
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Darrah Hall
Before They Were Hashtags
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile lost their lives to police brutality last week. While their deaths fit an all too familiar narrative for black men and women living in America, what we haven’t...
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