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Ticking Closer to Nuclear Midnight

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 05:49
Jonathan Marshall

Even if you’ve never won an office raffle, a sports pool or a lottery, consider yourself supremely lucky. Unlike the atomic bomb victims who were recognized by President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, you’ve never experienced the horrors of nuclear war.

In Memory of Michael Mariotte—Activist, Journalist, Musician

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:52
Lawrence Reichard

Long-time anti-nuclear activist, journalist and punk rock drummer Michael Mariotte died May 16 at the age of 63 in his home in Kensington, Md., after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Mariotte was executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) in Takoma Park, Md., for 27 years.  Under Mariotte's leadership NIRS became a key information resource for anti-nuclear activists around the world.  

Sanders Has Always Wanted to Debate Trump—or Any Other Representative of the ‘Billionaire Class’

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:48
John Nichols

Bernie Sanders relishes ripping on Donald Trump, describing the billionaire as “someone who must never become president of this country.”

No surprise there.

Trump on Immigrants and Health Care Costs: Just Plain Wrong

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:34
Leah Zallman, Steffie Woolhandler

Throughout the primary season, leading Republican presidential candidates vied over who could bash immigrants the hardest. And they were promising more than border walls. Donald Trump is the most extreme immigrant-blamer; according to his website, “Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually.

Clinton Clinches Democratic Nomination

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:57
Seth Abramson

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has revealed that the major television networks plan to call the Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton during the day on June 7th — hours prior to the close of polls in California — on the grounds that Clinton has “clinched” the nomination as soon as she crosses the 2,383-delegate threshold via both pledged delegates (who are already committed to

The ‘Woman Card’ Brings a Wealth of Disadvantages

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:44
Sonali Kolhatkar

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote …” Donald Trump asserted back in April, adding: “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

Sadly, his remark did not only reflect his own sexist views. Apparently, there are plenty of Americans who believe that womanhood is an advantage when it comes to running for the highest office in the country.

In Nine Democratic Debates, Not a Single Question About Poverty

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 08:24
Adam Johnson

Over 45 million Americans live in poverty—but you wouldn’t think potential leaders of the country are expected to know or care anything about this, listening to the questions asked by the elite journalists who moderated the Democratic debates this primary season.

Advice for Divided Democrats (Please Note: You Probably Won't Like It)

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 08:16
Robert Reich

With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have suggestions for both Clinton and Sanders supporters that neither will like.

First, my advice to Clinton supporters: Don’t try to drum Bernie Sanders out of the race before Hillary Clinton officially gets the nomination (if she in fact does get it).  

Some of you say Bernie should bow out because he has no chance of getting the nomination, and his continuing candidacy is harming Hillary Clinton’s chances.

The Brazilian Coup and Washington’s “Rollback” in Latin America

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:08
Mark Weisbrot

It is clear that the executive branch of the U.S. government favors the coup underway in Brazil, even though they have been careful to avoid any explicit endorsement of it. Exhibit A was the meeting between Tom Shannon, the 3rd ranking U.S. State Department official and the one who is almost certainly in charge of handling this situation, with Senator Aloysio Nunes, one of the leaders of the impeachment in the Brazilian Senate, on April 20.

The Arrogant Ignorance of Campbell Brown: Education Journalism in Decline

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:09
Steven Singer

Apparently facts don’t matter much to Campbell Brown.

Though her latest “fact” about public schools has once again been shown to be more truthiness than truth, she refuses to retract it.

On President Obama’s Hiroshima Visit

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:58
Robert Dodge

President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima since the bombing 71 years ago in 1945.

Japan seeks not an apology or reparation but an awareness and intimate connection to the common humanity we all share and that is at once threatened by the continued existence of nuclear weapons.

Any nation that continues to keep these weapons is not more secure or powerful but rather a bully ready to threaten others and indeed themselves.

"In Hiroshima, we don’t need another speech. We need a new nuclear weapons policy."

Defending Israel’s Attacks on Civilians—A Harbinger for Clinton’s Presidency?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:31
Stephen Zunes

A fight is brewing as Democrats prepare to debate U.S. policy on Israel at their national convention in July. Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the platform committee Cornel West and James Zogby plan to challenge the party establishment’s uncritical support for an increasingly aggressive, right wing Israeli government.

Your Vote at the EU Referendum Will Determine Our Future

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:22
Bianca Jagger

Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation — for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism, its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of ground-breaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service... I could go on.

All the Presumptive Nominee’s Men

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 13:25
Michael Winship

Right after Barack Obama’s election in 2008, I flew off to Australia and New Zealand to attend a conference and take some vacation time. At the end of the long flight, when I got to Sydney, I picked up one of the local newspapers and read that the president-elect had chosen Rahm Emanuel, poster boy for corporate Democrats and the status quo, to be his chief of staff.

Climate Action is Needed Whether Exxon Likes it or Not.

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:54
Annie Leonard, May Boeve

Last week, we were among a handful of organizations who received a letter signed by 13 members of Congress claiming that we may be violating Exxon’s right to free speech. They’re requesting that we divulge any communication we may have had with state officials and many private organizations with regard to looking into what Exxon knew about climate change and when. At face value this request is a threat to constitutional rights.

Hope and Burnout in the Anthropocene

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:12
Forrest Watkins

Between May 3 and May 16, thousands of people gathered in 20 acts of civil disobedience spanning 6 continents, to protest society’s continued reliance on fossil fuels. Dubbing their collective action “Break Free 2016,” they placed themselves in the paths of oil trains, coal ships and mining equipment, in an effort to convince those in power of the urgency of action on climate change.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Takes High-School Detention to a New Level

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:53
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

Thursday, Jan. 28, was a cold morning in Durham, North Carolina. Wildin David Guillen Acosta went outside to head to school, but never made it. He was thrown to the ground and arrested by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He has been in detention ever since. Wildin, now 19 years old, fled his home in Olancho, Honduras more than two years ago. He was detained when crossing the border, but, as he was a minor at the time, he was allowed to join his family in North Carolina. He started out at Riverside High School, and was set to graduate this June.

Clinton’s Imperious Brush-off of Email Rules

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:41
Ray McGovern

State Department functionaries faced a hopeless task as they tried to spin their own Inspector General’s matter-of-fact critique of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s imperial attitude toward basic security measures everyone else is required by law to follow.

The New York Times’s (and Clinton Campaign’s) Abject Cowardice on Israel

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:22
Glenn Greenwald

In January, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon delivered a speech to the Security Council about, as he put it, violence “in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory,” noting that “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation” and that “it is human nature to react to occupation.” His use of the word “occupation” was not remotely controversial because multiple U.N.

Oil World in Chaos and the Desperate Plight of the Petro-States

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:22
Michael T. Klare

Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels. Unlike other countries, which largely finance their governments through taxation, petro-states rely on their oil and natural gas revenues.