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Faced With Massive Opposition to Dakota Access, Banks Could Still Pull Out

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:49
Bill McKibben

Most Americans live far from the path of the Dakota Access pipeline—they won’t be able to visit the encampments on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation where representatives of more than 200 tribes have come together in the most dramatic show of force of this environmental moment. They won’t be able to participate in the daily nonviolent battle along the Missouri River against a $3.7 billion infrastructure project that threatens precious water and myriad sacred sites, not to mention the planet’s unraveling climate.

Dakota Access Blackout Continues on ABC, NBC News

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:20
Jim Naureckas

The Sacred Stone Camp established by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has brought together thousands of demonstrators in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile conduit designed to carry some 200 million barrels of crude oil per year from fracking fields in North Dakota to Southern Illinois.

Trump’s Agenda: A Recipe for Civil Unrest

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:16
Gabrielle Gurley

Donald Trump finally got around to demonizing African Americans. The only surprise is how long he took to get there. Early in the campaign season, he raged about Muslims and demanded they be barred from entering the country. He labeled Mexican immigrants “rapists.” He has insisted that a wall, built by the United States, paid for by Mexico, must rise along the southern border. But he held off on making broad, baseless generalizations about black people.

Facebook Disables Accounts of Palestinian Editors

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:30
Ali Abunimah

Editors at two of the most widely read Palestinian online publications have had their Facebook accounts disabled.

Administrators for the Facebook pages of Quds, which has more than five million “likes,” and Shehab News Agency, which has more than six million, found they could not access their accounts on Friday.

How the Pentagon Sank the US-Russia Deal in Syria – and the Ceasefire

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:21
Gareth Porter

Another US-Russian Syria ceasefire deal has been blown up.

Whether it could have survived even with a US-Russian accord is open to doubt, given the incentives for al-Qaeda and its allies to destroy it. But the politics of the US-Russian relationship played a central role in the denouement of the second ceasefire agreement.

Charlotte Shooting Shows Why Video Transparency Is Vital

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:06
Jay Stanley

The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday is a case study in why it’s important for police departments to have good policies surrounding body cameras—in particular around the release of video to the public.

How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 07:47
Harvey Wasserman

Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here’s why they are dead wrong.

Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 07:36
Chuck Collins

There are many theories and explanations for the rise of Donald Trump and the current incarnation of white right-wing populism.

A deeper understanding—and an invitation to scale the “empathy wall”—comes from veteran sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild in her new book, Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.  The book is, as its second subtitle suggests, “A Journey to the Heart of Our Political Divide.”

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (Donald Trump)

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 07:05
Christian Christensen

If there is one thing that the Trump phenomenon has taught us, it is that, for Trump, it is not easy being white in America. Being white means never-ending guard duty, defending the country against those who would seek to rip apart the bleached fabric of American society.

When Will Black Lives Finally Matter To Donald Trump?

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:22
Terrance Heath

For all his bloviating about “law and order,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has yet to express any serious outrage over police killings of unarmed African-Americans. Will he now, after two more police-involved shootings of black men in the past week?

Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:05
David KortenThe recent 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers was a reminder of the terrible consequences when a nation ignores the lessons of history—including its own recent history. The U.S.

Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:00
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

The MS St. Louis was a German passenger ship whose most famous voyage, in the spring of 1939, became known as “The Voyage of the Damned.” On that trip, 908 German Jewish refugees were headed to Cuba, fleeing the Nazis, but only 22 of the Jewish passengers were allowed to disembark. Aid organizations pleaded with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the government of Canada to accept the refugees. They were snubbed, and the vessel headed back to Europe. Hundreds of the repatriated refugees would die in the Holocaust. The refusal of the U.S.

Dangerous Denial of Global Warming

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:55
Jonathan Marshall

President Obama calls it “terrifying” and the greatest long-term threat facing the world. Three hundred seventy-five of the world’s top experts just warned of “severe and long-lasting consequences” for the planet if America’s next president drops the ball.

You Must Be Kidding! On War, Peace, and Absurdity

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:57
Tom Engelhardt

Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace roadblocks, at which point she always says...

Opposition to the Canada-EU Trade Deal Has Reached a Tipping Point

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:42
Nick Dearden

It's been a bad week for the Canada-EU trade deal known as CETA. In Germany, over 300,000 protestors marched against the deal on Saturday – and they were joined by demonstrators in cities across Europe and Canada. Warfare has broken out in Germany's main centre-left party, the SPD, where the grassroots are attempting to force the party leadership to take a position against the deal.

Stop the Killing

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 05:54
Robert C. Koehler

Maybe half a million dead, half a country — 10 million people — displaced from their homes, jettisoned onto the mercy of the world.

Welcome to war. Welcome to Syria.

This is a conflict apparently too complex to understand. The U.S. brokered a ceasefire with Russia, then proceeded to lead a bombing strike that killed 62 Syrian troops, injured another hundred — and gave tactical aid to ISIS. Later it apologized . . . uh, sort of.

Eugene V. Debs and the Urgent Need for a New Anti-War Movement

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 05:46
Jake Johnson

Eugene Debs became a socialist in prison.

Media Ask Which Candidate Can Better Exploit Our Irrational Fear of Terrorism

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:00
Adam Johnson

The media’s tendency to focus on horserace issues—who’s up and who’s down, what the cosmetics are of an event rather than the substance—is routinely derided by media critics, and mocking it has become something of an election year tradition. But one 2016 topic in particular, terrorism, has become the hot horserace topic of the year in a way that goes beyond the silly to the potentially damaging:

After Grassroots Activists Expose Scam, Elizabeth Warren Tells ‘Gutless” CEO John Stumpf to Resign

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:36
Peter Dreier

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was on the hot seat Tuesday when he faced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other angry lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing designed to investigate the bank’s widespread rip-off of its customers.

Warren told Stumpf, who earns $19 million a year: “You should resign...You should be criminally investigated.”

Justice for Berta: Honduran Women Activists Launch Land Rights Campaign

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:43
Vicki Gass

“The very investigations conducted by the Public Prosecutor’s office have confirmed the direct involvement of the DESA Company in the assassination of my daughter… it is not possible that their license for [natural resource] exploitation remains active.  We demand that the National Congress cancel the license!”

So declared Austraberta Flores, courageous mother of slain activist Berta Cáceres, at the public launch of the campaign “Defensoras de la Madre Tierra” (Women Defenders of Mother Earth) on September 6, 2016 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.