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 Father Daniel Berrigan Sought to ‘Build a World Uncursed by War, Starvation, and Exploitation’

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:39
John Nichols

Father Daniel Berrigan, who has died at age 94, was a beautiful man with a beautiful vision that he made real by engaging in radical acts of conscience that sought not merely to end wars but to achieve the justice that has always been essential to peacemaking.

Time for Radical Action, Not National Therapy

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:34
Harvey Kaye

Now that Donald Trump has all but officially won the GOP presidential nomination, New York Times columnist David Brooks asks, “What are we supposed to do?”

Democracy Needs Transparency

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:26
Annie Leonard

I believe democracy needs transparency.

That’s why I was so excited when I heard that Greenpeace Netherlands was releasing to the public secret documents from the United States’ current trade negotiations with the European Union. The deal is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP for short) and once it’s agreed upon it will govern the U.S.-European economic relationship for years.

Writing as an Act of Generosity

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:39
Tom Engelhardt

Every now and then, I teach a class to young would-be journalists and one of the first things I talk about is why I consider writing an act of generosity. As they are usually just beginning to stretch their writerly wings, their task, as I see it, is to enter the world we’re already in (it’s generally the only place they can afford to go) and somehow decode it for us, make us see it in a new way. And who can deny that doing so is indeed an act of generosity?

Donald Trump Strikes Fear... Even in South Sudan

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:15
Nick Turse

LEER, South Sudan -- I’m sitting in the dark, sweating. The blinding white sun has long since set, but it’s still in the high 90s, which is a relief since it was above 110 earlier. Slumped in a blue plastic chair, I’m thinking back on the day, trying to process everything I saw, the people I spoke with: the woman whose home was burned down, the woman whose teenage daughter was shot and killed, the woman with 10 mouths to feed and no money, the glassy-eyed soldier with the AK-47.

This Fracking Setback Will Only Lead to More Victories

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:01
Wenonah Hauter

Colorado’s high court on Monday struck down the rights of Coloradans to enact local fracking bans. It’s no surprise, given the massive sway of the oil and gas industry in the state. The suit was brought against Longmont (which passed a popular fracking ban in 2012) by Governor John Hickenlooper and his industry cronies.

McDonald's, the Corporate Welfare Moocher

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 05:48
Jake Johnson

A recent New York Times editorial — accompanied by the catchy headline, "At McDonald’s, Fat Profits but Lean Wages" — noted precisely what its title implies: That a company posting large profits is still failing to pay its workers a livable wage.

Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking — It’s an Act of Political Resistance

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 05:31
Edward Snowden

"I've been waiting 40 years for someone like you.” Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year. Dan and I felt an immediate kinship; we both knew what it meant to risk so much — and to be irrevocably changed — by revealing secret truths.

The Third Way: Share-the-Gains Capitalism

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:20
Robert Reich

Marissa Mayer tells us a lot about why Americans are so angry, and why anti-establishment fury has become the biggest single force in American politics today.

Solitary Confinement is 'No Touch' Torture, and It Must Be Abolished

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:23
Chelsea Manning

Shortly after arriving at a makeshift military jail, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in May 2010, I was placed into the black hole of solitary confinement for the first time. Within two weeks, I was contemplating suicide.

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:36
Ellen Brown

Despite North Dakota’s collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota’s population, could do following that state’s lead.

Bernie, the Little Bird, and What May Be Our Last Best Chance to Get It Right

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 08:17
Tom Weis

Take heart, Sanders supporters. We’re down, but we’re not out.

Three Next Steps in the Political Revolution

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:30
Larry Cohen

Bernie Sanders will campaign all the way up to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia to seek the nomination—and to continue building the “political revolution.”

What is that political revolution, beyond his call to get the billionaires and corporations out and the people in?

"Those of us who are working day and night to elect Bernie Sanders president are determined to sustain this movement beyond the moment."

America, Unrepentant Still

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:15
Jeffrey D. Sachs

In its obituary coverage of Jesuit anti-war activist Father Daniel Berrigan, the New York Times recalled its story of Berrigan’s 80th birthday in 2001, entitled “A Jesuit Lion of Protest Turns 80, Unrepentant.” Why, the newspaper implied, had Berrigan not yet repented for his deeds, even at age 80? The implicit question was and is absurd.

Keeping Wall Street Speeches Secret Speaks Volumes About Hillary Clinton

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 06:53
Bill Blum

It’s been roughly three months since Hillary Clinton promised, during her Feb. 4 debate with Bernie Sanders on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, to “look into” releasing the transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street investment houses.

The Case for More Immigrants

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 06:47
Paul Buchheit

When refugees of a military or economic war swarm into a neighboring land, immigration is a problem: as in Lebanon, which took in a million Syrians terrorized by intervention (some of it ours), and then succumbed to the dangerous spread of poverty and unemployment by turning new immigrants away; and in the U.S., where the economic trade war called NAFTA caused displaced Mexican workers to seek simple survival across the border.

The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 06:33
Rev. John Dear

Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renown anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday.

He died of natural causes at the Jesuit infirmary at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. I had visited him just last week. He has long been in declining health.

Political Revolutionists: Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Have a Chance?

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 11:23
Donna Smith

As the presidential candidates for 2016 go kicking and sliding toward the final primaries -- and most especially into California, an increasing number of pundits with a knack for the writing and rewriting of history will offer their best guesses about Bernie’s next steps.  Many groups with thousands of Bernie volunteers will feel the pressure from those Bernie loyalists to never give up or give in.  And many thousands more are also clamoring now about how they might be able to influence those next steps.

The Little-Known Farmworkers Who Sparked the Biggest Labor Movement in U.S. History

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 08:32
Alexa Strabuk

On a dusty Thursday evening, a couple hundred yards across the railroad tracks from old town Delano, California, Roger Gadiano ambles out of his one-story house to conduct his usual tour.

The gray-haired Filipino man grew up in Delano and can tell you not only his own story but also the story of a small, seemingly prosaic agricultural town. He hops into his aging pickup and points out passing landmarks that any outsider might consider bleak and forgotten: a rundown grocery store, a vacant lot, the second story of an old motel.

Escalating U.S. Air Strikes Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul, Iraq

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 08:13
Nicolas J S Davies

USA Today revealed on April 19th that U.S. air forces have been operating under looser rules of engagement in Iraq and Syria since last fall.  The war commander, Lt Gen McFarland, now orders air strikes that are expected to kill up to 10 civilians without prior approval from U.S. Central Command, and U.S. officials acknowledge that air strikes are killing more civilians under the new rules.