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Thank You Obama for Your Mosque Speech

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:03
Mehdi Hasan

It only took him seven years. But maybe it was worth the wait. 

Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I’m a Progressive Who Gets Things Done"

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:57
Jeff Cohen

In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself “a progressive who gets things done.” I had to laugh. And it wasn’t just because former President Bill Clinton – the centrist Triangulator-in-Chief – was standing behind her, beaming and clapping.

"Like her husband, Hillary can come off as either centrist or progressive depending on the audience. And depending on the season – left-leaning during primary election season, and corporate centrist in office."

How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:35
Aviva Chomsky

In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world of the Internet is replacing the “real,” material world, as theory asks us to question the very notion of reality.  Yet that virtual world turns out to rely heavily on some distinctly old systems and realities, including the physical labor of those who produce, care for, and provide the goods and services for the post-industrial information economy. 

Carbon Tax: The Low Oil Price Opportunity

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:21
Richard Heinberg

Carbon taxes constitute a widely discussed policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing humanity’s headlong rush toward catastrophic climate change. Taxing energy from fossil fuels makes that energy more expensive, thereby making renewable energy comparatively cheaper.

Sanders Vows To Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:57
Dave Johnson

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free-trade” agreement was signed in New Zealand by representatives of the 12 participating countries, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly voiced his opposition and committed to doing what he can to kill the deal if he is elected president.

Rival Hillary Clinton has also stated opposition to the TPP, but will she also vow to kill it if elected?

Sanders Vows To Kill TPP

The Candidate Our Foreign Policy Deserves

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:39
John Feffer

It’s often said that, in democracies, we get the leaders that we deserve. In the current slugfest masquerading as a presidential race, it looks as though we’re getting the leader that our foreign policy deserves. The results of the first round of the 2016 presidential election in Iowa, with narrow victories by Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton, only underscores this point.

Let me explain.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Liberty

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:57
David Cay Johnston

Economic theory holds that removing trade barriers among nations should increase global wealth. But the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Congress must soon give a straight up-or-down vote threatens our liberties as Americans and is likely to add almost nothing to U.S. economic growth.

I have been a longtime critic of the agreement, especially since WikiLeaks obtained a draft of its intellectual property provisions, showed a clear bias in favor of corporations.

Europe is Disintegrating While Its Citizens Watch Indifferent

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:33
Roberto Savio

We are witnessing the slow agony of the dream of European integration, disintegrating without a single demonstration occuring anywhere, among its 500 millions of citizens. It is clear that European institutions are in an existential crisis but the debate is only at intergovernmental level.

Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:28
Sonali Kolhatkar

The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that but also realize that the elections are only a small part of a progressive movement.


The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:20
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

Less than one month after the attacks of Sept. 11, a senior FBI official, Ronald Dick, told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Due to the vital importance of water to all life forms ... the FBI considers all threats to attack the water supply as serious threats.” In 2003, a UPI article reported that an al-Qaida operative “(does not rule out) using Sarin gas and poisoning drinking water in U.S. and Western cities.’” Where the terrorists have failed to mount any attack on a water supply, the Michigan state government has succeeded.

Four Horsemen of Democracy

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:14
Robert C. Koehler

“It was also a shock to the system that a candidate universally known in Iowa, with deep pockets and long experience, could come close to losing to a relative unknown who was initially considered little more than a protest candidate.”

Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner”

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:24
Michael Winship

A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein.

Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not.

How Bernie Sanders Can Win the Black Vote

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:29
Aki Soga

No one should underestimate the ability of Bernie Sanders to turn skeptics into supporters.

The race for the Democratic nomination will test Sanders’ ability to win over opponents as the contest moves beyond the early states. That’s especially true in states with a heavy concentration of black voters.

Hillary Clinton is seen as a heavy favorite among in the African American community. The former secretary of state has the endorsement. She has decades-long relationships built with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:55
John Kiriakou

Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like.

A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day.

For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small cage outside, with the opportunity to walk in circles before being taken back in. Even the outdoor cage can usually be opened and closed remotely.

A Way for Europe to Remove Chaos from the Migration Crisis

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:29
Kenneth Roth

ISTANBUL — The last year shattered any belief that the European Union was immune to the global refugee crisis. The desperation of people fleeing conflicts and violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and repression in Eritrea proved greater than the dangers of crossing the Mediterranean, particularly as people, aided by social media, discovered smuggling networks exploiting the proximity of Turkey’s coast to the Greek islands.

TPP: A New Low

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:28
Richard Trumka

As a dozen nations gather in New Zealand this week to officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), working families in the United States are sounding the alarm on a deal that would lower wages and ship even more jobs overseas. 

The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody in Washington Is Talking About

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:18
Michael Copps

When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger; the deal collapsed after hundreds of thousands of Americans spoke out and federal regulators signaled that they would not let it go forward.

How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:55
Tom Engelhardt

Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at stopping a conflict that had yet to begin. Those demonstrators, myself included, were trying to put pressure on the administration of George W. Bush not to do what its top officials so visibly, desperately wanted to do: invade Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, garrison it for decades to come, and turn that country into an American gas station. None of us were seers.

For the Student Debt Movement, JUBILEE is an Old Idea Made New

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:23
Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig

A growing movement is pressing for relief from this country’s oppressive and mounting burden of student debt. Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a gathering of millennials in Washington, organized by a group called Young Invincibles during a national day of advocacy around this issue.

Even Praising His Political Skills, Washington Post Still Side-Eyes Sanders

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:15
Janine Jackson

Despite some by-now familiar imagery—Bernie Sanders is a “self-described democratic socialist” who has been “traveling the country venting his outrage”—the Washington Post’s post-Iowa rundown (2/2/16) is in some ways an uncomplicated report on a Sanders showing that was “surprising” to a press corps intent on dismissing him into invisibility.