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Restoring the Climate: War Is Not the Answer

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:26
Judith Schwartz

Author and climate activist Bill McKibben has published a manifesto to “declare war” on climate change. While I agree about the urgency, I question the wisdom of invoking warfare. For one, how well have our battles against vast, multifaceted problems worked out?

Here’s a Bold Idea for Hillary’s Troubled Campaign

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:17
Steven Hill

Hillary Clinton is ahead in the polls, but it's more due to Donald Trump’s many blunders than excitement with Mrs. Clinton. She has benefited from being the anti-Trump. But new allegations about the FBI finding another 15,000 missing emails, as well as evidence of a possible “pay-to-play” donation system between her husband’s Clinton Global Initiative and the Secretary of State’s office, raises old perceptions about her untrustworthiness and dishonesty. 

The Disturbing Dawn of the Alt-Right

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 13:30
Digby

I wrote about the Alt-right for Salon today. It’s not exactly the same as European ethno-nationalism. It’s scarier:

Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation?

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:48
Glenn Greenwald

As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the tactic of Clinton-loyal journalists is to highlight the charitable work done by the foundation, and then insinuate — or even outright state — that anyone raising these questions is opposed to its charity.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:28
Sonali Kolhatkar

Until a few years ago, the word “occupation” was synonymous with power, imperialism and foreign invasion. Today, in the post-Occupy Wall Street era, more and more activists are using their physical presence to make demands. From Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to Tahrir Square in Cairo, occupation has become a powerful method of organizing.

We’ve Always “Occupied the Prairie” and We’re Not Going Anywhere

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 09:24
Sacred Stone Camp Leaders and Elders

In Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline by Jack Healy, New York Times, Aug. 23, 2016  we see and hear about Indians in paint on horseback, in “procession” out of their “tepee-dotted camp.” Who writes like that?

The Burden of More Than 150 Years of Warfare

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 07:46
Nick Turse

America has been committed to supporting the veterans of its wars since long before it had “United States of” in front of it.  “It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire... horrible was the stink and scent thereof,” William Bradford wrote after soldiers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony massacred a village of native Pequots.  Later, the Pilgrims gave thanks to their veterans by passing a law to support wounded soldiers of the campaign.  The U.S.

"I Didn't Serve, I Was Used": How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 07:29
Ann Jones

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, historian Andrew Bacevich writes:

John Oliver Slams Charter Schools And His Critics Totally Miss The Point

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 07:15
Jeff Bryant

Sometimes it takes a funnyman to make sense.

Earlier this week, British comedian John Oliver devoted a “Back to School” segment on his HBO program Last Week Tonight to examining the rapidly growing charter school industry and what these schools are doing with our tax dollars.

Pundits, Decrying the Horrors of War in Aleppo, Demand Expanded War

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:54
Adam Johnson

The devastating photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance after his home was bombed in Syrian or Russian air strikes has amped up calls for direct US military intervention against the Syrian government. The now-viral photo of Omran—and the broader siege of east Aleppo—was prominently featured in most major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and several other publications.

Clinton Wins in A Cakewalk? Don't Bet the Ranch on It

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 05:58
John Atcheson

If you listen to the media and the pundits, most are predicting a surefire Clinton victory – if not a landslide.  One of the reasons for this misplaced optimism is that they seem to believe Sanders’ revolutionaries are all prepared to join hands with the PACster politicians and DLC types dominating the Democratic Party and sing Kumbaya.

President Obama Aligns with Big Business to Smash Opposition to the TPP

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 05:35
Jake Johnson

The Democratic primary of 2008, much like that of 2016, featured a sharp debate on global trade — about who writes the rules, who benefits, and who, ultimately, is harmed.

And like 2016, the 2008 discussion was largely dominated by so-called trade agreements, namely the North American Free Trade Agreement. Signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993, NAFTA encompassed the economies of Mexico, Canada, and the United States, and its implementation was accompanied by the usual lofty promises.

The Heart of Order

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 05:23
Robert C. Koehler

He’d left the water running, flooding neighbors’ apartments. He’d been running around outside naked. By the time police arrived, he was standing in the window of his fourth-floor apartment on Farwell Avenue — a few blocks from where I live in the diverse, unpredictable Chicago neighborhood called Rogers Park — threatening to jump.

The Debut of Our Revolution: Great Potential. But.

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 04:20
Norman Solomon

While Bernie Sanders was doing a brilliant job of ripping into the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the livestreamed launch of the Our Revolution organization on Wednesday night, CNN was airing a phone interview with Hillary Clinton and MSNBC was interviewing Donald Trump’s campaign manager.

It Is Time to Begin the Process of Rebuilding Our Middle-Class Economy

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:33
Bill Moyers, David Bly

In The New York Times recently, the paper’s former Washington bureau chief, the veteran journalist Hedrick Smith, asked an important question:Can the States Save American Democracy?Smith, who traveled the country to write his latest book, Who Stole the American Dream?, also serves as the executive editor of the Reclaim the American Dream

Can Workers Get a Fair Deal in the Gig Economy?

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:11
Steven Hill

More and more businesses are exploiting what is known as the “1099 worker loophole”—hiring workers as “independent contractors” instead of as regularly employed workers. In some cases, companies have laid off all or most of their regular workers and then hired them back, but as independent contractors.

Stop Playing Politics With Reproductive Rights

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:02
Olivia Alperstein

Young women voters have a lot to worry about this election cycle, from a flurry of anti-abortion messaging to diminishing access to reproductive services.

Just this month, in fact, Congress put the brakes on vital legislation that would fund efforts to prevent the spread of Zika because they’re arguing over birth control.

Donald Trump Isn’t Really Reaching Out To African-Americans

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:42
Terrance Heath

Contrary to recent headlines, Donald Trump isn’t reaching out to African-Americans. He isn’t even talking to us. He’s talking past us, and saying exactly what his alt-right base wants to hear him saying to black folks.

Donald Trump is telling African-Americans that our biggest problems are simply the result of listening to the wrong white people.

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 08:21
Medea Benjamin

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”

“Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he solemnly concluded. “Money that is drenched in blood.”

In this case, it’s innocent Yemeni blood.

Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 08:15
Scott Klinger

As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success.

But are schools ready to receive our kids and foster that success? Increasingly, the answer is no.