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Ajamu Baraka: A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians

The human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate is leading the Black Alliance for Peace, a project against “war, repression and imperialism.”

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Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo

The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE



What Happened to Russiagate?

For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE



‘Seed’ Documentary Explores the David-and-Goliath Battle With Food Corporations

Farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers are fighting to protect the world’s natural food supply from extinction.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



Deceivers in Chief: How Donald Trump and Barack Obama Are Alike

They promised to challenge the corrupt establishment. But after being elected president, both committed political fraud.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump

The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party

The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE



The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War

National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

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Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation

Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



New Supreme Court Era Begins as Neil Gorsuch Is Sworn In

The 113th justice could make an immediate impact on cases dealing with religious freedom, gun rights and immigration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE



Afghanistan War: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The war in Afghanistan approaches the dubious distinction of being the longest conflict ever waged by the United States.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE



MLK and Barack Obama: Diametrically Opposed Legacies

Have black people, historically the most left-leaning constituency in the United States, shed their anti-imperialist views and embraced war?

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE



Dennis Kucinich: James Comey, Not Russia, Tilted the Election Toward Donald Trump

The former congressman says the FBI director (pictured) should have resigned over his disclosure about Hillary Clinton’s emails last October.

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Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight

The linguist and political commentator discusses the U.S. president, Russia, history and the future in a recent interview. (Pictured, two scientists at a Jan. 26 news conference.)

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 READ MORE



The Art of the Con

The interests of the working class were supposed to be the focus of the Trump administration, but the president has no coherent approach for lifting up blue-collar Americans.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate

In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Health Insurance Option or Medicare for Some

To begin to solve the health care crisis, we need a system based on health and the money to pay for it. House Resolution 676 is the model for that system.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



The Simple Fact That Will Defeat Trump’s Attempt to Roll Back Obama’s Energy Policies

The president’s executive order deregulating dangerous gas emissions flies in the face of basic economics.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War—and Worsen the Resulting Food Shortage—in Yemen?

Without an urgent effort to find a political solution and get massive food aid into the country, almost 7 million people may face starvation.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE



Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies

Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE



House GOP Calls Off Trumpcare Vote and Kills the Bill

President Trump tells House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the proposed American Health Care Act after Republicans fail to garner enough support to pass it.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 READ MORE



Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan

Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia

The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth

The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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Hacking the Election: We Should Call Trump’s Bluff for a Watergate-Style Inquiry

If the president wants a full-blown investigation to address his wiretapping claims against his predecessor, let’s have it—and get the answers to three crucial questions in the process.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE


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House Intelligence Committee Gives Trump a Monday Deadline for Providing Evidence of Wiretapping

“The only question is why the president would make up such a thing,” says panel member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Demonize Trump for Pursuing Russia Policy Obama Championed

“The refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies,” The Intercept journalist writes.

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‘Cries From Syria’ Carries Heart-Rending Stories From the Civil War

Evgeny Afineevsky’s Oscar-nominated documentary doesn’t shy away from the war’s brutal realities. The children’s voices are especially poignant.

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Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites

The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

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The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo

I looked forward to writing an essay highlighting the detention camp’s last 100 days. It never happened.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE



Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?

We have endured 40 years of creeping authoritarianism, which now may run right over democracy.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



Yes, Obama Is Causing Some of Trump’s Woes, but Not in the Way the President Imagines

On “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump alleges that his predecessor is behind the leaks and angry crowds bedeviling the White House.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



Why Did Establishment Democrats Nominate Tom Perez for Party Chair?

According to journalist Glenn Greenwald, the move satisfies Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban (pictured) and other party benefactors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE



The Democratic National Committee Needs a Hero

The next DNC chair has an important job: protect the rights of citizens and stand up for the rule of law.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE



Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review

The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE


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In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends

How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE



Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Immigration Ban on Hold for Now

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sides with a lower court, saying that reinstating the ban—even temporarily—would cause harm.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE



Fake News and Donald Trump’s War on Truth

The Trump administration has skillfully turned the notion of fake news on its head and weaponized it against the media.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE


Dissident Cartoonist Mr. Fish: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Failing to Deal With Trump

In an appearance on Chris Hedges’ RT show “On Contact,” the artist warns against depicting the president as a “figure of fun.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



A Poem on Generations Witnessing Cycles of Death and Destruction (Audio)

Tamiko Beyer’s poem serves as a painful reminder of how “horde white-hot power” causes “rage that liquefies/ our hearts, whole communities.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE



Sister of 16-Year-Old American Killed in Yemen in 2011 Dies in Raid Ordered by Trump

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and his sister were children of the U.S.-born Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, whom the U.S. assassinated with a drone in 2011.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE



No Crocodile Tears for Cubans ‘Left Behind’ by Obama’s Immigration Change

Cubans were able to enter the U.S. without visas because of the politically driven assumption that they needed to escape the horrors of the Castro regime.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Approval Rating Is Low, but Many Americans Are Willing to Give Him a Chance

The new president’s initial approval rating of only 46 percent indicates widespread dissatisfaction, but a civic-engagement survey finds there are people who remain optimistic.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Indivisible’ Guide Teaches Progressives How to Play Defense Against Trump

Former congressional and Capitol Hill staffers created a 25-page resistance guide—which went viral—to help prevent the Republican Congress from passing conservative legislation.

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 READ MORE



Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data

The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE


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