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Obama Should Have Worked to Repeal the Espionage Act in Addition to Commuting Manning’s Sentence

The commutation, however praiseworthy, doesn’t make up for developing anti-democratic techniques that have now been passed on to the most anti-democratic government in recent decades.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE


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Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?

We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



Refuting Donald Trump’s Attack on Rep. John Lewis

It began when the civil rights icon announced that he will not attend Trump’s inaugural because he does not consider him a legitimate president.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE



Welcome to a New Form of Rule (Video)

We are now on the brink of a government undreamed of by Aristotle, who spoke of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE



Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe Speech Is So Important in the Trump Era

In moments of national crisis, some stars feel a need to speak out.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE



With Focus on Russians, Will U.S. Pay Attention to Israeli Plot on U.K. Parliament?

The blockbuster story that an Israeli operative was plotting to whip up scandals to unseat British members of Parliament may sink like a stone.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Trump and the GOP Are at Odds Over Alleged Russian Hack

Washington is engaged in a food fight full of ignorance and hypocrisy.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE



The Chinese Solar Juggernaut That Donald Trump Can’t Stop (Video)

The president-elect has pronounced solar power “too expensive” and has pledged to revive the use of coal. The former is a falsehood, the latter a genocide.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE



Preparing for the Normalization of Donald Trump’s White House (Video)

Despite all the hand-wringing from the left, Trump will be normalized by the same corporate media that virtually boycotted Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017

The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 READ MORE



Eight Mideast Stories That Shaped Our World in 2016

If we set aside the glib talking points of U.S. politicians and many pundits, what were the big stories this year that actually did—or likely will—affect the American public deeply?

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE



Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize a State of Palestine

Just as the president established diplomatic relations with Cuba, so he could do for the Palestinian Authority. It would be one step toward resolving the decades-old problem of Palestinian statelessness.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli Ministers Throw Trump-Like Tantrums After U.N. Security Council Slam

Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet members are trying to punch above their weight. The Israeli prime minister wants to punish the United Nations, and apparently even the United States.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE



If You Think Jesus Was White, Here Are Five Reasons You’re Wrong

Given the alarming rise of white nationalism in the United States and the ways in which it is often entangled with Christian nationalism, it is worthwhile remembering exactly whose birth was commemorated Sunday.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE



Why the U.N. Resolution on Israeli Squatting Didn’t Go Far Enough

The U.S. abstained Friday as the 14 other Security Council member states formally condemned Israel’s government for its support of those who steal and live on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 READ MORE



A Plan for Senate Democrats: Block All Trump Supreme Court Nominees

We don’t need a Trump-nominated Supreme Court justice. And there is no reason to have one.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



Russian Ambassador’s Assassination May Strengthen the Erdogan-Putin Relationship

The shooting of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, will slow but not interrupt the process of Russo-Turkish rapprochement, after a period last winter and spring when the two countries were boycotting each other.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move Is an Invitation to Terrorism

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank is a severe security problem for the United States. Now the president-elect is planning to ratchet up tensions even further. (Pictured, Trump and his choice for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.)

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



Sorry, Donald Trump, You Can’t Bring Back Coal When Solar Costs Half as Much

Bloomberg recently released a report with some startling findings about solar energy.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE



Demonization of Putin as ‘Personally’ Behind Clinton Hack Is an Old Propaganda Technique

The allegations that the Russian president directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE



Why Do GOP Presidents Get to Go Hard Right While Democrats Are Just GOP Lite?

When Bill Clinton and Barack Obama came to power (and both were very popular and had true voter mandates), they did not go left in the way George W. Bush went right and now Donald Trump is going.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE



Sorry, Garrison Keillor. Keith Ellison Could Have Beaten Trump, and Still Can (Video)

The “Prairie Home Companion” creator, deep in depression over the advent of the Trump Gilded Age, blasts the idea of the prominent liberal congressman (pictured) becoming the Democratic National Committee chairman.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE



Syria’s Aleppo Falling: Moscow Is a Player in the Region Again

Russia’s success in shaping the outcome of the Syrian struggle has made Moscow a player in the region again for the first time since the fall of the old Soviet Union.

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 READ MORE



No, America, It Wasn’t Russia: You Did This to Yourself

I don’t doubt that the Russian Federation employs hackers and PR people to influence public opinion and even election outcomes in other countries. But I am skeptical that anything the Russians did caused Donald Trump to become president.

Posted on Dec 10, 2016 READ MORE



How We Can Fight Back Against Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency

With regard to fighting global warming, the American public is, at best, now on its own. At worse, the federal government will change its laws to encourage activities that make the environment dirtier, more dangerous and hotter.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Resilience of Colonial Borders in Syria

Whenever a country falls into civil war, there are always observers who suggest that the problem could be resolved by a partition of that country.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



In the Shadow of Trump, a DAPL Victory and Global Protests Against Fossil Fuels

In the age of Trump, peaceful protests will likely increasingly be branded a form of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail

The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



Why Russia and the Assad Regime Want All of Aleppo Before Donald Trump Is Sworn In

Russia and Bashar al-Assad are not willing to risk Donald Trump changing his mind, what with all the hawks milling around him and on his new cabinet.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



Conspiracy Theorist in Chief: Trump Lie About 2 Million Illegal Votes Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg

Americans have given the nuclear codes to that crazy uncle you have to sit through Thanksgiving with, who watches the likes of Alex Jones and red-facedly proclaims that FEMA is keeping Americans in concentration camps.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE



Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?

Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



CNN Caption Stirs Up Charges of Anti-Semitism

The controversy is symptomatic for the cable news organization in its two-year-long coverage of the presidential campaign. It almost nightly turned the airwaves over to Donald Trump, bloviating at his rallies and saying racist things.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



Five Donald Trump Headlines More Outrageous Than the ‘Hamilton’ Tiff

The New York Times ran the “Hamilton” story above the fold, while news that Trump had settled student lawsuits over the fraudulent Trump University for $25 million was placed below the fold.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Why Internment of Japanese-Americans Is an Outrageous Model for Registering Muslim Americans

The internment of U.S. citizens during World War II was a massive crime against innocents who had not been proven to have done anything wrong.

The internment of U.S. citizens during World War II was a massive crime against innocents who had not been proven to have done anything wrong.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



Sting and Gandhian Anti-Terrorism: Your Paris Vacation Can Help Cripple Islamic State (Video)

Sting, 65, recently played at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, where Islamic State terrorists killed 90 people last year in one of the worst attacks in the West in recent years.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Neofascist Trump Adviser Steve Bannon: Anger’s Good ‘If You’re Fighting to Take This Country Back’

Even Joe McCarthy would have thought Bannon a bit too suspicious, and Donald Trump is bringing him into the White House.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Four Years of Donald Trump Could Sink the Planet (Video)

The U.S. is one of the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. If the next president doesn’t significantly pare down emissions, this country alone could cook the planet, even if China and others act more responsibly.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE



Progressives Can Get Through the Next Four Years by Organizing

Democratic Party activism is the only effective vehicle we have to oppose Donald Trump on the national stage—but other kinds of organizing are also important. Here are some suggestions about what to do.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE



Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism Is Killing Them (Literally)

Among the prime operators of the neoliberal system were the Clintons.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Ann Coulter: Ben Franklin Wouldn’t Have Thought of You or Trump as White, Either

Anxieties about white dominance are a perennial in American history.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Hatred That Donald Trump’s Lies Will Leave Behind

Whether Trump wins or loses, he will leave behind a toxic legacy of increased racial and religious hatred, which he has deliberately stirred up in order to take the focus off his policies—policies that would hurt workers and would throw even more money at the super-wealthy.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Top Five Most Urgent Climate Change Stories That Mainstream Media Suppressed in Election Year

I use the word “suppressed” quite deliberately. Corporate television outlets in the United States are colluding in a cover-up of the threat of global warming—and have specifically blacked out the crisis with regard to the presidential campaign.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



War Within War: Iraq’s Prime Minister Says ‘We Don’t Want to Fight Turkey, but We’re Ready’

Iraq was alarmed by the announcement by Turk military authorities that they are sending some 30 armored vehicles, tanks and artillery to the Turkish-Iraqi border.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish Government Arrests Opposition Parliament Members in Further Descent Into Dictatorship

This step is intended to give Recep Tayyip Erdogan the majority in parliament he needs to make himself president for life, and to give Turkey (currently a parliamentary government) an imperial presidency on the Egyptian model.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE



Save America From Donald Trump to Fix America, or, Did Your Mother Drop You on Your Head?

America is drowning, and voting for Hillary Clinton is the equivalent of rescuing it. It is the stiff arm to deal with a hysteria that will otherwise sink us.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE



Hezbollah’s Candidate Becomes Lebanese President After Sunni Compromise

Lebanon finally has a president, Michel Aoun.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE



Another Saudi War Crime in Yemen as 43 Prisoners Die in Airstrike

It isn’t that hard, Riyadh. If you think taking the shot will possibly kill noncombatants, especially a lot of noncombatants, you can’t take it.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE



Like a Halloween Nightmare, This Election Keeps Scaring Us to Death

Groping, sexting and “undead”  emails: In the 2016 campaign, dark deeds of the past are resurrected and ogres return to haunt our daily lives.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE



10 Things Anthony Weiner Did That Were Worse Than Storing Hillary Clinton’s Emails on His Computer

Nothing produces upchuck in the throat like another headline about the disgraced former congressman. But here’s an opportunity for me to reprint a column I once did on other egregious things he has said and done.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE


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