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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.

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How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It

The strange political dominance of the Grand Old Party can be explained by 12 factors, including the neoliberal agenda of the Democratic Party, gerrymandering, the politics of fear, and mass ignorance in much of the U.S. populace.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



Sheriffs Refuse to Send Reinforcements to Standing Rock as Costs and Public Outrage Mount

North Dakota is stretched thin in its battle to protect the Dakota Access pipeline construction: Costs are nearing $15 million, and police resources are increasingly stressed.

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Our President-to-Be Has Stock in the Dakota Access Pipeline

Donald Trump holds between $15,000 and $50,000 in the company building the pipeline in North Dakota that indigenous residents are protesting on the grounds that it endangers their drinking water.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



No ‘New Normal’

I’ve fought, organized and loved too long to let Trump and the people who run him shove me—or any of us—back into a bottle.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters

Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Veterans Plan ‘Deployment’ to Join Battle Against Dakota Access Pipeline

“Let’s stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Recount! Recount!

I doubt if the election was hacked, but I don’t know for sure. That’s why it’s important to support a growing campaign for a recount.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Will Turkey Leave NATO for Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Council?

Most likely it is an idle threat by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, perhaps an attempt at getting Europe to be silent about his human rights abuses.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Take a Close Look at Tulsi Gabbard

Journalists are weighing the positives and negatives of news that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries, for a position in his Cabinet.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

The indigenous tribes gathered in North Dakota are showing us a path for the future based on respect, nonviolence, humility and love that should inspire us for the difficult times ahead.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



Arnold Mesches’ Death Closes a Chapter on Socially Conscious Art in American History

Throughout his long and distinguished career, the artist used his talent to provide incisive visual commentary about the major social and political issues of his time.

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Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Weigh In on Global Warming at COP22

At the conference on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco, Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba, discusses humanity’s urgent need to heed the ecological wisdom of indigenous peoples.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Repression and Nonviolent Resistance in Africa’s Last Colony

The Sahrawis, the indigenous population native to the Western Sahara region, are in a protracted struggle for independence, and face terrible human rights violations by Morocco.

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Killer Robots and Rebel Wieners: Did Hollywood’s Working-Class Revolt Fantasies Fuel Trump’s Rise?

Class-war fantasies are a hot new genre on the big and small screen. They might be amping up Donald Trump-mania.

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A Look at Donald Trump’s Disturbing Foreign Policy Appointments

Potential additions to the president-elect’s administration represent a shift in foreign policy position, perhaps contradicting some of his campaign promises.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jill Stein and Legal and Computing Experts Question Election Results, Call for Action

A number of sources, including a team of computer scientists and Green Party presidential nominee Stein, are claiming that the results of the Nov. 8 election were affected by tampering tactics of various kinds.

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President-Elect Trump: ‘I Disavow and Condemn’ White Nationalist Movements

Trump was forced to discuss the issue after Richard B. Spencer, a neo-Nazi responsible for the popularity of the “alt-right” movement, praised Trump over the weekend at a conference loaded with Nazi salutes and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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Donald Trump Taps Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador

Trump is angling to include a woman of color—a former critic—among his administration’s highest ranks. The president-elect is also mulling candidates for big Cabinet appointments, including onetime campaign rival Ben Carson.

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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


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Private Prisons Expect Surging Profits During the Trump Administration

People invested in the prison industry are set to get even richer off the mass incarceration of minority and low-income people when Donald Trump and the tough-on-crime nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, take control of the federal justice system.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



On the Road With Our American Selves

After the fluorescent circus of Election 2016, I imagine what would be truly exceptional: an America that values all human life in the same way.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



There’s No Going Back on Action Against Climate Change

Whatever policies the U.S. comes up with on climate change under the Trump presidency, the rest of the world intends to continue trying to save the planet.

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Donald Trump Opens Up to ‘Dishonest’ Media With Meetings On and Off the Record

Breaking the mold as president-elect, Trump forgoes traditional news conferences in favor of private sessions with network executives, TV anchors and journalists at The New York Times.

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Searching for a Remedy in This Day of Malaise? Start With a Little Kindness

The American people need time to heal after this election, and we should be looking to human compassion, not our president, for a cure.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



‘We Can Beat This Guy’: Bernie Sanders Urges Mass Mobilization Against Donald Trump’s Agenda

“It’s not a question of us working with Trump. It’s a question of Trump working with us.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Changes His Tune on Key Campaign-Trail Pledges

Remember how, mere weeks ago, Trump’s supporters chanted “Lock her up!” with gusto?

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Electing the Tyrant: Parallels Among Ancient Rome, Mexico During the Conquest and the U.S. Today

If the Romans taught us anything, it is that their republic was built on excluding the many.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Bad Faith Comes From More Than One Corner

Defeat has many parents, and buck-passing cannot be the national pastime.

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A Glimpse Into the Shattered Lives of Some Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” starkly shows that, while convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev languishes in prison, victims who lost limbs in the 2013 attack still struggle to cope with their brutally altered existence.

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President Obama, First ‘Cautiously Optimistic,’ Felt ‘Deep Disappointment’ After Trump’s Win

A new report by The New Yorker follows the outgoing president in the days leading up to and following Donald Trump’s stunning victory.

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Ivanka Trump Joined a Call With Argentinian President Mauricio Macri

Charges of nepotism haven’t stopped the president-elect’s daughter from joining a meeting with a head of state for second time in a week.

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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



Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?

He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Navigating the Trump Crisis: Both ‘Anti-Trump’ and ‘Give Him a Chance’ Are Wrong

Progressives must go beyond protesting Donald Trump’s election or waiting to see what he does. Bernie Sanders has it right: We need a left-right coalition.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Rachel Moran Discuss the Reality of Prostitution

The Truthdig columnist and the anti-prostitution activist examine how capitalism is at the core of sex work, which Moran (pictured, far right) calls “the commercialization of sexual abuse.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Alec Baldwin’s Return to ‘SNL’ Playing Donald Trump Sets Off Twitter Feud With the President-Elect

“You want more advice, call me,” the “Saturday Night Live” actor wrote to Trump, who tweeted there was “nothing funny” about the sketch starring Baldwin that aired this weekend.

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Good News









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A Blueprint for a Party That Is Truly for the Working Class

Such a party, writes Seth Ackerman at Jacobin magazine, “must be independent—determining its own platform and educating around it. It should actually contest elections. And its candidates for public office should be members of the party, accountable to the membership, and pledged to respect the platform.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 READ MORE



What Next for Conservatives Who Engaged in Pre-Election Hand-Wringing?

Just before the presidential election, a handful of conservative writers grappled with the extremism blooming within their party. Was it too little too late or better late than never? The author presents another question that is far more important now.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 READ MORE



We Are All Deplorables

Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.

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Donald Trump Assembling Team of ‘Swamp Creatures,’ Says Democratic Lawmaker Keith Ellison

The progressive congressman said it’s clear the president-elect is “not doing what he’s said he’s gonna do for average working Americans.”

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I’m Not a Racist









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Truthdigger of the Week: Radical Political Strategist Micah White

To withstand and ultimately overcome the imminent Trump regime, “American activists must move from detached indignation to revolutionary engagement by using the techniques of social movement creation to dominate elections,” says the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



Christian Assyrian Woman Is Harassed as ‘Terrorist’ for Speaking the Language of Jesus

So this is Trump’s foreigner-hating country: Using Aramaic in public is now equated with terrorism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE


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