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Final Debate Leaves Us Wanting More Options for President

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage in Las Vegas for their last showdown before Nov. 8. The overall performance will not be remembered as a shining moment in American history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE


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After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire

The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

Unipolar No More: American Power at the Crossroads

Moscow’s frustration of Washington’s agenda to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, and China’s plan to link numerous Asian and European countries in a vast transportation and pipeline network, represent a growing international challenge to and curtailment of U.S. power.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Indian Treaties, Oil Pipelines and Presidential Elections: A Tale of Lies, Deception and Hypocrisy

The U.S. government has a long history of breaking promises and dishonoring contracts with Native Americans and other marginalized groups. Hopefully, the next president will change this shameful truth.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

The Age of Decline, Apple Pie and America’s Chosen Suicide Bomber

Thanks to perhaps trillions of words expended on him by nonstop commentators, pundits, talking heads, retired generals and admirals, former intelligence chiefs and ex-Bush administration officials, Donald Trump and his remarkable ego have become the wallpaper of our lives.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE

Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan

Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice

Right now, under some of the most repressive circumstances that exist in the United States, a national movement is growing for prisoners’ rights.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.

The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming

The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

A Vote for Trump Is a Vote to Undo Vital Progress on Climate Change

The scientific evidence for global warming has never been clearer, yet the Republican presidential nominee boasts that he can’t wait to tear down President Obama’s positive environmental actions.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. to Give Israel $38 Billion Over 10 Years

The U.S. will provide Israel with a “windfall of hardware and technology,” the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to the Jewish state.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War

With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

Follow Colin Kaepernick, Change the World

The NFL quarterback took a big personal risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up

If the United States ends up with President Trump, the Democratic nominee and her party will have no one to blame but themselves for refusing to compromise their allegiances to Wall Street and morally bankrupt, center-right, establishment positions.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Al-Qaida’s U.S. attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were barbaric atrocities of the first order. Almost 15 years later, similar acts continue to be unleashed across the Greater Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Working-Class Struggles in Southern California Symbolize Blue-Collar Blues Across America

Far from the noise of the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton brawl are painful examples of what this presidential campaign should be about: people struggling to raise their families out of poverty, send their kids to school and survive day to day.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

What Does Wal-Mart Have to Do With the 2016 Election?

With over $480 billion in total annual revenue, the U.S.’ largest private employer wields immense power just in how it treats its workers at home and abroad. Their struggle for dignity and rights will continue after the last ballots are counted in November.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Must Learn From Her Mistakes

Is criticism of the Democratic presidential nominee over her emails and her family’s foundation too harsh? Perhaps. But the Clintons invite such scrutiny and suspicion.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Republicans Matter

The Democratic nominee is making an appeal to GOP members opposed to Donald Trump. Her unspoken message: The stakes for the party’s dissenters are too high for halfway measures and bet hedging.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE

A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

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.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

If indigenous activists manage to block the building of an oil line they consider a threat to ancestral lands, their success will be one small measure of justice in a line of injustices going back to the founding of this nation.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE

Clinton and Trump Are Rich and Pals of the Rich—and That Could Be a Huge Problem for the Nation

Whatever the differences between the two nominees, either will function as an emissary of the powerful who control America. That’s the conflict of interest we all should be talking about.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE

Dakota Pipeline Would Make Water the New Oil, Devastating All but the Rich

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is heading a protest by Native Americans and their allies against the newly approved line. These opponents of the project say it could lead to contamination of the Missouri River and other devastating environmental impacts.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

Ignorance Is Not a Virtue, and Knowledge Is Not a Vice

The idea lives on: “Regular” or “everyday” Americans have been failed by out-of-touch elites and the mainstream media, who basically have screwed up the country.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Should Push Hard for Disability Civil Rights

Hillary Clinton and women with disabilities have something major in common: They are not seen for who they are and what they contribute.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE

Why Are Police So Afraid of Bold, Black Women Like Korryn Gaines?

It is incredible that during this time of heightened public awareness of police brutality, officers continue to behave with impunity.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE

Add Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal to the Rich History of Cheating in Sports

Seeking an unfair advantage in sports did not originate in the former Soviet Union, but state-sanctioned cheating is much more common in communist or former communist countries.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE

Rural America Is Primed for an HIV Epidemic

A staggering 188 infections in Austin, Ind.—a rural town of only 4,300 people—is evidence of a growing problem in counties throughout the U.S.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Rebels Are Fed Up With Democratic Party’s Corporate Values (Video)

Some Sanders supporters still do not like Hillary Clinton, and even though she is the Democratic presidential nominee, they are not going to follow the senator’s lead and vote for her.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Refuting Donald Trump’s Lies About the United States

AP’s Fact Check found that the candidate’s statistics in his GOP acceptance speech are way beyond the “damned lies” level.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

The New European Fascists

Poland offers a frightening example of the right-wing populism sweeping through many nations. Neoliberalism is wrecking economies, creating rage among the working class, devastating cultural institutions and eroding liberal democracy across Europe and in the United States.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States

The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s in a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE

Killer Robots Pose Potential Problems for Future Policing

Removing officers in the field could reduce the danger they face and the need to use force. Then again, adding a layer of distance between officers and citizens could increase the use of force.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE

Time for Progressives to Take a Stand Against Politics of Hate

The crisis over racism in America calls for something bolder and more single-minded than the laundry list of good ideas being tossed about by the Bernie Revolution.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE

Charge Abu Zubaydah With a Crime or Free Him

Al-Qaida’s reported No. 3 operative is a bad guy, but he did not help plot the Sept. 11 attacks and has provided no actionable intelligence since his capture—and subsequent torture—in March 2002.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein’s Green New Deal Deserves to Be Heard by Widest Audience Possible

The prospective Green Party presidential candidate is moving up in the polls with progressive ideas to reinvigorate the American economy, save the environment and give power to the people instead of corporations.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary

The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Wrestler John Cena Tears Down Stereotypes of the ‘Average American’ in This Truly Patriotic Clip

At a time when the country feels more divided than ever, the professional wrestler espouses a message of inclusivity we sorely need to hear: “To love America is to love all Americans.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Antonin Scalia and the Clear and Present Danger of Second Amendment Fundamentalism

The late Supreme Court justice, having bestowed the Constitution’s blessing on personal gun rights, bears responsibility for our collective impotence in response to the madness of gun violence in America.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Meet El Peso Hero, a Latino Superhero Fighting Injustice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

“El Peso Hero” is not your typical comic book series. The eponymous main character defends immigrants, stands up for the disenfranchised and speaks only Spanish.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE

Senate Fails to Pass Four New Gun Safety Bills, Even After the Mass Killing in Orlando

It was business as usual on gun legislation in Washington on Monday. But some lawmakers remain hopeful that a compromise can be reached to provide common-sense gun laws in America.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed Forever

The prison is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

Wildlife Needs New Corridors to Escape Rising Heat

Rising temperatures will force wild creatures to seek cooler refuges—but safe routes for them to migrate may be scarce, scientists say.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

Seeing Red

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 ENLARGE    

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