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Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE


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The Potency of Trump’s Pitchfork Populism

The blustery billionaire’s “us” is nowhere near a majority of the U.S. electorate, but it might be enough to win him the Republican nomination for president. And even if he falls short, the forces he has loosed will not easily be tamped down.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Reckless War Against Evil

After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama called Islamic State “the face of evil.” The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



20 U.S. Billionaires Now Own as Much Wealth as Half of All Americans

A new report reveals that the real wealth gap in America is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but between the .0001 percent and everybody else.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Doctors Without Borders Calls U.S. Report on Afghan Hospital Bombing ‘Shocking’

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that “human error” was a factor in the Oct. 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 30 civilians and left 37 wounded. In a statement, Doctors Without Borders, which had previously called the attack a probable war crime, said the report was “shocking” and left “more questions than answers.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Militarization of Higher Education

In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Home, Sweet Kleptocracy: Kabul in America

Many citizens regard their government at all levels with a weary combination of cynicism and contempt. Fundamentalist groups respond by calling for a return to religious values and the imposition of religious law. What country is this?

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Will Chess, Not ‘Battleship,’ Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia?

While China’s leadership is creating a middle-class future powered by a consumer economy, its president is telling whoever is willing to listen that, despite the fears of the Obama administration, there’s no reason for war ever to be on the agenda for the U.S. and China.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism in Major Speech at Georgetown

The Democratic presidential candidate presented himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the clearest articulation yet of his political philosophy and vision for the United States.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



From the Annals of U.S. History: America’s Role in Creating Islamic Extremism

It’s a refrain that has been played and replayed before, but some Americans might need yet another refresher.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Paying for Patriotism

The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to “support the troops” with cheap stunts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



On the Verge of the Great Unraveling: The View From 2050

As everyone now knows, the spirit of integration imbued in international trade pacts would go down to defeat as the bloodlands of the 20th century gave way to the splinterlands of the 21st. The sense of disintegration and disunity that settled over our world came at precisely the wrong moment. We needed more unity, not less.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Where’s the Outrage Over the Beheadings in Saudi Arabia?

Although the Obama administration lacks the courage and decency to speak out against the Saudi killing machine, the rest of us have no reason to be constrained.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



A Scorching Earth Threatens U.S. Agriculture

The effects of climate change mean the topsoil that gives the U.S. its agricultural strength is now in jeopardy of being blown away.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jorge Ramos on Why More Immigrants = Less Crime

When politicians blame immigrants for some of the most significant problems in the U.S., many people might believe that the vast majority of immigrants here without permission are criminals. Journalist and broadcaster Jorge Ramos explains why the opposite is true.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: U.S. Reaches Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal With 11 Other Countries

Almost a decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal—the largest regional trade accord in history—was agreed to Monday by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Conservative Evasion on Guns

Conservatives all over the world are aghast at our nation’s permissive attitude toward guns. Is a dangerous and harebrained absolutism about weaponry really the issue on which American conservatives want to practice exceptionalism?

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?

The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.

If you look at the country that its top politicians hardly mention without defensively wielding the words “exceptional” or “indispensable,” the exceptional thing is this: As a great power, the United States still stands alone on planet earth, and Americans can exhibit all the paranoia they want in remarkable safety and security.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



STUDY: Share of Immigrants in U.S. Nears Early 20th-Century Highs

The immigration of 59 million people to the U.S. since 1965, when Congress ended quotas that overwhelmingly favored Northern Europeans, has more than quadrupled the number of immigrants in the country.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: U.S. Is Greatest Threat to World Peace

In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology” delivered at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky discussed the persistent notion of U.S. exceptionalism, Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Pope Francis’ Appeal Bridges Great Divides

At the start of his weeklong visit to the United States, The New York Times notes that the pontiff is inspiring support ranging from respectful to enthusiastic from people across religious traditions.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


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Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis, a Voice of Humanity in the Refugee Crisis

The pontiff’s call to let fleeing people into our homes and hearts stands in opposition to pitiless demands that the door be slammed in their faces in Europe and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE



Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ low-income black residents have been displaced, with gentrification entailing a dramatic transformation of the city’s class structure and cultural identity.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Women’s Equality Day: Whatever Happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?

Wednesday marks the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. But let’s not forget that the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. This video examines why the ERA, despite having been written in 1923, still hasn’t passed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter: One Year After Ferguson

Marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hand of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, professor John A. Powell discusses how we can create a society in which black lives really do matter.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



John Kerry: Vietnam War Was a ‘Profound Failure’ of Diplomacy

Visiting Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the conflict that ended 40 years ago a failure of diplomacy that advocates of war ought to bear in mind.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body

In an excerpt from her new book, “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” Susan Southard takes us directly beneath the mushroom cloud over Nagaskai with five teenage survivors, through the very first moments of what has become an unending nuclear age.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE



We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge From a 30-Year Cold War

Don’t sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Slams Republican Candidates’ ‘Lack of Decorum’

Breaking with diplomatic protocol, the president lashed out at Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz during an official visit to Ethiopia.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021

Fast-food workers throughout the state won a hard-fought and important victory Wednesday: a $15 minimum wage.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE


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