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Les Leopold: How Runaway Inequality Helped to Elect Trump and How It Can Defeat Him

We are unlikely to win back Obama-to-Sanders-to-Trump voters until we rekindle the spirit of Occupy Wall Street and the Sanders campaign

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David Swanson: Which Washington Crimes Matter Most?

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and disqualified for public service. (Though I still appreciate his blurting out the obvious regarding the Read more…

Joshua Frank: On Trump, Russia and US Intel: “The Goal of Impeachment”

Andrew Smolski: What do you make of the recent New York Times story that Trump aides have had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence? Is it because of the insults toward US intel agencies? Or are they genuinely that motivated for a war with Russia? Is this just incompetence on the part of Trump and Co.? Read more…

Ronald Brownstein: The Formidable Checks and Balances Imposing on President Trump

His plans have been complicated by virtually every counterforce, at home and abroad, that can limit a president

Sam Husseini: Progressives Need to Think Through Implications of Flynn’s Resignation

Many people who consider themselves progressive are stoked that Trump’s National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned as the result of charges surrounding his discussions with a Russian ambassador while Trump was President-elect. Congressional Democrats want to use the Flynn story to go after Trump. As Representative Nancy Pelosi said: “After Flynn resignation, FBI must accelerate Read more…

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Michael Albert: Anti-Trump: Two Movements, Many Tendencies

we need to find ways to navigate toward solidarity and mutual aid among contending perspectives

Kali Holloway: Time Is Already Running Out on Our Democracy

Americans must dispense with wishful thinking about institutions helping to curb Trump’s power

Maya Evans: I was six when the Russians came

The story of Farzana, translated by her daughter Zarghuna and written up by Maya Evans. When I was six life was good, I didn’t know anything outside my mother and father’s world. In the village where I lived it was possible to see the mud houses from far away. The Baba Mountains stretched forever into the distance. Read more…

Dawn Neptune Adams: Standing Rock: Come help, come prepared

The people who are still here are the strong ones. They’re not here to play. They have suffered through unimaginable things. And they still stand. So come help, but come prepared

Vann R. Newkirk II: A Political Opening for Universal Health Care?

In the turmoil over the fate of Obamacare, the idea of universal health care has emerged as a third way among voters in both parties

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John Feffer: Will Trump Complete the Pivot to Asia?

Trump guided his business empire into bankruptcy an extraordinary six times in the past. Asians should obviously think twice about linking arms with such a volatile political ally and such an unreliable business partner

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Robert Fisk: There’s a reason why not a single Arab dictator has called out Donald Trump so far

If the President toured these Arab dictatorships, he’d feel very much at home. Great security, fantastic police, lots of torture, alternative facts, extremely dodgy elections and massive economic projects which damage the environment but prove absolutely useless

Farron Cousins: America Is Suffering From A Very Real Water Crisis That Few Are Acknowledging

We’re pricing a third of United States citizens out of the water market

Jessica González: FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Face New Attack

President Donald Trump’s newly appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has begun to attack net neutrality rules and other consumer protections

Mario Vasquez: Boeing Workers Face “Constant Barrage of Misinformation” Ahead of Union Vote

Anti-union sentiment runs high in South Carolina, where union membership is just 1.6 percent—the lowest in the nation

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Linda Gordon: Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of the Japanese American Internment

Shortly after Franklin Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese Americans in 1942, the War Location Authority hired photographer Dorothea Lange to document the process. I strongly suspect that whoever made the decision knew little about her previous work, but learned that she had worked for the federal government and that she lived in California, where Read more…

Andrea Muehlebach: The Irish water insurgency: no more blood from these stones

After the government tried to privatize and raise the costs of water, the Irish drew a line: “they are not going to draw any more blood from those stones.”

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Michael T. Klare: America Third: Donald Trump Is Giving the Phrase “Multipolar World” New Meaning

For all his talk of placing America’s interests first, Donald Trump appears to be advancing the interests of China and Russia

Sam Levin: Military Veterans Return to Standing Rock to Form a Human Shield against Police

A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them

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Allie Yee: Southern cities face growing efforts by state and federal officials to block local progress

The South’s progressive cities have a target on their back. Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina, was blocked by state lawmakers from enacting a policy to protect transgender bathroom access and LGBT rights. That same year, the state of Alabama overturned a local minimum wage increase in Birmingham. And in 2015, residents in Denton, Texas, lost Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: No wall could hurt Mexico as much as NAFTA has

It is the long-term damage that Washington has helped visit upon the Mexican economy that has brought us to the point where a U.S. president could even propose such a monstrosity

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Richard Falk: Israel Legalizes Settlement Options as a Prelude to the Netanyahu Visit to Trumpland

Responses to four questions posed by Rodrigo Craveiro, a journalist from the Brazilian newspaper Correio Braziliense 1- How do you see the decision of the Knesset taken last night about legalizing settlement outposts and what are the likely consequences of this legislative initiative?  It is one more act of defiance by Israel that is both Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Isis

A confrontation will probably come in a year or two, when previous policies conceived under Obama have run their course. Trump may feel that he has to show how much tougher he is than his predecessor

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Jonathan Cook: Trump and Israel: Flashpoint of Jerusalem hangs over White House meeting

Sensitivities over the city and its holy places loom large as the US president and Netanyahu due to meet

Steven Choi: California vs. Trump

Lawmakers Push to Become “Sanctuary State” Despite Threats from Washington

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Patrick Bond: In South Africa, entering stage left: Jacob Zuma’s ‘Radical Economic Transformation’ alternative factoids

  South Africa’s two main warring political blocs – the forces of Fiscal Patronage (‘Zuptas!’ in local parlance, referring to the immigrant Gupta family’s curious influence over the president’s family and government) versus the forces of Fiscal Prudence (‘Treasury neoliberals!’ to critics) – are still represented by two men who have begun to stumble on Read more…

Rajan Menon: Is President Trump Headed for a War with China?

All Options Are “On The Table”

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Juan Cole: Can Peak Gerrymandering by GOP be Challenged by Progressives?

In a dramatic outcome that could well change national politics, a Federal court last November found Wisconsin’s highly gerrymandered electoral districts to be unconstitutional, since they were clearly designed to deprive Democrats of the vote. As WaPo points out, if other states with extreme gerrymandering are also taken on by the courts, or if the Read more…

Kathy Roberts Forde: Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

The U.S. criminal justice system is riven by racial disparity. The Obama administration pursued a plan to reform it. An entire news organization, The Marshall Project, was launched in late 2014 to cover it. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and The Sentencing Project are dedicated to unmaking a system that unjustly targets people of color. Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Despite appearances, Israel is in for a rough ride under Donald Trump

They might get the US embassy moved to Jerusalem – but they might also be very worried that Steve Bannon is going to provoke a war with Iran

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David Swanson: Chasing a Northern Confederate Out of the South

Un-indoctrinating people with troop propaganda requires conversations that don’t fit on television. Those are very worthwhile, but they take lots of time

Kirsten Han: Having community makes big struggles possible

Build networks and campaigns and movements, but just as importantly, build relationships

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Alexandra Bradbury: Staples Removed: How Postal Workers Defeated a Privatization Scheme

The Staples boycott is over, and the union won. The Postal Workers (APWU) announced January 5 that the Postal Service will terminate its deal with Staples, closing down the 540 “mini-post offices” inside stores by the end of February and nixing plans to expand them to all 1,600 locations. The union fought for three years Read more…

Sean McElwee: Trump’s supporters believe a false narrative of white victimhood — and the data proves it

Trump voters believe that whites and Christians face discrimination — but they call the left sensitive snowflakes

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Jeremy Brecher: How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump

The linked defense of the workers and the climate lie at the core of Social Self-Defense against Trump and Trumpism

Richie Davis: Local progressives continue working toward ‘Political Revolution’

“Because we’re seen as an active group, actually doing stuff, the work we’re doing is giving people hope”

Denis Rogatyuk: Podemos at the crossroads

The left-wing anti-austerity party Podemos is planning to hold its second country-wide citizens’ assembly (Vistalegre II) on February 11th-12th to decide the political direction, organisational structure and its electoral strategy for the next regional and general elections. In the last several months, tensions have risen between the two major figures within Podemos — Pablo Iglesias Read more…

Lonnie Ray Atkinson: The paperclips are winning

Calling the police on corporations

Gabrielle Gurley: Dakota Access Pipeline Fight May Open New Chapter of Indian-Federal Conflict

The president’s signature on an executive order could reignite the clashes between Native Americans and their supporters—and their historic adversaries

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Paul Krugman: When the Fire Comes

We can’t handle another post-9/11-style suspension of doubt about the man in charge; if that happens, America as we know it will soon be gone

David Price: Tyrannic Man’s Dominion: Trump Era Physical Sciences Approaching Social Sciences’ Marginal Status

Trump is remarkably frank about what he doesn’t want to know; he intends to limit the impact of independent science on informing the policies of his administration

Ari Honarvar: I’m A Refugee From A Banned Country— This Is My American Story

These refugees are escaping terror, and the robust vetting process protecting our borders ensures that this is the case. Yet many of my fellow Americans support the Muslim ban

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John Feffer: Steven Bannon’s Real Vision Isn’t America First. It’s America Alone.

How long will the wealthy of Wall Street and the well-connected of Washington continue to follow Bannon and company down this road of reactionary revolution?

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Kshama Sawant: A Socialist Strategy to Defeat Trump

Trump can be defeated. But to do so we must base ourselves on bold struggle, unity in action, and the enormous social power of the American working class with it’s potential to shut down the capitalist system

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Sarah Lazare: Momentum Grows for a General Strike: Will Various Groups Come Together?

“This March 8 strike is about the women whose voices, histories and impact in society has been most left out of the three decades of neoliberalism”

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Ha-Joon Chang: Exposing the Myths of Neoliberal Capitalism

In the last few decades, the rich have been increasingly protected from the market forces, while the poor have been more and more exposed to them

Lindzi Wessel: The marches for science, on one global interactive map

“the time has long passed where it’s OK to stay silent”

Peter Knowlton: Iowa’s New Union-Busting Bill Is Worse Than Wisconsin

Republicans in both houses of the Iowa state legislature have introduced a bill that is aimed at destroying public sector unions and the rights of public employees in that state

M. Safa Saracoglu: The Catch-22 of Trump’s Muslim Ban: First, Bomb them, then Demand Vetting

On January 30, 2017, the President issued an executive order suspending entry of people from seven countries for 90 days. This ban proclaimed that people coming from these nations “would be detrimental to the interests of the US.” The suspension was designed to “temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies.” We are now trying to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The new Trump era

Noam Chomsky on the new Trump era – UpFront special

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