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Deirdre Fulton: ‘This Is the #NoDAPL Last Stand’: Tribe to Sue as Actions Planned Nationwide

‘We are a sovereign nation and we will fight to protect our water and sacred places from the brazen private interests trying to push this pipeline through,’ says Standing Rock Sioux tribe

Jack Rasmus: Despite Scrapping TPP, Donald Trump Is a Dedicated Free Trader

Whether multi or bilateral, free trade is free trade, and workers, consumers and the environment pay for the profits of corporations

International Strategy Center: A candlelight revolution

(Source: ingopress.com) Sitting in Gwanghwamun square, the screen rapidly dialed up to 10,000,000 as it added up the number of participants in the past ten candlelight protests. Every Saturday evening for the last two months of 2016, people had come out calling for impeachment in the streets. A few weeks before, the impeachment motion had Read more…

Medea Benjamin: In Trump’s World Where Money Talks, Saudi Arabia Gets a Free Pass

Protecting Saudi Arabia is not new; it has been US policy since the discovery of oil in the desert nation in the 1930s

Kenrya Rankin: When It Comes to Racial Wealth Gap, Structural Racism Always Wins

“Individual choices are not sufficient to erase a century of accumulated wealth: structural racism trumps personal responsibility.”

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s settlers clear path to annexation with new land law

The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the final fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits

Dave Zirin: Political Fervor Thrums Beneath the Super Bowl’s Surface

Outside the stadium, Houston saw a weekend of protests, culminating in the participation of more than 1,000 people in a Sunday march that stretched over one half a mile

Tom Engelhardt: Crimes of the Trump Era (a Preview)

The 25/8 News Cycle Is Already Rolling, But the Looting of America Hasn’t Really Begun

Juan Cole: Yemen withdraws blanket approval for US action after Trump’s botched Raid

If you were looking for Yemeni allies you might have wanted to avoid alienating the whole country by locking them out of the US

Steven Rosenfeld: Trump’s Tweets Are a Sideshow: His Executive Orders Are Building a Corporate State

The Trump era heralds a growing assault on basic government and progressive values

Ruth Needleman: Is It Time for the AFL and the CIO to Part Ways Again?

Now more than ever we need a strong united labor movement. We do not, however, have one

Walden Bello: Trump’s Travel Ban: The View from One Permanently on U.S. Immigration’s Watch List

Trump’s ban isn’t about national security. It’s about race, religion, and cultural exclusion

Alicia Garza: Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will

I’ve been grappling with how to challenge cynicism in a moment that requires all of us to show up differently. On Saturday, I joined more than a million women in Washington, D.C., to register my opposition to the new regime. Participating in the Women’s March — if you count satellite protests around the country, the largest one-day mobilization Read more…

Paul Mason: Trump’s advisers want a new civil war – we must not let them have it

Both Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich engage in dangerous fantasies about US history – and come to chilling conclusions about the future

Amber Jamieson: After the Women’s March: six mass US demonstrations to join this spring

Organizers across the US are riding the momentum of the post-inauguration march to mobilize in solidarity with scientists, immigrants, LGBT people and more

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Imagine a Women’s March against Black genocide and the struggle of Tennie White

For a government that operates on lies and deceptions, the persecution of this activist must be seen as a part of a pattern and practice of criminalizing people who challenge corporate power

Stan Cox: Facebook Server Farm Powered by “Clean Energy” Will Increase Denmark’s Greenhouse Emissions

Last month, the social-media giant Facebook announced plans to build a new data center near Odense, Denmark. The expansion of server capacity was needed, the company said, to support “richer content” such as live-streaming and virtual reality. The Facebook executive who made the public announcement (live-streamed, of course), noted that the new facility would have Read more…

Richard Falk: Ways of Living With ‘Alternative Facts’: An Anecdote

The interpretation of facts is what creates the social and political fabric of life

Phyllis Bennis: The Trump Administration Is Recklessly Escalating Tensions With Iran

There could be dire consequences

Norman Solomon: Let the Impeachment of Trump Commence

A crucial test for democracy is whether people in high places can violate the law with impunity

Jalal Baig: Steve Bannon’s War with Islam: Trump May Not Even Understand His Adviser’s Apocalyptic Vision

Bannon has long yearned for a civilizational conflict between the West and the Muslim world. Now he may get it

Barbara Elias: Why Trump’s Immigration Order is a Tragedy for Everyone, Except Trump

For the moment, federal courts have interrupted the president’s immigration order. Judge Robart remarked in his Temporary Restraining Order that there is “no support” for the assertion that banning Syrian refugees and individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is likely to protect U.S. national security. On Sunday the Ninth District Court Read more…

Laurie Penny: Now everyone has seen Donald Trump’s true face – and the fightback can start

Trump is a unifying president: for his opponents

Jon Queally: From “Buy Pat Toomey’s Vote” to Office Protests: DeVos Stirs National Revolt

Louder than a “fictitious grizzly,” the nation’s parents, teachers, and students are roaring their disapproval of Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary

Juan Cole: “This Land:” The pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Guthrie at Half-Time

By beginning with Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and then switching to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is your Land,” Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta, 30) engaged in a subtle but very radical critique of the immigration and other policies of Donald J. Trump. Her switch at the end to quoting the pledge of allegiance with the Read more…

Jenny Nelson: How can we make the left sexy?

A report on a session at The World Transformed

Ira Chernus: Field of Fright

The Terror Inside Trump’s White House

Patrick Cockburn: Donald Trump’s Twitter aggression towards Iran will deepen sectarian conflict in the Middle East

In pursuit of an anti-Iranian line, the Trump administration is making the same mistake as that made by Western governments after the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world

Elizabeth Warren: 2017 Progressive Congress Strategy Summit Speech

“We need to make very clear that we, as progressives, as Democrats, as Americans, stand for a bold progressive agenda.”

David Swanson: The United States Is Innocent and Has Never Killed Anyone

During this last presidency, the United States developed a new policy of murdering people with missiles from drones. Other nations do not yet have anything to match it

Jim Sleeper: What’s Driving Donald’s Derangement of Democratic Discourse?

Trump is at once the embodiment and a parody of a society that’s lost that balance

Marjorie Cohn: Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

Countries exempted from the EO include Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates — countries where Trump apparently has business ties

Ted Glick: Debating Black Bloc Tactics

A healthy movement is one that allows for constructive debate over differences

Hannes Grassegger: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory?

George Monbiot: How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic

A secretive network of business lobbyists has long held sway in US politics. Now their allies in the UK government are planning a Brexit that plays into their hands

Moshe Marvit: Where’s the Best Place to Resist Trump? At Work.

From solidarity strikes to slowdowns and sit-ins, workplace revolt is a key strategy in opposing the new administration

Ma'an News Agency: Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against ‘racist’ Israeli state and home demolitions

Thousands rallied in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Saturday evening in protest of home demolitions targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel, with demonstrators calling the Israeli state’s demolition campaign “racist” and an act of “incitement” against Palestinian citizens. Protesters reportedly called on Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan to resign for “lying” to Read more…

Alastair Smith: “All political leaders would rather be dictators”

Trump can’t destroy democracy — at least not right away

Bill Fletcher: The Phenomenon of Right-Wing Populism

Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in Read more…

Marjorie Cohn: Gorsuch Endangers Civil, Human and Environmental Rights

As promised, President Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court a judge in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Neil Gorsuch, like Scalia, is an “originalist,” who interprets the Constitution the way he thinks the founders intended and a “textualist,” who favors the plain meaning of statutes and the Constitution. Gorsuch is a Read more…

John Bellamy Foster: Trump and Climate Catastrophe

This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice. —Donald Trump, January 2, 20141 The alarm bells are ringing. The climate-change denialism of the Trump administration, coupled with its goal of maximizing fossil-fuel extraction and consumption at all costs, Read more…

Sue Sturgis: The Big Money crisis facing state supreme courts

As attention turns to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, state courts that handle a million times more cases face an unprecedented threat to their integrity from secretive special-interest spending

Immanuel Wallerstein: Trump’s World Policy: The Two Hotspots

Mexico was arguably the principal subject of his entire campaign, first for the Republican nomination and then for the presidential election

Leah Fried: Five Steps to Maintain Unity and Membership under Right to Work

Unions have common cause with many other organized groups out there—and we will need each other in the years to come

Juan Cole: In Shocker, Federal Judge in Seattle Halts Trump Muslim Ban

When Trump issued his executive order halting immigration from seven countries, suspending the refugee program, and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely, I wrote that he might well get away with it, since the judiciary tends to defer to the executive on issues of national security and on foreign affairs. This one is both. But I was Read more…

Michael Lesher: Why do they hate us? An apology for my enemies

If these people wanted the facts they would have absorbed them long ago: today, the real difficulty is keeping one’s head deep enough in the sand to avoid knowing the facts

Paul Street: Unspeakable: the Black Book of Imperial Terrorism

American “mainstream” journalists who want to keep their paychecks flowing and their status afloat know they must report current events in a way that respects the taboo status of the nation’s underlying inequality and oppression structures and its savage and relentless imperial criminality. Those topics are understood as off limits, as beyond the narrow parameters Read more…

William D. Hartung: What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America

Pete Dolack: Wall Street bigger and badder than ever

Any form of democratic control of an economy would be impossible without banking and finance being reduced to a public utility, and thus serving to benefit communities rather than existing as a parasite

Vijay Prashad: What, Exactly, Is Going on in Syria?

The world’s media is lost in the twists and turns of factions and evolving geopolitics

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