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Eric Levitz: We Must Cancel Everyone’s Student Debt

For the economy’s sake

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Jack Rasmus: US Stocks’ ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ and Second 1,000 point Drop

Margin buyers will prove desperate stock sellers, driving stock prices even lower in coming weeks, entering yet another new phase

Steven Gorelick: Technology and its Discontents

Tucked within the pages of the January issue of the ‘Agriview’, a monthly farm publication published by the State of Vermont, was a short survey from the Department of Public Service (DPS). Described as an aid to the Department in drafting their “Ten Year Telecom Plan”, the survey contains eight questions, the first seven of Read more…

David Palumbo-Liu: McCarthyism is back

I’m a Stanford professor accused of being a terrorist

Shaun King: NFL Boycott Was Historic Moment in Struggle for Justice

We should never support a corporation that has done to a person what the NFL has done to Colin Kaepernick. Because if a company can do it to him and we accept it, they can do it to any of us

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Juan Cole: US won’t give Iraq a Dime for Reconstruction

In an exclusive, Reuters reports today that the Trump administration is going into the Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait next week with no plans to contribute a dime to the effort. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend. Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi estimates that Iraq needs $100 billion to rebuild. The country is still Read more…

Various Contributors: 350.org’s Climate State of the Union

In response to Trump’s State of the Union, advocates push for a a fossil fuel free future that is “owned by the people, and for the people”

Christine Ahn: While the Two Koreas Talk, Trump Is Throwing Shade

The White House seems hell bent on hijacking an Olympic moment of inter-Korean unity

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Jonathan Cook: Israel: DNA tests may provide answers on missing babies

Nazareth, Israel – Thousands of Israeli families who have been searching in vain for answers since their babies mysteriously disappeared in the early 1950s – shortly after Israel’s creation – have been thrown a lifeline. The mystery of the missing children has plagued Israel for decades, with evidence mounting that at least some of the babies Read more…

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Badri Raina: Safest Citizen in India of Today

Name the safest citizen In the India of today— Is it cop or minister, Judge or celebrity?   What a dated query you propose— It is none of the above; It is nothing that walks on two legs, It is the holy cow.   No cop, minister, or judge, No celebrity of any grade, Dare Read more…

Phil Wilmot: Organizing for a DRC without Kabila

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to 80 million people. Its land is so vast that a peat bog the size of England was discovered just four years ago. Yet, despite geographic distance, road inaccessibility, language diversity and internet blackouts, Congolese activists across the country — with the help of Catholic lay leaders Read more…

Rachel West: Free School Lunches Boost Earnings

The program’s benefits were seven times larger than the cost of the meals

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Noam Chomsky: Trump & Nukes

Here we have a world looking for salvation to China, of all places, when the United States is the wrecking machine that’s threatening destruction.

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John Pilger: The Power of Documentaries

In survey after survey, when people are asked what they would like more of on television, they say documentaries

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Vandana Shiva: Food Sovereignty

Two decades of corporate-driven globalization has destroyed the biodiversity and cultural diversity of our indigenous food systems, the health of people and the planet

Michelle Black Smith: #Hashtag Me TOO: Reflections on Women’s Solidarity

5 percent voted to elect the over 70, sexually aggressive, “pussy-grabbing” unproven and under-qualified man to the most powerful political office in the country.

Dawson Barrett: Ten Awesome High School Protests That Defied the Trump Agenda

Undeterred, muckraking student reporters continued to take seriously their own role as the Fourth Estate

Pete Dolack: Tax Cuts & Social Security

Lurking behind this devastating corporate offensive is the little matter of the extra $1.5 trillion to be added to the deficit.

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Marjorie Cohn: Gunning For Mueller

Since his investigation began in May, Mueller has already obtained two indictments and two guilty pleas

Jane McAlevey: #MeToo & Labor

There’s enough wealth in this country to allow the rich to be rich and still eradicate most barriers to a genuine women’s liberation, which starts with economic justice in the workplace

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Ramzy Baroud: Will 2018 Usher in a new Palestinian Strategy?

TheTrump Administration suffocated all optimism as soon as it took over the White House, with a promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognizing, in defiance of international law, the Holy City as Israel’s capital

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Lawrence Wittner: The “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper

According to a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, sales of weapons and military services by the world’s largest 100 corporate military purveyors in 2016 (the latest year for which figures are available) rose to $375 billion

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Jack Rasmus: Breibart Billionaire Board Bashes Bannon

In the months ahead the Republican wing—for whom Trump has nicely delivered in the form of tax cuts in the trillions of dollars and with whom Trump is now playing ball with regard to free trade—will circle the wagons on behalf of Trump. The Republican party wing of the elite don’t want to drive Trump from the White House

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Michael Albert: Values

Chapter 17 of RPS/2044

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Event’s listings

  Events   EVOLUTION/RELIGION – February 10-12 will be the annual celebration of Evolution Weekend, intended to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith.   Contact: http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/.   MUSIC – The Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp Read more…

Andrea J. Ritchie: Police Violence Against Women of Color

Interview on how women of color and gender non-conforming people are the most vulnerable to police violence, yet their plight remains unaddressed by both media and legislators

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Victoria Law: Efforts to Decrease Prison Populations Leaving Women Behind

Women have become the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population

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Ramzy Baroud: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance with Israel

Foreign Policy for Sale

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Nick Turse: Drug Wars, Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million

Pentagon Watchdog Calls Out Two Commands for Financial Malfeasance

Sherrilyn Ifill: “They were Both Cops & Robbers”

Baltimore Police Scandal Exposes Theft, Cover-Ups & Drug Peddling

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Patrick Cockburn: Turkey recruiting ex-Isis fighters in Syria?

Former Isis fighters say that Turkey is using the name of the now defunct, Western-backed Free Syrian Army to conceal its use of jihadi mercenaries

Jamie Kalven: The First Amendment Transcends the Law

It Gives Us Strength in Dark Times

Sharmini Peries: The Rise and Fall of the Stock Market

After such a sharp run-up in stock prices, “it really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that you’re going to see some downturn in the market”

Secky Fascione: Going on Offense During Challenging Times

Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG) campaigns are expanding and spreading across the country. These campaigns offer important lessons on how unions, racial justice organizations, and other community groups can go on offense and win in these challenging times. The upcoming Janus decision at the Supreme Court, which threatens the membership and financial base of Read more…

Elizabeth Stanfield: Workers’ unlikely victory in Tennessee

The uniqueness of UCW — a union made up of higher education staff, faculty, and graduate students from 18 campuses across the state — helps explain this victory

Kirsten Weld: DACA: The Agony of an Uncertain Path Forward

With DACA’s expiration date slated for March 5, Republicans are betting that Democrats will prioritize mid-term elections over the fight to protect 800,000 young immigrants

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Glenn Greenwald: Concerns for Due Process and Civil Liberties Are Highly Selective

A look at the Nunes Memo and Katie Roiphe article

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Marjorie Cohn: Pentagon to Allow Nuclear Responses to Non-Nuclear Attacks

Amid the media frenzy surrounding the Nunes-Trump memo, the Pentagon officially released its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) last week. The NPR calls for the development of leaner, meaner nuclear weapons and lowers the threshold for the use of nukes. Donald Trump must be thrilled. During the presidential campaign, he questioned a senior foreign policy adviser about Read more…

Sarah Aziza: Worker cooperatives offer real alternatives

Announcing his presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised the nation that he’d become “the greatest job president God ever created.” His plan to accomplish this rested on a retrograde economic vision that would “make America great again,” by restoring waning coal and manufacturing jobs, as well as putting an end to the alleged assault on Read more…

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Kevin Zeese: Our New National Defense Strategy

Great Power Conflict and Arms Race

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Leonard Peltier: Still Struggling For Freedom After 43 Years

I need your help. I need your help today! A day in prison for me is a lifetime for those outside because I am isolated from the world

John Atcheson: Taxation by Another Name

Trump’s infrastructure plan is another in the long line of policies designed to benefit the private sector, and keep the public sector small and ineffective

Roy Bourgeois: There Will Be Forced Migration

We often debate the pros and cons of welcoming immigrants here. We seldom consider the U.S. impact on the countries they leave

Steve Leigh: Seattle school bus drivers take on a bully

A report on a Teamsters strike against a wealthy multinational corporation that’s refusing to provide health care or pensions to its workers

Youngsu Won: Contextualizing South Korea’s Winter Olympics

This winter has been extremely cold in South Korea, with temperatures regularly reaching well below -10oC – perhaps another sign of climate change. One of the coldest places has been Pyeongchang, a small town in Gangwon Province, which is just below the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and is set to host the Winter Olympics between February Read more…

Lawrence Wilkerson: On Iran, Trump Following Iraq War Playbook

Trump is following a similar path on Iran — with the main difference being that the outcome now could “be significantly worse”

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Dilip Hiro: Donald Trump Offers a Helping Hand to China and Russia

Giving American Isolationism New Meaning in the Twenty-First Century

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Jack Rasmus: Stock Markets Implode Worldwide—What’s Next?

The professionals are taking their money and running, leaving the ‘herd’ of small investors holding the empty bag

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Vandana Shiva: Seed Freedom and the Future of Farming

In an era of climate change, rejuvenating and regenerating the soil through ecological processes has become a survival imperative for the human species

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Steve Ellner: Tillerson’s Latin American Tour

U.S. Secretary 0f State Rex Tillerson’s Latin American tour may be without precedent in U.S. diplomatic history: but it is perfectly compatible with Washington’s world-wide strategy

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