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Cora Currier: Based on a Vague Tip, the FBI Can Surveil Anyone

Previously unreleased information shows just how powerful an intelligence apparatus the FBI draws on even for low-level checks, known as “assessments”

Jim Hightower: The 2017 State of the Plate: Sustaining the Push to a healthy, humane, and human-scale food system

The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have

Erica Chenoweth: How Civil Resistance Can Topple a Dictator

Historical studies suggest that it takes 3.5% of a population engaged in sustained nonviolent resistance to topple brutal dictatorships

Sarah Posner:  Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination

If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity

Sam Pizzigati: America’s Construction Carnage

As unions decline, construction workers are dying at alarming rates

Richard Greeman: Popular Resistance versus the Trump Regime

As we saw in “Not Our President: Part I,” the massive, spontaneous, popular resistance to Trump that poured into the streets in the giant post-Inauguration Women’s March had been welling up since election night. Trump and his ruthless, racist, reactionary White House gang now in power, our diverse, multiform, self-organized  resistance will have its work Read more…

Hawzhin Azeez: Women’s cooperatives: A glimpse into Rojava’s economic model

Zahra Shexo bends over her sewing machine and meticulously, but expertly allows the course material to run through her fingers and under the pointed needle of the machine. The sound of over a dozen women’s laughter and conversation intermixes with the repetitive mechanical sounds of the sewing machines in the large room. The sewing room Read more…

Ramzy Baroud: Clamoring for Israeli Approval: Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

The Trump administration’s gamble in moving the US embassy is likely to ignite a political fire throughout Palestine and the Middle East with horrific and irreversible outcomes

Marianne Schnall: Why We March: 15 Women Leaders Offer Strategies to Advance the Movement

“If ever there was a time when we needed all hands on deck, it’s now.”

Vincent Emanuele: ‘There is no precedent for these protests’

The more we can focus our critiques on the institutions of power and not those who temporarily occupy those institutions, the more successful we’ll be in the long-term

John Feffer: Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

Trump’s extremely effective at dividing and conquering his opponents. What would it take for progressives to divide his supporters?

Sarah Jaffe: After the Apocalypse: Trying to Describe Reality in Unreal Times

Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, I’ve seen several photos of chalkboards in front of bookstores, reading something along the lines of, “Dystopian Fiction Has Now Been Moved to Current Events.” It’s a good joke, and one that gets a lot of clicks and reposts on Facebook and Twitter. For a journalist, Read more…

Len Shindel: Building Trades Leadership Undercuts Activists

Why the hell would union leaders praise Trump without simultaneously crediting the years of struggle by the nation’s best trade union activists, lawyers and economists to turn around trade policy?

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump’s Mission Creep Just Took a Giant Leap Forward

In just a few days the new president has upended the rules of democracy with a clumsy heavy-handedness worse than we imagined

Fran Shor: Whither the Resistance?

Resistance movements will obviously require certain levels of sacrifice, but ones that, at the same time, should prefigure the kind of society where common goods and services are readily available to all

William Greider:  Trump’s Harvest of Shame

The goal of his Muslim ban is to stampede the public into accepting even more extreme measures in the name of self-defense

Melvin A. Goodman: “Mad Dog” Mattis Just Another Pussycat

Donald Trump pointedly drove to the Pentagon on Friday to close U.S. borders to refugees from around the world; to block families indefinitely fleeing the slaughter in Syria; and to suspend immigration from seven Muslim countries.  With Secretary of Defense James Mattis smiling over his shoulder, Trump established a religious test for refugees from Muslim Read more…

David Harvey: Rebel Cities, Urban Resistance and Capitalism

Massive wealth and capital haven’t budged one bit, so far. We have to give it a huge push if we want to see something different in our society

Jeremy Kuzmarov: The New Merchants of Death

Social movements ought to place private military contractors at the center of a broader critique of authoritarian neoliberalism and America’s permanent war economy

Robert Lipsyte: Football Is Trumpball Lite

Can Kaepernick Save Us?

David Swanson: The Next Step in Caring

Airport resistance is the biggest step forward by the U.S. public in years

Andrew Dolan: It’s time to really take control

The left must match the anti-establishment rhetoric of the right, but with a different politics

Juan Cole: Trump Can’t Make America Great Again without Immigrants

In 2016, the US birthrate fell to 59.6 births per 1,000 women, the lowest ever recorded. Birth rates rise and fall over time, so the rate may not stay stuck at that level. It seems clear, however, that white nationalists like Trump’s evil genius Steve Bannon are doomed to be disappointed if they think that Read more…

Lauren McCauley: Message To Dems: Block Neil Gorsuch Nomination ‘Using All Available Means’

President Trump’s pick for U.S. Supreme Court called ‘extreme’ and ‘disastrous’

Adam Withnall: Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ could be just the beginning, Amnesty International warns

Protests at US airports continued into a second day on Monday, while the Screen Actors’ Guild awards in California on Sunday night were dominated by stars’ political messages in defiance of the new administration

Henry A. Giroux: Democracy in Exile and the Curse of Totalitarianism

With his white supremacist ideology and racist contempt for Muslims on full display, President Trump has issued an executive order banning all Syrians and people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States. In doing so, he has not only made visible, and without apology, his embrace of the frenzied lawlessness of authoritarianism, Read more…

Badri Raina: On the pursuit of greatness

Technology now makes it possible for the smart ones to circumvent those laborious spans of time and effort, and to generate what may properly be nomenclatured selfie forms of greatness

Juan Cole: Trump’s Alt-Reality: White Terrorism against Mosque justifies Muslim Ban

Trump staffer Stephen Miller, an arch-conservative, defended Trump’s Muslim ban on television Monday by pointing to Europe, where he alleged there were Muslim ghettos that bred radicalism over generations. While a tiny number of Muslim Europeans deriving from poor neighborhoods have become radicals, they don’t actually appear to come from fundamentalist families and several were Read more…

David Swanson: Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

If the point is just to document corruption by Trump, why reach and stretch for a speculative possibility, when you’ve got a solid case sitting in your lap?

Patrick Cockburn: May’s visit to Turkey shows how desperate she is to strike trade deals

Erdogan will be seen as endorsing the destruction of Turkish democracy; he is replacing it with a presidential system as dictatorial and repressive as anything seen in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s

Ryan Devereaux: Trump’s Muslim Ban Triggers Chaos, Heartbreak, and Resistance

Following an executive order signed late Friday, President Donald Trump on Saturday launched a sweeping attack on the travel rights of individuals from more than a half-dozen Muslim-majority countries, turning away travelers at multiple U.S. airports and leaving others stranded without answers — and without hope — across the world. Trump’s order triggered waves of Read more…

Stephanie Woodard: The Never-Ending Indian Wars: Spotlight Returns to Standing Rock

The drama and injustice on display at Standing Rock have taught a new generation of observers what Native Americans already know: Even today theirs is a brutal fight to survive.

Will Evans: New Bill Aims to Stop Discrimination and Exploitation in the Temp Industry

As a teenager, Carol Ammons worked as a temporary employee for a factory that needed extra labor over the holiday season. Now, as an Illinois state representative, Ammons is hoping to change the very nature of temp work in Illinois. The Champaign-Urbana Democrat announced new legislation Wednesday that takes on discrimination and exploitation in an Read more…

Kathy Kelly: Divest from War, Invest in People

We need to reject Trump’s executive orders in substance as well as style, living more simply so that others may simply live

Marjorie Cohn: Remembering People’s Lawyer Len Weinglass

“I want to spend my time defending people who have committed their time to progressive change. That’s the criteria”

Nomi Prins: The Goldman Sachs Effect

How a Bank Conquered Washington

Teressa Rose Ezell: Black Snakes on the Move: Pipeline Expansion Out of Control

The US is already home to approximately 2.5 million miles of underground gas and oil pipeline. For the sake of comparison, only one other country exceeds 100,000 pipeline miles: Russia, with 161,502 miles

Emily Crockett: How the global gag rule will hurt women and families

Trump’s expansion of the gag rule won’t reduce abortion. But it will stop poor women from getting birth control, and kill programs that help war-torn communities

April M. Short: Protests Erupt Nationwide Against Trump’s Muslim Ban for Second Day

People continued to gather, march, chant and hold vigils in at least 40 protests nationwide

Norman Solomon: Is Rachel Maddow Becoming a Liberal Glenn Beck? So It Seem

For countless U.S. reporters and pundits as well as Democrats in Congress, the temptation to attack Trump as a servant of Putin is irresistible

Robert Fisk: Donald Trump’s arbitrary, cruel ban on refugees from Muslim countries sets a chilling precedent

This vile piece of legislation is not aimed at nations. It’s targeting refugees, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Juan Cole: German Ambassador 1933: “Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at ‘Immigrants’”

The excerpts of these two newspaper articles can be read as allegories for our own moment, substituting Trumpism for national socialism and Muslims for Jews

Juan Cole: The Sadism of Racist Exclusion: Courts Temporarily Block Trump

Picking on immigrants and refugees is the act of a sadistic bully, since they are the one fairly large group of residents of the United States whose constitutional rights are disputed. The executive order Trump signed late on Friday suspending entrance to the United States for citizens of seven countries and cancelling the US refugee Read more…

Marcelo Rochabrun: Trump Order Will Block 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents from Returning to America From Trips Abroad

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards

H. Patricia Hynes: War and Warming: Can We Save the Planet Without Taking on the Pentagon?

Our hope for turning the tide will come from local, community-based campaigns and actions

Martin Legall: The ZAD: an autonomous zone in the heart of France

In a heroic struggle of solidarity and resistance, locals and activists of the ZAD have been fighting against the construction of an airport for many years

Conn Hallinan: Blundering Into A War With China

Nonetheless, such a clash would be catastrophic. It would torpedo global trade, inflict trillions of dollars damage on each side, and the odds are distressingly high that the war could go nuclear

Chris Mahin: January 1948: Tragic death of immigrant workers inspires a song of solidarity

The fire began over Los Gatos Canyon. It started in the left engine-driven fuel pump. The plane crashed 20 miles west of Coalinga, California, on January 28, 1948. It came down into hills which, as one commentator noted, at that time of year are “a beautiful green, splendid with wildflowers … a place of breathtaking Read more…

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump’s Demolition Derby

In just a few days, Donald Trump seems to have set out to wreck government and turn over the remains to his plutocrat friends

Ryan Devereaux: “A Hostile Act”: Mexico Braces for Trump’s Border Wall

Less than one week into his presidency, Donald Trump has taken the first steps in making his vision of a massive barrier between the U.S. and Mexico a reality, signing an executive order Wednesday afternoon calling for the “immediate” construction of a sprawling border wall to separate the two nations. Though the move is likely to Read more…

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