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John Feffer: Killer Presidents

From Duterte to Trump, a new crop of populist leaders are reviving a tried and true method of demonstrating leadership — killing people

Lee Fang: Civil Rights Groups, Funded by Telecoms, Back Donald Trump’s Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

It’s not the first time civil rights group have engaged in lobbying debates seemingly unrelated to their core missions, but in favor of their corporate donors

Luke Walsh-Mellet: More Repression, More Fightback! El Salvador’s Labor Movement Defends the Minimum Wage

On January 1, workers in El Salvador won a big increase in the minimum wage—in some cases doubling their pay.

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Vijay Prashad: Trump, turmoil and resistance

Popular resistance strengthened the spine of these leaders, many of whom come from political traditions not used to such forthright resistance

Silva Mathema: Trump Preparing to Open New Front in His Dangerous, Misguided War on Immigrants

Trump’s executive order would not simply affect foreign-born individuals. CAP’s analysis finds that the majority of immigrant-headed households, especially those receiving SNAP or TANF, include one or more citizens

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Marjorie Cohn: Trump Challenges the Limits of Executive Power

The responsibility of the courts to check the president’s authority has been a core part of the US governmental framework since its inception

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Neve Gordon: Trump’s One-State Option

Decades of US diplomacy were cast aside in an instant

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Glenn Greenwald: Trump, War on Terror, and citizen activism

Interview on the War on Terror, Trump, and the ‘special relationship’

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Suren Moodliar: The Black-Bloc Riot Is Not the Problem*

Those of us who are actually forgotten are a silenced majority – even when we are mobilized, it is often our bodies that are claimed while our voices are reduced to a cacophony

Jeanette Vizguerra: Undocumented Mother in Sanctuary: I’ve Paid Taxes for 20 Years, Why Hasn’t Trump?

If you’re going to deport me, are you going to return 20 years of labor and taxes to me before I go, everything that I’ve contributed here?

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann: The recidivism rate for graduates of the Bard Prison Initiative is 2 percent—compared to a national rate of return to prison of over 50 percent.

The following is an excerpt from the new book Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (The New Press, February 2017):  On a hot June day in 2008, I sat with about one hundred other visitors in the yard of the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in upstate New York. We had come for the Read more…

Clare Foran: The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ in Red States

“This isn’t a fad, it’s not going away, and there’s nothing coastal or elite about it”

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CJ Polychroniou: Greece Under Continuous Siege: Syriza’s Disastrous Political Stance

The Greek crisis has its actual origins in two directly related developments: first, in the internal dynamics of Greek political culture; and second, in the fact that Greece was ill-equipped to join the euro when it did

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Juan Cole: Tomorrow, they will say, “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press”

When someone like Trump moves the signposts on allowable public discourse, things can get ugly fast

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Glenn Greenwald: Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal & Wholly Justified

While congressional Democrats and some Republicans are pushing for probes into President Trump’s ties to Russia, Trump has focused largely on going after those who have leaked information to the press. On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign after The Washington Post reported on leaks of classified intelligence revealing that Flynn had Read more…

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David Swanson: Can the Climate Survive Adherence to War and Partisanship?

The biggest destroyer of the natural environment is the military

Sol Trumbo Vila: Report from the second Citizen’s Assembly of Podemos

The mandate from the Podemos Assembly is to go forwards in unity and with humility

Matt Ford: Trump Concedes Defeat on Travel Ban––For Now

The Justice Department said Thursday it would issue a revised version of its controversial travel ban after federal judges blocked its implementation

Jesselyn Radack: Alternative “Facts”

When the President so readily spreads false propagandist narratives, investigative journalists and their sources must forcefully embrace their role as the “Fourth Estate”

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Patrick Cockburn: Mosul will be completely ‘destroyed’ in battle to liberate it from Isis, senior Iraqi politician warns

The Iraqi armed forces will eventually capture west Mosul, which is still held by Isis fighters, but the city itself will be destroyed in the fighting, a senior Iraqi politician told The Independent in an interview. Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader who until last year was the Iraqi finance minister and prior to that the Read more…

Socialist Resistance: World politics after Trump and Brexit

There will be no end of crisis and reaction without the building of a radical, anti-capitalist alternative in the United States and around the world

Steven Rosenfeld: A United States of Hate Has Exploded Under Trump

The Trump administration has ripped the lid off a Pandora’s Box of racial, right-wing hate as the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals

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Sarah Lazare: There Is a Growing Movement Across the Legal Community to Plan a Nationwide Walkout Against Trump

Legal professionals are throwing their weight behind Friday’s call for a mass strike

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Frida Berrigan: Loving America and Resisting Trump

The New Patriotism

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Ramzy Baroud: Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying.

For decades, Israeli officials spoke passionately about peace, and did everything in their power to hinder its attainment. Now, they simply do not care. Period

Oliver Ortega: After Nationwide ICE Raids, 50,000 People in Milwaukee Rose up to Say the Arrests Were Wrong

Activists have packed the streets across the country in a show of resistance to the anti-immigrant policies of President Donald Trump and local officials supporting him

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…

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

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…

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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

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…

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