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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

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…

Mel Gurtov: Essay for the New Year: The Calculated Destruction of America’s Government

It is truly extraordinary that the still-new Trump administration keeps appointing people whose common priority is the destruction of the agency they head.

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Edward S. Herman: Publishing Edward S. Herman

An important semantic development of the past decade that is closely related to the doublespeak of moderateness and extremism is the new usage of the concept of “special interests.”

Arman Sidhu: School Vouchers: The Silver Bullet of America’s Education

In instances where school vouchers have been partially adopted, the pedagogical results have been insignificant, if not shoddy

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Marjorie Cohn: Duty To Disobey

If the president ordered a nuclear strike, General Hyten said he would offer legal and strategic advice, but he would not violate the laws of war simply on the president’s say-so.

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Michael T. Klare: The Trump Doctrine

Of course, we don’t yet know the details of the coming Trumpian NPR. It will, however, certainly throw the Obama approach to the sharks and promote a far more robust role for nuclear weapons,

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Jack Rasmus: A Letter of Thanks To Our Wealthiest 1 Percent

Your stewardship of the U.S. economy has allowed us to keep 5 percent of all the national income created since the last recession in 2009; while you wealthiest 1 percent got to keep the other 95 percent
created since the last recession in 2009; while you wealthiest 1 percent got to keep the other 95 percent

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Mark Weisbrot: Trump Doubles Down On Sanctions and Regime Change

With encouragement from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other Republicans, Trump has been trying to help topple the elected government of Venezuela

Melissa A. Work: Essay for the New Year: Wondering When We Will Decide to Fix This

It was a nice warm evening where children, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, and friends gathered to listen to country music in Las Vegas, Nevada.

William Boardman: Mega Deaths From America

The U.S. naval blockade of Yemen has been unrelenting since March 2015.

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Zoltan Grossman: Olympia Train Blockade

For the second time in the past year, Washington activists blocked a train carrying oil fracking supplies from leaving the Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea The blockade camp prevented a possible shipment of ceramic proppants from being shipped to the Bakken oil shale basin in North Dakota, and possibly other fracking operations.

Morgan Humphrey: Assassination of Fred Hampton

U.S. law enforcement does an especially good job of quelling the dissidence of oppressed peoples, no matter how peaceful the leader.

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Jonathan Cook: The Dark Ages

Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west?

Emily Peck: Trump Makes It Harder to Report Harassment

The assault on women began almost instantly after the primal female scream that was the women’s march in January. That month, Trump signed his first executive order (surrounded by men), literally a “gag rule,” meant to prevent health clinics around the world from even talking about abortion.

Yael Bromberg: Punishing Dissent in the Age of Trump

On the morning of President Trump’s Inauguration, police trapped and arrested over 230 people. Some were anti-Trump demonstrators; some were not. The next day, federal prosecutors charged them all with “felony rioting,” a nonexistent crime in DC

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Stephen Zunes: Trump’s Reckless Action on Jerusalem

Neither party has acknowledged that Jerusalem is the commercial, cultural, educational, and religious center for Palestinian life.

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Marjorie Cohn: In Lockstep On Iran

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who spearheaded U.S. diplomacy with Iran, called Trump’s decision “a reckless abandonment of facts in favor of ego

Ana Hernández: Venezuelans Talk about the Bolivarian Revolution

The Bolivarian Revolution, ushered in by then-President Hugo Chávez, generally refers to the re-imagination of the Venezuelan Republic as a socialist nation

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Noam Chomsky: A Progressive U.S.?

It is also worth bearing in mind that among a significant part of his worshipful base, Trump is Regarded as a “wavering moderate” who cannot be fully trusted to hold fast to the true faith of fierce White Christian identity politics. A recent illustration is the primary victory of the incredible Roy Moore in Alabama despite Trump’s opposition

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Jack Rasmus: China Shifts Course

After 8 years of pumping free money into private banks, corporations, and investors, the U.S. central bank has begun a desperate effort to raise interest rates and try to slow the flow of liquidity

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Ben Dangl: America’s Longest War

President Trump is seeking a plan to have U.S. companies extract minerals from resource-rich Afghanistan

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Mark Weisbrot: Current Conflict in Spain Has A Lot To Do With Economic Failure

The anti-democratic character and fascist heritage of the PP goernment became glaringly evident when Rajoy sent thousands of troops into Catalonia in a failed attempt to stop people from voting

William Boardman: Trump’s Wonderland

Our Trump knows no bounds. Every time he tweets like this it’s another impeachable offense that the cowardly majority in Congress will ignore, or even follow. We know what kind of government our Trump would like us to have

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Don Fitz: Killing At Any Time

The verdict of Stockley’s “innocence” fell like a ton of bricks because, at some level, everyone knew what it meant: If he could not be convicted of any crime

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Jane Slaughter: Low-Wage Harassment

Sexual harassment doesn’t happen just to glamorous women in glamorous industries

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Ramzy Baroud: Walls and Militarized Police

For years, ordinary US citizens have been far-removed from the entire discussion on Israel and Palestine. The subject felt alien, marred by Hollywood propaganda, religious misconception and the lack of any understanding of history.

Rob Okun: Men And Sexual Assault in the Age of Trump

Sexual assault is not a women’s issue; it’s a community issue, and men, ready or not, we have to break our silence

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Meredith Tax: United Fronts

do we want a feminism for the 99 percent? Or a feminism of the 99 percent? And how can we know Clearly what we need now is a very big and powerful women’s movement, a united front of women, with room for different interests and organizations and politics.

Nicolas J.S. Davies: How America Spreads Global Chaos

The U.S. Government may pretend to respect a “rules-based” global order, but the only rule Untitled-1daviesWashington seems to follow is “might makes right”—

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

  Events NUCLEAR – The conference: Dismantling the Nuclear Beast: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement, December 1-3, is a symposium organized by the Nuclear Issues Study Group at the University of New Mexico’s Hibben Center in Albuquerque, NM. Contact: 879-8547; protectnewmexico@gmail.com; https://nuclearnewmexico.com/.  JUSTICE – The 7th Annual Conference of The Historical Dialogues, Justice Read more…

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Michael T. Klare: Beyond Harvey and Irma

Until Trump moved into the White House, however, senior military officers in the Pentagon were speaking openly of the threats posed to American security by climate change and how that phenomenon might alter the very nature of their work.

Fran Quigley: Beating Big Pharma

There is enormous public support for drug pricing reform, with national polls showing that 77 percent of Americans consider drug prices to be unreasonable.

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Noam Chomsky: Education and Economics

Take the very nature of corporations. They’re based on what’s called “limit liability,” meaning if you’re a partner in a corporation and the corporation carries out mass murder, the participants aren’t guilty of it. So corporate mass slaughter is a huge phenomenon

Pete Dolack: An Honest Conversation About Vietnam

More than four decades past the end of that imperialist adventure, having a serious discussion about it remains taboo.

Stephen Bergstein: Sexual Assault Victim Cannot Sue West Point

The facts of the case portray a misogynist environment at West Point, a Hudson Valley institution that trains future military officers

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Jack Rasmus: The Trump-Goldman Sachs Tax Cut For The Rich

Trump has introduced his long-awaited tax cut, estimated between $2.0 to $2.4 trillion. Like so many other distortions of the truth, Trump claimed his plan would benefit the middle class, not the rich—the latest in a long litany of lies by this president. Contradicting Trump, the independent Tax Policy Center has estimated that in just Read more…

William Boardman: Flag Idolatry Is a Pathology That Crushes Real American Values

Mindless obedience has long been a goal of self-appointed patriots, wrapping themselves in the flag to defend indefensible domestic injustice or criminal wars (both of which we have more than our share these days). There is no meaning in the demand to “respect” any abstract symbol, much less one as drenched in horrifying contradiction as the American flag

Robert Koehler: The Violence Comes Home Again

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, as in the wake of all the high-profile mass shootings that preceded it, the big question looms: Why?

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David Bacon: Don’t Punish the Dreamers

The “dreamers,” young recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, more than anyone are the true children of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) —they have paid the price for the agreement. Yet they are the ones punished by the administration of President Trump

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