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Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events ECONOMICS – The Union For Radical Political Economics at the Eastern Economic Association will hold its annual conference January 5-7 in Philadelphia, PA. Contact: urpe.at.eea@urpe.org; http://urpe.org. TORTURE/GUANTANAMO – Witness Against Torture will return to Washington, DC, January 7–14 for the 2018 Fast for Justice, to offer public witness to close Guantanamo, end indefinite detention, 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

Tom H. Hastings: Catalonia to Cascadia

Since last November many of us in many places in the U.S. have heightened dreams of secession, of new nation-states, new sovereignty.

Eleanor Finley: The Municipal Movements

Beneath highly visible mobilizations, grassroots and municipal forms of opposition to Trump are also taking shape. Under the banner of “sanctuary cities,” community-based organizations, faith groups, legal advocates, workers’ centers and engaged citizens have been setting up crisis networks to support immigrant families

Brandon Jordan: Hold The Line

Hundreds of residents gathered in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul for a rally to “Hold the Line” against a pipeline project called Line 3.

Margaret Flowers: Trump Enters Quagmire

Afghanistan is evidence of the never-ending policy of full spectrum dominance sought by the U.S. empire

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Jack Rasmus: Central Bankers At the End of Their Rope

The most reliable guide to understanding neoliberalism is Jack Rasmus’s book, Central Bankers on the Ropes, which examines the fundamental role of central banks in our current savage global economy.

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Ron Daniels: Reaction To Bigotry

The vicious assault on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia by a volatile amalgam of Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, Alt-Right and other white nationalist forces was one of the most horrific acts of domestic terrorism in American history

William Boardman: NFL Plantation Owners Ban Uppity Quarterback

Trump’s administration is contributing to social calm and order by setting out to give local police more military weapons, from armored troop carriers to grenade launchers.

Pete Dolack: Single Payer

Studies have shown that doctors who have received payments from pharmaceutical companies are more likely to prescribe those companies’ medications. But pharmaceutical companies go far beyond wining and dining doctors, or paying them speaking fees. They organize “patient advocacy” groups that pretend to be grassroots organizations

Juan Cruz Ferre: Fighting a Giant

PepsiCo is the world’s second-largest snacks producer. It makes Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana products in more than 200 countries, and holds at 84 on Forbes’s World’s Largest Public Companies, right behind Amazon. In 2016, it had a market value of $159.4 billion and employed an estimated 264,000 workers. It should come as no surprise that when PepsiCo shut down on June 20, the workers held an assembly and voted to resist.

Edward Hunt: Fanning the Flames of Violence in Mexico

Leaders of the United States know that they bear significant responsibility for the violence in Mexico

William Boardman: Trump’s Racially Obtuse Transcript Highlights, Annotated

The alt-right is self-named. The alt-right also invented the term “alt-left” as a term with no specific meaning other than to label whoever the alt-right considers an enemy

Nayvin Gordon: Politicians Are Cheating Workers out of Their Social Security

The fact is that the U.S. Government has borrowed some $3 Trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund, money now owed by Uncle Sam to millions of working Americans. Social Security is only broke if Uncle Sam defaults on its debts to us. The debt to Social Security is less than 20 percent of the total U.S. Government’s debt.

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Avi Chomsky: Challenging Racial Violence

If we truly want to challenge racism, oppression, and inequality, we should turn our attention away from the few hundred marchers in Charlottesville and towards the real sources and enforcers of our unjust global order. They are not hard to find.

Louis Shawcross: “All We are Saying”

In a recent New York Times survey only 36 percent of U.S. adults could correctly locate North Korea on an unlabelled map. Yet according to a recent poll (Chicago Council on Global Affairs) 75 percent of Americans believe that North Korea’s nuclear program is a critical threat to the United States.

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Bill Berkowitz: Meddling in Venezuela, and Throughout Latin America

As early as 1998, Cedice Libertad, Atlas’s flagship think tank in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, received regular financial support from the Center for International Private Enterprise. In one grant letter, NED funds marked for Cedice are listed to help advocate ‘a change in government.’

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Jeremy Kuzmarov: Dictators and Double Standards

A blatant double standard can be seen when we compare coverage of Kagame and leaders who have been defiant of the West such as the late Muammar Qaddafi of Libya, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Nicholas Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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David Swanson: Trump’s Articles of Impeachment: A Greatest Hits Collection

Several years back, I led a team of authors drafting articles of impeachment against then-President George W. Bush for then-Congressperson Dennis Kucinich. We drafted over 60 and settled on the best 35. Had Congress moved forward, it would not have passed all 35 or convicted on them. But we felt it was important to establish the record and present the options

Gerald Epstein: The Infrastructure of Fascism

Effectively, this “executive order” served-up a wish list that would have been compiled by any real estate mogul who doesn’t want any government agency or public group to come between him, his building, and his bottom line. In the name of building more useful infrastructure executive order is designed to let developers skirt environmental regulations, and most likely, labor, health, and safety regulations as well. The Executive Order will make it a lot easier to build more Trump towers in flood plains, but do little or nothing for the country’s true infrastructure needs.

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Ramzy Baroud: The Terror Next Time: The Daesh Story is Not Ending

Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, has been reduced to rubble. It has been finally conquered, snatched back from the notorious group, Daesh, after months of merciless bombardment by the U.S.-led war coalition, and a massive ground war. But “victory” can hardly be the term assigned to this moment. Mosul, once Iraq’s cultural jewel and model of co-existence, is now a “city of corpses

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Steve Early: Big Oil’s Helpers

Five years ago, my wife and I moved to Richmond, CA and soon learned about the local emergency response protocol known as “shelter in place.” When large fires break out in Bay Area refineries, like the century old Chevron facility near our house, first a siren sounds. Then public officials direct everyone nearby to take Read more…

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Events Listings

Events and other items of interest to progressives

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Fall Events Listings

FILM FESTIVAL – The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival will be held November 16-21 in venues around Seattle.

Dan Georgakas: Rebellion of 1967

What happened in 1967 was that the police attacking an after-hours place encapsulated what was happening in the city every night. State power was pushing hard on a Black community—but that community wasn’t passive, but dynamic, full of ideas and energy.

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Jack Rasmus: Central Banks as Engines of Inequality and Financial Crises

Contrary to many critiques of rising debt levels since 2009, it is not the level of debt itself that is the problem and the harbinger of the next financial crash. It is the inability to pay for the debt, the principal and interest on it, when the next recession occurs

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Ann Jones: Scandinavia in Maryland?

So far at least 10 states (as well as Puerto Rico) and more than 200 cities have committed themselves to work toward the environmental goals of the Paris Accord, just as the United States as a nation had promised to do before Trump trashed the deal

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Noam Chomsky: State of the Union

The Sanders campaign showed that a candidate with mildly progressive (basically New Deal) programs could win the nomination, maybe the election,

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Edward S. Herman: “Meddling in Fake News and the Real World”

The United States outclasses Russia and its predecessor, the Soviet Union, in both the number, and frequency of resort to violence, in their interventions in foreign elections.

Pat Elder: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook

The Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth.

Allan C. Brownfeld: Seizing Property from Those Not Charged With A Crime

Civil asset forfeiture is tantamount to policing for profit, generating millions of dollars annually that the agencies get to keep

#IndianWinter: How Much Is A Boss Worth?

In the last five years alone, corporate CEOs received percentage pay increases nearly double that of the U.S. workforce. This enormous and rapidly growing economic inequality between bosses and workers can certainly be challenged on the basis of social justice.

Don Monkerud: Dare Call It Treason

Today’s GOP is devoting itself to overthrowing the U.S. government and wants corporations to have more control—long a dream of the party that became known as “the party of big business.”

Michael Winship: Three Trump Speeches And The Death of a Nation

What’s appalling, Mr. President, is that the moves you envision diminish us as a nation, remove all traces of grace and charity, play to the basest instincts and demean the high office you hold.

William Boardman: North Korea Does Not Threaten World Peace, the U.S. Does

Not only does North Korea pose no serious threat now, its hypothetical future threat is largely imaginary. Whatever military might North Korea has is unlikely to be used outside its own country unless the U.S. or someone else attacks it first.

Laura Finley: A Feminist Perspective on Trumpcare

Although the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017 is rife with problems, one of the most disturbing is its shocking gender bias. But why should we be shocked that the AHCA, or “Trumpcare,” privileges males, as it was crafted by a group of privileged males

Pete Dolack: Housing Is A Human Right

A basic problem of housing is that housing is a commodity instead of a human right. We’re not accustomed to seeing housing as a basic right for everybody, but why isn’t it?

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Ramzy Baroud: How Palestine Disappeared from U.S. Media Coverage

As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified.

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Noam Chomsky: Destroying Democracy

The one barrier to the threat of destruction is an engaged public, an informed, engaged public acting together to develop means to confront the threat and respond to it. That’s been systematically weakened, consciously.

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John Pilger: Terror in Britain

The Manchester atrocity lifts the rock of British foreign policy to reveal its Faustian alliance with extreme Islam, especially the sect known as Wahhabism or Salafism, whose principal custodian and banker is the oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Britain’s biggest weapons customer.

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Rebekah Barber: Resegregation

Now the Trump administration wants to further expand the use of vouchers by creating a $20 billion school choice program. According to The Century Foundation, a think tank dedicated to reducing inequality, Trump’s plan would increase segregation in public schools

Bridget Burns: Feminist Revolution And Climate

Globally, movements of movements are working together and this is crucial because it takes everyone to change everything, and we must fight oppression in all its forms, at all times

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