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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”—

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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

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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

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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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