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Norman Solomon is cofounder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and is currently a coordinator of the relaunched Bernie Delegates Network. Solomon is the author of a dozen books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.

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Obama Nobel Peace Prize 2009, From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Growing Campaign to Revoke Obama's Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize that President Obama received 40 months ago has emerged as the most appalling Orwellian award of this century. No, war is not peace. George Carlin used to riff about oxymorons like "jumbo shrimp," "genuine imitation," and "military intelligence." But humor is of the gallows sort when we consider the absurdity and tragedy of the world's most important peace prize honoring the world's top war maker.
Hillary Clinton and Ken Salazar at Signing Ceremony for U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 22, 2016
Clinton's Transition Team: A Corporate Presidency Foretold Clinton has reaffirmed her unity with corporate America. Rhetoric aside, Clinton is showing her solidarity with the nemesis of the Sanders campaign -- Wall Street. The trend continued last week with the announcement that Clinton has tapped former senator and Interior secretary Ken Salazar to chair her transition team.
MSNBC Rachel Maddow, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 3, 2018
Is MSNBC Now the Most Dangerous Warmonger Network? MSNBC's incessant "Russiagate" coverage has put the network at the media forefront of overheated hyperbole about the Kremlin. And continually piling up the dry tinder of hostility toward Russia boosts the odds of a cataclysmic blowup between the world's two nuclear superpowers.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2013
Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press The part of the First Amendment that prohibits "abridging the freedom " of the press" is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets.
President Obama Delivers An Address To The Nation Dec. 6th, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 7, 2015
Obama's Speech, Translated into Candor In the name of defeating terrorist forces, our air war has the effect of recruiting for them. Meanwhile, in Syria, our obsession with regime change has propelled us into closely aligning with extremist jihadi fighters. They sure appreciate the large quantities of our weapons that end up in their arsenals.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence., From ImagesAttr
(43 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Long Road to Impeaching Trump Just Got Shorter The Constitution that Trump continues to flagrantly violate is supposed to be "the supreme law of the land." To give Trump a pass would be to wink at his merger of vast personal wealth and corporate holdings with vast governmental power. No members of the House have taken the plunge to introduce an actual resolution for impeachment. They will have to be pushed.
New York Times building in NYC., From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 23, 2013
Is MoveOn Less Progressive Than the New York Times Editorial Board? On crucial matters of foreign policy, militarism and surveillance, the contrast between Times editorials and MoveOn is stunning. Millions of people on MoveOn's list are continually deluged with emails pretending that Republicans are the only major problem in Washington -- while nearly always ignoring Obama administration policies that are antithetical to basic progressive values.
From abovethelaw.com/2016/03/jones-day-helping-donald-trump-to-make-america-great-again/: Donald Trump, From Images
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The House Can Start Impeachment Against Trump Now From the outset of his presidency, Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution in a way that we have not seen before and should not tolerate. It's time for members of Congress to get the impeachment process underway. For democracy in the United States, the biggest danger is unchecked presidential ability to violate the Constitution.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 28, 2013
What The Assault On Whistleblowers Has to Do With War on Syria Every president who wants to launch another war can't abide whistleblowers. They might interfere with the careful omissions, distortions and outright lies of war propaganda, which requires that truth be held in a kind of preventative detention.
Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders face off amid coronavirus precautions, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2020
What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders Sanders was correct when he said last week that "poll after poll, including exit polls, show that a strong majority of the American people support our progressive agenda." Days ago, the Bernie 2020 campaign sent out a mass email declaring that "our campaign has won the battle of ideas."
SANDERS SMEARS EXPOSED: Washington Post Milks 4 Anti Bernie Stories From 1 Study Already a focal point in the accusations of an anti-Bernie media bias, the Washington Post showed its colors again last week when it milked one Urban Institute ..., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 19, 2017
Behind the Media Surge Against Bernie Sanders It's routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to smear progressive activists under the guise of "news" coverage. But why the New York Times? And why the special venom for Bernie Sanders?
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2013
Obama's Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press The Obama administration's pernicious goal is to normalize circumstances where journalists can't credibly promise confidentiality, and potential leakers don't believe they can have it. The broader purpose is to destroy independent journalism -- which is to say, actual journalism -- which is to say, freedom of the press.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Joe Biden That MSNBC Won't Show You In a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential nomination may largely depend on the extent of "doublethink" that George Orwell described in 1984 as the willingness "to forget any fact that has become inconvenient."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 29, 2014
An Assault from Obama's Escalating War on Journalism A recent brief from the Obama administration to the nation's top court "is unflinchingly hostile to the idea of the Supreme Court creating or finding protections for journalists," Politico reported.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 7, 2020
DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum The glaring subtext of all this is the now-frantic effort to find some candidate who can prevent Sanders from becoming the party's nominee at the national convention in July.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 24, 2018
Polls Show Being Anti-Trump Isn't Enough to Beat GOP Instead of addressing demands for social progress, such as single-payer insurance, Democratic leaders find it much easier and more comfortable to denounce Trump. But it's not working, as Norman Solomon explains.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 1, 2013
An Outpouring of Love and Support for Bradley Manning to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize As a U.S. Army private -- seeing massive evidence of official deception, human rights abuses and flagrant killing of civilians -- Bradley Manning did not just follow orders. Instead, he became a whistleblower, supplying vast troves of documents to WikiLeaks, exposing duplicity that had enormous impacts from Iraq and Afghanistan to Egypt and Tunisia.
Tom Perez & Bernie Sanders, From WikimediaPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 10, 2017
DNC Fraud Suit Exposes Anti-Democratic Views in Democratic Party Along with most Democrats in Congress, the DNC remains eager to heap blame on Russia for the defeat of Hillary Clinton. That's been a nifty way to deflect attention from what cried out for scrutiny after November's election -- the reality that Clinton's close ties with Wall Street and big banks made it unconvincing to pitch her as an ally of working people.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, From YouTubeVideos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2019
Corporate Media Wants Anybody but Warren or Sanders Overall, in subtle and sledgehammer ways, the mass media of the United States -- owned and sponsored by corporate giants -- are in the midst of a siege against the two progressive Democratic candidates who have a real chance to be elected president in 2020.
Ocasio-Cortez: Stirring people's hopes, and a nightmare for the Establishment., From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 29, 2018
Democratic Elite Scrambles to Respond to Ocasio-Cortez Stunned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory, the Democratic Party establishment is trying to contain the rebellion challenging its class interests and may try to stem the tide with a compromise on super-delegates, as Norman Solomon reports.
Top-Polling Democratic Candidates, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 13, 2019
Will the Democratic Presidential Nomination Be Bought? The obvious differences between Buttigieg, Biden and Bloomberg are apt to distract from their underlying political similarities. Fundamentally, they're all aligned with the nation's economic power structure two as corporate servants, one as a corporate master.
Julian Assange Wikileaks, From GoogleImages
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street Rather than take stock of why they lost in 2016 and address demands of ordinary Americans, the Democratic Party continues to scapegoat Russia and WikiLeaks in a misguided lawsuit, says Norman Solomon in this commentary.
Pete Buttigieg, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers "Buttigieg is claiming that Medicare for All would dump people off of health coverage and deprive them of 'choice,'" our flier pointed out. "Those are insurance-industry talking points. He is deliberately confusing the current 'choice' of predatory for-profit insurance plans with the genuine full choice of healthcare providers that enhanced Medicare for everyone would offer."
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2020
Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time The choice ahead, Trump or Biden, is painfully real. The crucial part of this decision is to get rid of the major barrier to survival, which happens to be in the White House. Get rid of Trump, then we have opportunities.
Nancy Pelosi, From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 15, 2018
The "Pelosi Problem" Runs Deep Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has worn out its grassroots welcome and is beginning to lose its grip.
Vice President Biden is Greeted by, From WikimediaPhotos
(80 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2020
We've Got Our Own Reasons to Elect Biden -- and He Isn't One of Them Cornel West: "A vote for Joe Biden is . . . a way of preserving the condition for the possibility of any kind of democratic practice in the United States." The "Not Him Us" site goes on to ask a central question: "We wanted a political revolution. Now what?" The answers begin by reframing the current realities to include not just clear and present dangers but also great possibilities:
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 14, 2013
Which Members of Congress Are Standing Up for Economic Decency -- and Which "Progressives" Aren't In the real politics of the emerging struggle over Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, there's a very big difference between expressing opposition to benefit cuts and promising not to vote for them. It's only when members of Congress make a firm public commitment that Obama White House strategists may feel a need to recalibrate their deal-making calculus with Republicans.
Bernie Sanders said billionaires shouldn't exist. See billionaire's response During the Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and billionaire businessman Tom Steyer discuss their plans for closing the wealth gap., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2020
The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders More than ever, Bernie Sanders is public enemy number one for power elites that thrive on economic injustice. The Bernie 2020 campaign is a direct threat to the undemocratic leverage that extremely wealthy individuals and huge corporations constantly exert on the political process.
Buttigieg on Soleimani strike: We need answers Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg comments on the deadly strike by US forces that killed Iran's top military leader. #CNN #News., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Biden and Buttigieg Are Showing How Corporatism and 'the Madness of Militarism' Go Together There's nothing like an illegal and utterly reckless U.S. act of war to illuminate the political character of presidential candidates. In the days since the assassination of Iran's top military official, two of the highest-polling Democratic contenders have displayed the kind of moral cowardice that got the United States into -- and kept it in -- horrific wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow., From ImagesAttr
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 30, 2017
Rachel Maddow Plays Glenn Beck By pushing the new anti-Russian McCarthyism as an attack strategy against President Trump, Democrats -- and progressives like Rachel Maddow -- are encouraging a costly and dangerous New Cold War, writes Norman Solomon.
Katharine Graham Listens to Reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward by Unidentified Artist / Gelatin silver print, Summer 1972 / Estate of Katharine Graham, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Real Story Behind Katharine Graham and "The Post" Katharine Graham's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers was indeed laudable, helping to expose lies that had greased the wheels of the war machinery with such horrific consequences in Vietnam. But the Washington Post was instrumental in avidly promoting the lies that made the Vietnam War possible in the first place.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Corporate Media and "Moderate" Democrats Are Defending the Oligarchy Against Bernie Sanders Sanders gets so much flak from corporate media because his campaign is upsetting the dominant apple cart. He relentlessly exposes a basic contradiction: A society ruled by an oligarchy defined as "a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes" can't really be a democracy.
Bernie Sanders at Iowa State Fair August 11, 2019, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Bernie Sanders Sees Right Through The Washington Post What Bernie Sanders is pointing out is not and he never said it was a "conspiracy." The problems are much deeper and more pernicious, having to do with the financial structures of media institutions that enable profit-driven magnates and enormous corporations to dominate the flow of news and commentary.
Bernie Sanders with supporters, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 2, 2020
The Sanders Coalition Is Set to Shock the World on Super Tuesday For many years, corporate media outlets said it couldn't be done. Now, they say it must not be. To the nation's punditocracy tacitly or overtly aligned with the nation's oligarchy nominating Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential candidate would be catastrophic.
Joe Biden with supporters., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2019
To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" Progressives often feel that they're on the outside of electoral politics, looking in. Corporate news media routinely reinforce that impression, treating progressive activism as invisible or inconsequential. But Politico's latest assessment that Biden's steep fall in the polls is partly due to "continuous fire from progressives" tells us something important.
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(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Progressives: Stop Blaming the Russians A crucial choice is right in front of the progressive groups and commentators who've been echoing the anti-Russia barrage from U.S. mass media. Staying on course will help to undermine civil liberties at home and will help to escalate conflicts with Russia that could end with nuclear war. Doesn't sound "progressive" to me.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Joe Biden's AstroTurf Campaign Biden is a back-to-the-future product who often seems clueless about the present. The Biden campaign is likely to be the best bet for deep-pocketed political investors seeking to prevent the nomination of Sanders or Warren.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2019
With Sanders and Warren Surging, Is Wall Street's 2020 Nightmare Coming True? Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are drawing large crowds and rising in polls. In pivotal early states like Iowa and especially New Hampshire, reputable poll averages indicate that Biden is scarcely ahead. A giant bank CEO told Politico that "it can't be Warren and it can't be Sanders." That's the decision from Wall Street. The decision from Main Street is yet to be heard.
June 1, 2013. South Korea. Free Bradley Manning!, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Bradley Manning Is Guilty of "Aiding the Enemy" -- If the Enemy Is Democracy Of all the charges against Bradley Manning, the most pernicious -- and revealing -- is "aiding the enemy." A blogger at The New Yorker, Amy Davidson, raised a pair of big questions that now loom over the courtroom at Fort Meade and over the entire country: * "Would it aid the enemy, for example, to expose war crimes committed by American forces or lies told by the American government?"
Pete Buttigieg, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Pete Buttigieg Is a Sharp Corporate Tool As Buttigieg kept collecting big checks from corporate executives and wealthy donors, he went from being "all for" a single-payer Medicare for All system in January to trashing it in the debate last week as a plan that would kick "150 million Americans off of their insurance in four short years." The demagoguery won praise from corporate media outlets.
Bernie Sanders,Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 16, 2020
Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us. Their Clash Underscores the Need for Grassroots Wisdom. The dismal conflict that erupted this week between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren should never have happened. But now that it has, supporters must provide grassroots leadership to mitigate the dangerous mess.
Keene State College: Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 20, 2019
Joe Biden Staggers "There's not a racist bone in my body," Biden exclaimed Wednesday night, moments after demanding: "Apologize for what?" His deep paternalism surfaced during the angry outburst as he declared: "I've been involved in civil rights my whole career, period, period, period." Biden has been "involved" in civil rights his "whole career." But at some crucial junctures, he was on the wrong side. He teamed up with segregationists...
Joe Biden's rift with progressives on display as he skips California Democratic convention, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California's Democratic Party Joe Biden's glaring absence from the California Democratic Party convention has thrown a national spotlight on his eagerness to detour around the party's progressive base. While dodging an overt clash for now, Biden is on a collision course with grassroots Democrats across the country who are learning more about his actual record and don't like it.
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez expose Democrats' big divide, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2019
When Progressives in Congress Let Us Down, We Should Push Back Even the best progressives in the House spend a lot more time with congressional colleagues and leaders than they do with constituents. The power of the Democratic leadership is quite tangible and often stern, whereas the power of constituents is routinely diffuse and unrealized.
Pete Buttigieg, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 25, 2020
As a Corporate Tool, Buttigieg Is Now a Hammer to Bash Sanders Buttigieg has gone from pseudo-progressive to anti-progressive in the last year, and much of his current mission involves denouncing Bernie Sanders with attack lines that are corporate-media favorites.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Official Portrait., From WikimediaPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2020
Progressives Must Fight With -- and In -- the Democratic Party In the electoral arena, the goal is not only about winning elections. It's also about replacing the top-down weight of entrenched politicians with the bottom-up power of grassroots activism.
Former vice-president Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 14, 2019
The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out While progressives who understand Biden's actual record are determined to prevent him from becoming the presidential nominee, "the folks at the top" are doubling down on their best chance to win the nomination for someone who says they "aren't bad guys." That's Joe Biden.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2014
Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous The Washington Post's refusal to provide readers with minimal disclosure in coverage of the CIA is important on its own. But it's also a marker for an ominous pattern -- combining denial with accommodation to raw financial and governmental power -- a synergy of media leverage, corporate digital muscle and secretive agencies implementing policies of mass surveillance, covert action and ongoing warfare.
Rep. Ro Khanna clarifies Bernie Sanders' position on Cuba and Fidel Castro, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 20, 2020
California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to Democratic National Convention The Democratic Party is at a crossroads in California, where Bernie Sanders defeated Joe Biden in the presidential primary three months ago. In recent days, over 110 Sanders delegates -- just elected in "virtual caucuses" across the state -- have signed a statement calling for Congressman Ro Khanna to be the chair of California's delegation to the Democratic National Convention in mid-August.
Joe Biden for President, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 9, 2019
Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out -- and Why Joe Biden Must Be Stopped Biden's mediocre speech at the New Hampshire convention on September 7 is already an historic record of a dismal candidate for president whose nomination promises to be a disaster. To pretend otherwise is hardly a service to the crucial task of defeating Donald Trump.
Occupy protest, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 18, 2013
The Obamacare Disaster and the Poison of Party Loyalty Obamacare is a mess largely because it builds a revamped healthcare system around the retrenched and extended power of insurance companies--setting back prospects for real healthcare reform for a decade or more.
Pete Buttigieg, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 4, 2020
The Creation Myth of the Buttigieg Campaign Buttigieg's rise was propelled by the rocket fuel of funding from -- and bonding with -- wealthy corporate operators, who bundled big checks from other donors and provided an establishment seal of approval that resonated with mainstream media.
Bernie Sanders at ISU - 1/25/2016, From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 19, 2019
What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives In the obvious contrasts with Harris and in the less obvious yet significant contrasts with Warren on matters of economic justice as well as on foreign policy, Bernie Sanders represents a different approach to the root causes of -- and possible solutions to -- extreme economic inequality, systemic injustice and a dire shortage of democracy. Harris's tweak and Warren's regulate options are not enough to end corporate rule
Billionaire Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 29, 2017
This Is What Pseudo-Democracy Looks Like Polls throughout 2017 showed that the most popular politician in the country is Bernie Sanders, who has been denouncing the oligarchy for many years. No wonder The Washington Post -- owned by the richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos -- has gone to centrist extremes to disparage Sanders and what he stands for. The mortal threat to the oligarchy is a sustained groundswell that can propagate genuine democracy.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Democrats must push back The bipartisan deal-makers in Washington are slashing the safety net that's essential for vast numbers of Americans. One of the most dangerous aspects of the recent budget deal is that it explicitly sets the stage for future actions to undermine Medicare. This scenario strikes at the heart of precious values.
From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NSA-square.jpg, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 30, 2013
The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown At the top of the federal government, even a brief shutdown of "core NSA operations" is unthinkable. But at the grassroots, a permanent shutdown of the NSA should be more than thinkable; we should strive to make it achievable.
Barbara Lee, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 25, 2017
When Barbara Lee Doesn't Speak for Me Certainly, Lee deserves credit for ongoing efforts to repeal the 2001 war authorization. Yet this month she veered way off the peace track by proclaiming that she was "outraged" because Trump and Putin had a meeting. Now we must let her know when she no longer speaks for us.
The New Cold War, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 22, 2017
How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque The "Moscow Project" is expressly inclined to go over the top, aiming to help normalize ultra-partisan conjectures as supposedly factual. And so, the homepage of the "Moscow Project" prominently declares: "Given Trump's obedience to Vladimir Putin and the deep ties between his advisers and the Kremlin, Russia's actions are a significant and ongoing cause for concern."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 24, 2013
The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World The central issue is our dire shortage of democracy. How can we have real consent of the governed when the government is entrenched with extreme secrecy, surveillance and contempt for privacy? The state of surveillance and perpetual war are one and the same. The U.S. government's rationale for pervasive snooping is the "war on terror," the warfare state under whatever name.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Progressive Caucus: Enabling Obama's Rightward Moves? What we have witnessed so far is surrender in stages -- a chronic confluence of conformity and undue party loyalty, with brave talk from caucus members habitually followed by contrary votes on the floor of the House of Representatives
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Bernie Sanders Is America's Beating Heart Bernie has a huge and eternally healthy heart, filled with the lifeblood of empathy and dedication. In essence, that's what the Bernie 2020 campaign is all about. As he has been the first to say, it's not about him, it's about us. How much compassion and commitment can we find in our hearts?
Then-President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett at the White House in July 2010. Obama was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between the , From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Ghosts of "New Democrats" Are Haunting Us Both Clinton and Obama were youthful and articulate, breaths of fresh air after repugnant Republican predecessors in the White House. Yet our two most recent Democratic presidents were down with corporate power -- not as far down as the GOP, but nevertheless in the thrall of Wall Street and the big banks.
Sanders Meets New Hampshire Seniors by Michael S. Vadon, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Why Bernie Sanders Is Correct About the Washington Post -- and Corporate Media Overall Bernie Sanders set off the latest round of outraged denial from elite media this week when he talked to a crowd in New Hampshire about the tax avoidance of Amazon (which did not pay any federal income tax last year). Sanders went on to say: "I wonder why the Washington Post -- which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon -- doesn't write particularly good articles about me. I don't know why. ... maybe there's a connection
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 30, 2020
Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez Joe Biden is ignoring the wisdom that Jesse Jackson offered at the Democratic National Convention in 1988: "It takes two wings to fly." Right now, Biden is idling in the cockpit of a political aircraft with one wing.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 27, 2019
Here It Comes: Get Ready for a Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You've Never Seen For the forces of corporate greed and the military-industrial complex, it'll be all-out propaganda war on the Bernie campaign.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink The U.S. is killing children with cluster bombs & drones around the world, but it doesn't become an outrage until someone kills American children.
Jeffrey Sterling and his wife after conviction, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 12, 2015
CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism Jeffrey Sterling was convicted by a jury for being the main source of James Risen's book about a CIA op designed to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. There were nearly 100 people who could have been the source, but Sterling was convicted on circumstantial evidence because the DOJ likes to go after whistleblowers."
Billionaire Bill Gates, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 7, 2019
The Crass Warfare of Billionaires Against Sanders and Warren The billionaire class is worried. For the first time in memory, there's a real chance that the next president could threaten the very existence of billionaires -- or at least significantly reduce their unconscionable rate of wealth accumulation -- in a country and on a planet with so much human misery due to extreme economic disparities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015., From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Danger in Democrats Demonizing Putin With the Clintons' corporate money machine floundering after a devastating election defeat, Democrats are desperate to find someone to blame and have dangerously settled on Vladimir Putin, writes Norman Solomon.
Vice President Biden Swears In Secretary Kerry, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 6, 2019
Kerry's Biden Endorsement Fits: Both Methodically Lied to Support Iraq War Kerry and Biden don't want to acknowledge a historic tie that binds them: Both men were important supporters of the Iraq war, voting for the invasion on the Senate floor and continuing to back the war after it began. Over the years, political winds have shifted -- and Biden, like Kerry, has methodically lied about his support for that horrendous war.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are both attracting large crowds, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2019
Progressives Need a United Front for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Given the structure and rules of the Iowa caucuses coming up on February 3, tacit teamwork between Sanders and Warren supporters would benefit both while undermining the corporate Democrats in contention.
Beto O'Rourke, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 27, 2018
How Corporate Democrats Aim to Stifle Criticism Well-informed public discussion is a major hazard for Democratic Party elites now eager to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the 2020 presidential nomination. A clear focus on key issues can bring to light the big political differences between Sanders and the party's corporate-friendly candidates. One way to muddy the waters is to condemn people for pointing out facts that make those candidates look bad.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
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Bernie's Heart. And Ours. Bernie has a huge and eternally healthy heart, filled with the lifeblood of empathy and dedication. In essence, that's what the Bernie 2020 campaign is all about. As he has been the first to say, it's not about him, it's about us. How much compassion and commitment can we find in our hearts?
Blue Dog Made a Piddle, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 5, 2019
Why 'Primary' Should Be a Verb for Progressives ctivists may flatter themselves into believing that they have the most influence by seeking warm personal relationships with a Democratic lawmaker. But a credible primary campaign is likely to change an elected official's behavior far more quickly and extensively.
Hannity Shows How Trump Will Attack Biden, From Uploaded
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In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See': The Bernie 2020 Campaign Represents a Fight That Must Continue No matter who wins the Democratic presidential nomination, many millions of people will refuse to unsee what has become all too clear: ** A gloating Democratic Party establishment, glad to rally around Potemkin candidate Joe Biden and extol his carefully crafted facade. ** Overall, interlocking systems based on greed and corporate power instead of shared resources and genuine democracy.
Asking a Whistleblower How to End War - Katherine Gun answers a question., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 8, 2018
To Stop War, Do What Katharine Gun Did Legendary whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg's advice to stop current and future wars is simple: do what Katharine Gun did, writes Norman Solomon.
of History Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., From Uploaded
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Bernie Sanders and His Movement Are on the Verge of History Young voters have the potential to make Bernie Sanders the winner of the New Hampshire primary and young voters across the country have the potential to make him president of the United States.
Courtroom sketch, From ImagesAttr
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The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower Two weeks ago, Jeffrey Sterling went to trial at last. He was at the defense table during seven days of proceedings that included very dubious testimony from 23 present and former CIA employees as well as the likes of Condoleezza Rice. Jeffrey Sterling is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us. He should be invisible no more.
Nancy Pelosi, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 9, 2019
Nancy Pelosi's Bad Attitude Toward Progressives Solomon writes: Here's a thought experiment: Imagine that a letter from the billionaire real-estate broker George M. Marcus was hand-delivered to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking to meet with her. What are the chances that Pelosi would find time on her calendar?
roots action, From InText
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BAD BLUES: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried' It isn't easy to defeat a Democratic incumbent in a primary. Typically, the worse the Congress member, the more (corporate) funding they get. While most insurgent primary campaigns will not win, they're often very worthwhile -- helping progressive constituencies to get better organized and to win elections later. And a grassroots primary campaign can put a scare into the Democratic incumbent to pay more attention to voters
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 26, 2017
Is "Russiagate" Collapsing as a Political Strategy? Even if the nuclear threat from continuing to escalate hostility toward Russia doesn't rank high on the list of Democrats' concerns on Capitol Hill -- maybe the prospects of failure in the elections next year will compel a major change. It's time for the dangerous anti-Russia fever to break.
From commons.wikimedia.org: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 4, 2018
What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020 Whether or not Hillary Clinton runs for president again, Clintonism is a political blight with huge staying power. It can be overcome only if and when people at the grassroots effectively insist on moving the Democratic Party in a genuinely progressive direction.
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
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Bernie's Pivot for Biden Might Not Be Pleasant, But Trump Must Be Defeated Bernie Sanders is saying that progressives have a profound responsibility to fight against -- and oust -- the extreme right-wing forces that have gained control of the U.S. government's executive branch and, increasingly, the federal judiciary.
Jeffrey Sterling, From ImagesAttr
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Don't Grade Justice on a Warped Curve: Assessing the Case of CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling The only fair sentence for Sterling would have been no sentence at all. Or, at most, something like the recent gentle wrist-slap, with no time behind bars, for former CIA director David Petraeus, who was sentenced for providing highly classified information to his journalist lover.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 4, 2018
Social Media Madness: the Russia Canard Fixating on Russia as culpable for the election of Trump has been widely irresistible. Perhaps that fixation is less upsetting than deeper realization of just how rotten the U.S. corporate system of injustice has become -- and how the forces that brought us the horrors of the Trump presidency are distinctly homegrown.
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Why Amazon's Collaboration with the CIA Is So Ominous -- and Vulnerable In view of Amazon's eagerness to dump the WikiLeaks site at the behest of U.S. government officials, what else might the Amazon hierarchy be willing to do? Amazon maintains a humongous trove of detailed information about hundreds of millions of people. Are we to believe that the CIA and other intelligence agencies have no interest in Amazon's data?
Chelsea Manning, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2019
MoveOn's Phony New Campaign for "Protecting Whistleblowers" MoveOn has not only refused to support courageous whistleblowers like Snowden, Drake, Manning, Kiriakou, and Sterling -- who've informed the world about systematic war crimes, wholesale shredding of the Fourth Amendment with mass surveillance, officially sanctioned torture, and dangerously flawed intelligence operations.
Over 40 million people in the United States -- poor and people of color -- live below the poverty line., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 12, 2020
Corporate Media Are Focusing on Race -- and Dodging Class News media habitually tiptoe around deadly realities of economic oppression that are hidden in plain sight -- so normalized that they're apt to seem perversely natural.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 19, 2018
It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible All the talk about climate change and hardly a word about the ultimate climate disaster -- nuclear winter -- in which case, forget about agriculture. Or human life on earth. All it would take is a nuclear war with Russia. The frenzy of hostility toward Russia made negotiations less and less likely.
House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 1, 2019
A Message to Progressives: Adam Schiff Is Not Your Friend Schiff is tenaciously challenging a despicable president who should be impeached. At the same time, while Schiff has emerged as a marquee foe of Trumpism, we should be aware that he remains deeply enmeshed with corporatism and militarism.
Like the .Drug war,. the .war against Terror. is a fiction that should end., From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time to Renounce the "War on Terror" As a perpetual emotion machine -- producing and guzzling its own political fuel -- the "war on terror" continues to normalize itself as a thoroughly American way of life and death. Ongoing warfare has become a matter of default routine... Without a clear and effective upsurge of opposition from the grassroots, Americans can expect to remain citizens of a war-driven country for the rest of their lives.
The Bug Stops Here, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 25, 2013
Obama's Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment All three branches of the U.S. government are now largely under the control of forces with stunning contempt for basic legal processes required by the Bill of Rights. Mere words and mild reforms from members of Congress may mollify the gullible, but only a direct challenge to the Obama administration's policies can rise to the level of the current historic imperative to restore civil liberties in the United States.
Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2020
Buttigieg and Biden Are Masters of Evasion Buttigieg and Biden dodge key questions by plunging into foggy rhetoric. They're incapable of giving a coherent and truthful account of power in the United States because they're beholden to corporate-aligned donors.
DNC chair Tom Perez, From YouTubeVideos
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DNC Chair Tom Perez, the Democratic Party's Grim Metaphor Perez's leadership of the DNC during the last 11 months has been mediocre or worse. The problems go far beyond administrative failings, lack of inspirational impacts or shortcomings in fundraising. His mode of using progressive rhetoric while purging progressives from key DNC committees reflected a pattern.
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(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Time to Bell the Obama Cat In recent days, the big cat in the White House has provoked denunciations from groups that have rarely crossed him. They're upset about his decision to push for cuts in Social Security benefits. "Progressive outrage has reached a boiling point," the online juggernaut MoveOn declared a few days ago. Obama's move to cut Social Security is certainly outrageous, and it's encouraging that a wide range of progressive groups are
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Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn't Enough -- We Need the Power to Stop It For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence that all three branches of the U.S. government are turning Uncle Sam into Big Brother. Now what? Continuing to expose and denounce the assaults on civil liberties is essential. So is supporting Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers -- past, present and future. But those vital efforts are...
Rep. Adam B. Schiff - California's 28th District, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2016
Democrats Launch New McCarthyism Unwilling to examine the real reasons why Democrats did so poorly on Election Day, party leaders in Congress are scapegoating Russia and setting in motion a new McCarthyism, writes Norman Solomon.
Democratic Debate: Kamala Harris Blasts Joe Biden Over Busing Stance | NBC New York Sen. Kamala Harris of California blasts former Vice President Joe Biden for his previously held opinions on busing in schools. Debate night No. 2 marks the first ..., From YouTubeVideos
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After Biden's Sharp Decline, Investors Are Reassessing Other Blue Chips Investors are pondering where to put their money this week after the sudden decline in the assessed value of presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Wall Street and in other corporate quarters where financiers were heavily invested in Biden, hopes have eroded in recent days amid reduced investor confidence.
2020 Democratic debate: night two brings attacks on Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 2, 2019
There's Nothing Moderate About "Moderates." A Primary Example Is Joe Biden. Among the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, only Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are providing a coherent analysis and actual challenge to the realities of corporate power and oligarchy that are crushing democracy in the United States.
From youtube.com: Journalist legend Robert Parry, From Images
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Robert Parry Was One of the Good Guys What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment. He refused to take on faith the official story, whether from governments or news outlets. Robert Parry carried the lantern high. Now others will need to carry it on.
Sen. Chris Murphy, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2020
War With Iran Is at Stake -- and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping Instead of thanking members of Congress for not being worse, progressive constituents should organize to insist that they quickly become much better or face escalating protests as well as political consequences.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The Pandemic Makes the Bernie 2020 Campaign More Vital Than Ever It's possible that Sanders can gain enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee. But the Bernie 2020 campaign has never been only about winning. It has always also been about strengthening vital progressive movements while widening public discourse and political space.
Leaks, the War on Terror and the public's right to know, From ImagesAttr
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James Risen's Painful Truths President Obama promised a "transparent" administration -- but the American people didn't know the transparency would go only one way, letting the government look at the people while blocking the public's view of the government, a reality described in James Risen's new book, reviewed by Norman Solomon.
The busing debate between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, explained Since the first 2020 Democratic primary debate, former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have clashed on the issue of busing as a ..., From YouTubeVideos
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Corporate Team of Rivals: Harris Now in Top Tier with Biden to Prevent a Progressive Nominee The odds are now very strong that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic presidential nominee. New polling averages say they account for almost 70 percent of support nationwide, while no other candidate is anywhere near. For progressives who want to affect the news instead of just consume it, active engagement will be essential.
Obama Nobel Peace Prize 2009, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 6, 2013
Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass Despite all its claims of independence, the Oslo-based Nobel Committee is enmeshed in Norwegian politics. The global prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize has obscured the reality that its selection committee is chosen by leaders of Norway's main political parties -- and, as a member of NATO, Norway is deeply entangled in the military alliance.
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Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz -- and May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress President Obama and top Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will twist every arm they can to get a "yes" vote for attacking Syria. Meanwhile, most mainline media pundits, numbingly addicted to war, will often chastise and denigrate foes of authorization.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez., From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 19, 2019
"Speaking Truth to Power" Is No Substitute for Taking Power Appealing to the hearts of people who run a heartless system won't further the progressive agenda.
A sign seen outside last week's Democratic National Convention., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 1, 2016
Hillary, "You're Screwing it Up": An Open Letter From a Bernie Delegate Whatever the reasons for your current approach, the consequences could be catastrophic. Beyond the fleeting praise for Bernie, your message to his delegates in Philadelphia wasn't hard to discern: my corporate centrist way or the highway. If large numbers of Bernie supporters hit the road, you won't have anyone to blame but yourself.
Hundreds of ambulances and EMTs answer NYC's calls for help, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 22, 2020
Class War -- Not the Media Hokey Pokey -- Is What It's All About While negative coverage of Donald Trump has been common due to his handling of the pandemic, media outrage has been muted in relation to the magnitude of the dying in our midst at a time when most of the dying could have been prevented.
From flickr.com: If the Hat Fits , From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 5, 2017
Dangerous Discourse: When Progressives Sound Like Demagogues Democrat Jamie Raskin ... Reading from a prepared text, Raskin warmed up by declaring that "Donald Trump is the hoax perpetrated on the Americans by the Russians." Soon the congressman named such varied countries as Hungary, the Philippines, Syria and Venezuela, and immediately proclaimed: "All the despots, dictators and kleptocrats have found each other, and Vladimir Puti
President Vladimir Putin of Russia welcomes President Barack Obama to the G20 Summit at Konstantinovsky Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5, 2013., From ImagesAttr
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Is War on Syria Veering Off-Script? When the U.S. government readies for war, there is a well-worn script. A "bad" guy is defined; some act of perfidy is alleged despite murky evidence; politicians and journalists express righteous outrage; a confused public is dragged along. Except that the war on Syria may be veering off-script. There's an antidote to the repetition compulsion for war. It's called democracy.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Joe Biden: Puffery vs. Reality the media meme about choosing between strong progressive commitments and capacity to defeat Trump is a false choice. On the contrary, Biden exemplifies a disastrous approach of jettisoning progressive principles and failing to provide a progressive populist alternative to right-wing populism. That's the history of 2016. It should not be repeated.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2020
The Sanders Campaign Was About "Us" -- Not Bernie -- Remember? There are scant indications that the remnants of the Bernie 2020 campaign are doing anything to win "as many delegates as possible" in the 20 state primaries set for the next two months. That fact has left it up to individuals as well as independent groups and coalitions to do what they can to gain more Bernie delegates for the Democratic National Convention.
Bernie Sanders, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Biggest Obstacle for Bernie Isn't the DNC It's worth noting that the Post is owned by the world's richest person, Jeff Bezos, while MSNBC is owned by Comcast, "the world's largest entertainment company." To counteract the media propaganda arsenal now in place, we should fully recognize that arsenal as the main weaponry that corporate power will deploy against the Bernie 2020 campaign.
High stakes for Trump, Putin at G20 summit, From YouTubeVideos
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Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals While many people are eager for constructive dialogue between the United States and Russia, on Capitol Hill the efforts to prevent such a possibility are fierce and unrelenting. Ultra-hawks like Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are among quite a few Republicans doing all they can to prevent genuine diplomacy between Washington and Moscow.
Neera Tanden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 25, 2021
GOP Hypocrisy Is No Reason to Support Neera Tanden There are very important reasons to prevent Tanden from becoming the Office of Management and Budget director. They have nothing to do with her nasty tweets and everything to do with her political orientation.
Robert O'Rourke Prepares for the Debate, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Beto, We Hardly Knew Ye Progressives are apt to be enthusiastic about O'Rourke -- if they don't know much about his record.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders during a 2016 Democratic presidential debate ., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 11, 2017
National Democrats Resist Reforms Still refusing to face why Donald Trump and the Republicans won in 2016, the national Democratic Party rebuffs proposals from progressives to make the party more democratic and less corporate-dominated, writes Norman Solomon.
Chelsea Manning on May 18, 2017 the day after her release from prison., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Why Senator Cardin Is a Fitting Opponent for Chelsea Manning Chelsea Manning's senatorial bid offers a contrast to the Russian fear-mongering of incumbent candidate Ben Cardin, says Norman Solomon.
Trump Is What Happens When  Americans Forget What Fascism Looks Like, From YouTubeVideos
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Some Progressives Are in Denial About Trump's Fascist Momentum Trumpism has started to feel normal. Trump stands a good chance of winning re-election in November. And his odds have improved because the Democratic Party nominated an abysmal candidate.
Amy Klobuchar, From FlickrPhotos
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Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her Running Mate Quest During the first years of this century, with a bright political future ahead of her, Klobuchar refused to hold police officers accountable. And her failure to prosecute police who killed black men was matched by racially slanted eagerness to prosecute black men on the basis of highly dubious evidence.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2020
Bernie Sanders Is Much More Than a Presidential Candidate To corporate media, Bernie Sanders is incorrigible. He won't stop defying the standard assumptions about what's possible in national politics. His 2020 campaign with feet on the ground and eyes on visionary horizons is a danger to corporate capitalism's "natural" order that enables wealth to dominate the political process.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
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Bernie's Decision: Retreat Should Not Be Confused with Surrender We don't have a choice of whether or not we're in a class war. It's going on perpetually -- waged with enormous financial, political and media firepower. The firepower of class warfare against Bernie Sanders has been ferocious and unrelenting.
War by Drone, From FlickrPhotos
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Killer Drones in the Empire State Since last summer the Defense Department has been using the runway and airspace at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to train drone operators, who work at the adjoining Air National Guard base. Officials say it's the first time that the federal government has allowed military drones to utilize a commercial airport. It won't be the last time.
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As Midterms Near, New Polls Show Democrats Stalling The Democratic Party is still dominated by elected officials and power brokers who appear to be deeply worried that a future progressive upsurge of political engagement could loosen -- or even end -- their corporate-funded grip on the party. Methodical grassroots organizing will be necessary -- to bring down the GOP's deranged leadership.
[Left to right]: Whistleblowers Kirk Wiebe (NSA), Coleen Rowley (FBI), Raymond McGovern (CIA), Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon), William Binney (NSA), Jesselyn Radack (Justice Department), and Thomas Drake (NSA), From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 5, 2015
A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program Many people in Europe and elsewhere who care about civil liberties and want true press freedom are looking at the United States: to understand what an aroused citizenry might be able to accomplish, seeking to roll back a dangerous accumulation of power by an ostensibly democratic government. Let's not unwittingly deceive them -- or ourselves -- about how much ground the U.S. surveillance state has lost so far.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2020
Biden, Buttigieg and Corporate Media Are Eager for Sanders and Warren to Clash For progressives, the need for a Sanders-Warren united front is crucial. Yes, there are some significant differences between the two candidates, especially on foreign policy (which is one of the reasons that I actively support Sanders). Those differences should be aired in the open, while maintaining a tactical alliance.
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on , From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 5, 2013
Real Journalism v. Big Brother In theory, pretty much everyone claims to like investigative journalism, even government officials. But the reaction is different when reporters expose troubling facts, especially if they make a favored country or politician look bad. Yet, that is what's needed.
Bernie Sanders Rally, From FlickrPhotos
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The Energizer Bernie and the Power Behind Him The Bernie Sanders campaign is so profoundly compelling at the grassroots. It is oriented to meshing electoral work with social movements -- however difficult that might be at times -- to generate political power from the ground up. And that's where genuine progressive change really comes from.
Rep. Ro Khanna addressing the Bay Area housing crisis, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Statement on Ro Khanna Leading the CA Democratic Delegation The groundswell of support for Rep. Khanna to lead the largest state delegation to the convention has yielded a bonus -- the additional selection of his House colleague Barbara Lee. Their records in Congress show that they fully recognize the need for a fundamental change in national budget priorities.
Sen. Ben Cardin, From YouTubeVideos
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Cardin's Anti-Russia Views Make Him a Fitting Opponent for Chelsea Manning A nuclear war between the United States and Russia would do more than kill vast numbers of innocent people. Scientific research tells us that a nuclear holocaust would make the Earth "virtually uninhabitable." Sen. Ben Cardin is one of the loudest and most prominent voices for such hostility. He should be challenged.
Bernie Sanders Rally in Indiana, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 16, 2020
"Not Him...Us": On the Ultimate Meaning of the Bernie Sanders Campaign While Sanders continues to be the preeminent and most effective progressive voice in the country, the future -- now that his presidential hopes are over -- is truly up to us.
Bernie Sanders and our revolution going forward, From GoogleImages
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 26, 2016
The Debut of Our Revolution: Great Potential. But. The live-streaming debut of Our Revolution continued a terrific legacy from the Bernie campaign of educating and agitating with vital progressive positions on such crucial matters as economic justice, institutional racism, climate change, Wall Street, corporate trade deals and health care. But throughout Our Revolution's live-stream, war went unmentioned.
From flickr.com: Democratic Donkey Down, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 10, 2018
New Polls Show Anti-Trump Isn't Enough to Beat GOP With six months to go before the midterm election, new national polls are showing that the Democratic Party's much-touted momentum to gain control of the House has stalled out. The latest numbers tell us a lot about the limits of denouncing Donald Trump without offering much more than a return to the old status quo.
Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles Bernie Sanders holds his first 2020 campaign stop in Los Angeles. Thousands attend the rally in Grand Park. He also became the first presidential candidate in ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2019
Bernie Is Not a Wind Sock Bernie Sanders wrapped up a weekend campaign swing through California with a Sunday afternoon speech to 16,000 of us a few miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. News coverage seemed unlikely to convey much about the event. The multiracial crowd reflected the latest polling that shows great diversity of support for Bernie, contrary to corporate media spin. High energy for basic social change was in the air.
Destruction - Atomic Bomb Weapons Of Mass Destruction, From GoogleImages
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Playing Chicken with Nuclear Annihilation Much of Official Washington wants to escalate the confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia, ignoring the terrifying reality that this game of chicken could end life on the planet, as Norman Solomon observes.
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Bernie Sanders Can Silence His Critics in New Hampshire Whether they agree with Bernie or not, people widely understand that he absolutely means what he says. And that helps to explain why, during the next seven days, in national media and across New Hampshire, corporate forces will be in overdrive to prevent a Bernie Sanders victory in the New Hampshire primary.
Courtroom sketch of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Convicting Sterling to Chill Whistleblowing In the cause of protecting government secrets, the CIA and Justice Department made an example of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling by convicting him of exposing a dubious covert operation without presenting clear-cut evidence that he did, a chilling message to others, notes Norman Solomon.
Beto O'Rourke Primary Election Victory Party, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 21, 2019
Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President O'Rourke is hardly eager for those upcoming voters to realize that the growth of his political career is rooted in an alliance with powerful Republicans that began 15 years ago. Or that he supported raising the minimum age for Social Security in 2012. Or that during six years in Congress, through the end of 2018, he often aligned himself with Republican positions.
Courtroom sketch of Sterling trial, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 26, 2015
Hiding the Political Subtext of Sterling Trial Whenever lawyers for ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling sought to illuminate the political context for his prosecution as a leaker, prosecutors objected with the support of the federal judge, but politics has always lurked in the case's background, writes Norman Solomon.
Hillary Clinton clarifies her comparison of Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler while discussing the Ukrainian crisis., From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 7, 2014
Hillary Clinton on Putin: Playing a Dog-Eared "Hitler" Card With the largest nuclear arsenals on the planet, the United States and Russia have the entire world on a horrific knife's edge. Nuclear saber-rattling is implicit in what the prospective President Hillary Clinton has done in recent days, going out of her way to tar Russia's president with a Hitler brush.
Dianne Feinstein, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 7, 2013
An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Feinstein, your energetic contempt for the Bill of Rights is serving a bipartisan power structure that threatens to crush our democratic possibilities. A huge number of people in California and around the country will oppose your efforts for the surveillance state at every turn.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 3, 2014
Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law? International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a "breach of international law." Secretary of State John Kerry followed up by declaring that Russia is "in direct, overt violation of international law." Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Obama
Iranian women attending a speech by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 26, 2015
Planting False Evidence on Iran Prior to the U.S. intelligence community's 2007 assessment that Iran was not working on a nuclear weapons program, there was a scramble among U.S. and Israeli officials to show that it was. The CIA's Operation Merlin also revealed that U.S. officials were not above planting false evidence, writes Norman Solomon.
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Tangled in the Garden of Good and Evil A French television program tackles the tough questions of compliance and resistance. The most widely acclaimed TV series ever about the Nazi occupation of France is a relentless epic with little use for the familiar images of craven collaborators and selfless resisters.
Bernie Sanders Admits Joe Is Already Snubbing The Left, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 14, 2020
Bernie Sanders and Progressives in Our Winter of Discontent At this point, Sanders and avid supporters of the Bernie 2020 campaign have ample reasons to feel frustrated, even "enormously" insulted. It's small comfort that Biden's picks so far are purportedly "not as bad as Obama's" were 12 years ago. That's a low bar, especially to those who understand that Barack Obama heavily corporatized his presidency from the outset.
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Google: Doing Evil with ALEC ALEC's reactionary efforts -- thoroughly documented by the Center for Media and Democracy -- are shameful assaults on democratic principles. And Google is now among the hundreds of companies in ALEC. Many people who've admired Google are now wondering: how could this be?
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Why an "Apology Tour" Is Needed: An Open Letter to Joe Biden News outlets are reporting that you're determined to prevent your campaign from turning into an "apology tour" this summer. But your only other option is a campaign of denial -- sinking deeper into a quagmire of unsustainable pretense.
Kamala Harris Reveals Trump Can't Tolerate Strong Women, From YouTubeVideos
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To Beat Trump, Stand Tall for Progressive Values With another Trump presidency, the left would have few options and could face new levels of government repression. . Our democracy, our planet, and our human rights would continue to sustain enormous and potentially irreparable damage.
Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Power in a Time of Coronavirus Rather than being a respite from political power struggles, the coronavirus emergency is greatly intensifying them. More aid for those immersed in greed will mean less for those in desperate need. The quest by corporate profiteers to mercilessly exploit dire situations has never flagged.
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Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests Wearing a mask is about solidarity. Unfortunately, some protesters have not worn masks, perhaps unaware that they were putting others at risk. Meanwhile, some police officers have disregarded orders to wear masks.
OFFICIAL SECRETS Official Trailer #2 (2019) Keira Knightley, Matt Smith Movie HD OFFICIAL SECRETS Official Trailer #2 (2019) Keira Knightley, Matt Smith Movie HD Subscribe to Rapid Trailer For All The Latest Movie Trailers!, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The "Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War Joe Biden's recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another . This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war. Ironically, while he was spinning anew to deny the undeniable, theaters nationwide began screening a movie that exposes...
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Progressives Made Trump's Defeat Possible. Now It's Time to Challenge Biden and Other Corporate Democrats. With enormous grassroots outreach that only they could credibly accomplish, progressive activists were a crucial part of the de facto united front to defeat Trump. Now it's time to get on with grassroots organizing to challenge corporate Democrats.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Spinning US Voters to Stay Passive As public anger toward America's self-interested establishment bubbles into a boil, the mainstream media has grown frantic appealing to the masses to "stay sane," reject populism -- especially Bernie Sanders's variety -- and renew the establishment's lease on the White House, as Norman Solomon notes.
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Will Biden's dog whistles for racism catch up with him? Apt to be a big political liability among voters who normally vote Democratic in large numbers, Joe Biden's historic dog-whistling for racism is an incontrovertible reality. Denial of that reality could help him win the party's nomination and then help Donald Trump get re-elected.
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Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to "Russiagate" Enthusiasts -- Whether They Like It or Not U.S. media spent most of the last week clamoring for Trump to order air strikes on Syria. Powerful news organizations have led the way in goading Trump to prove that he's not a Putin lackey after all. One of the clearest ways that Trump can offer such proof is to recklessly show he's willing to risk a catastrophic military confrontation with Russia.
Here's the Proof: The Establishment Fears Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders surges in the polls and Hillary backer Senator Claire Mccaskill unloads a silly and red baiting attack on Sanders. A new Gallup poll says that ..., From ImagesAttr
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Bernie Sanders should stop ducking foreign policy While unavailable on his campaign website and barely mentioned on the stump, the broad outlines of Sanders' opinions about foreign policy and war can be gleaned from interviews and Q&A portions of town hall appearances. For the most part, on those subjects, his outlook appears to be in line with the views of many Democrats on Capitol Hill.
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CIA-Friendly Jury Seen in Sterling Trial Accused leaker and ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling may face an uphill battle for acquittal as a northern Virginia federal court empanelled a jury that seemed generally sympathetic to the U.S. intelligence community, reports Norman Solomon.
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Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites With so many people understandably upset about Trump's victory, there's an evident attraction to blaming the Kremlin, a convenient scapegoat for Hillary Clinton's loss. But the Post's blacklisting story and the media's amplification of it -- and the overall political environment that it helps to create -- are all building blocks for a reactionary order, threatening the First Amendment and a range of civil liberties.
MSNBC Rachel Maddow looks at new information on ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, From YouTubeVideos
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GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin Hammering on Russia is a losing strategy for progressives as most Americans care about economic issues and it is the Republicans and corporate Democrats who stand to gain, argues Norman Solomon.
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Cut Off the NSA's Juice Serving the warfare state and overall agendas for U.S. global dominance to the benefit of corporate elites, the NSA persists in doing violence to the Constitution's civil-liberties amendments -- chilling the First, smashing the Fourth and end-running the Fifth. It's time to stop giving juice to Big Brother.
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"Think Through the Implications of Our Actions": An Open Letter to Rep. Barbara Lee Your declaration on Friday that you are "outraged" by a meeting between the presidents of the world's two nuclear-weapons superpowers is the opposite of restraint. Likewise, your baiting of Trump with the question "Where do his loyalties lie?" echoes the accusations of treason hurled at you for years.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Sanders' Democrats Call for Change The fallout from the imploded Hillary Clinton campaign is prompting demands from Democratic progressives for an immediate change at the top, in this case the resignation of interim DNC chairperson Donna Brazile, says Norman Solomon.
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Bernie Sanders Is Everything Joe Biden Is Not Four years ago, the media wisdom was that the 2016 Sanders campaign would scarcely get out of single digits. Media savants dismissed him and the political program that he championed as fringe. In timeworn fashion, when reporters and pundits made reference to any policy issues, the context was usually horseracing, which is what most campaign coverage boils down to.
Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
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Why Bernie Sanders delegates should keep fighting Many "Berners" are frustrated and angry. It's not only that hopes for a Sanders nomination and presidency were abruptly dashed. More corrosive and significant is a common feeling that, despite his recent nods leftward, Biden remains largely oblivious to social imperatives.
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Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans don't buy the media's bellicose spin, as Norman Solomon explains.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2021
What About the "Unimpeachable" Offenses? By narrowly defining which offenses are impeachable, political elites are implicitly telling us which offenses aren't.
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Let's Give the CIA the Credit It Deserves Today, the massive new trove of CIA documents can help to put things in perspective. Maybe now people will grasp that our nation's undermining of democracy is home-grown and self-actualized. It's an insult to the ingenious capacities of the United States of America to think that we can't do it ourselves.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 6, 2010
A Hollow Bomber Jacket Evidence of the Obama administration's "moral collapse" is profuse; the pattern is clear, the consequences already terrible. During the weeks and months ahead, progressives will need to engage in fresh strategic discussions. Public candor may be insufficient, but it is necessary.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2020
Progressive Message to Joe Biden: Don't You Dare "Cooperate" With Mitch McConnell If Biden chooses to "cooperate" with Mitch McConnell, that choice is likely to set off a political war between the new administration and the Democratic Party's progressive base.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 27, 2017
Trump Can Prove He's Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World The frenzy to vilify Russia and put the kibosh on the potential for detente is now undermining open democratic discourse about U.S. foreign policy -- while defaming advocates of better U.S.-Russia relations in ways that would have made Joe McCarthy proud. Those who keep goading and baiting President Trump as a puppet of Russia's government are making nuclear war more likely.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 2, 2013
New Era for Progressives and Obama With the danger of a Republican replacing Obama in the White House now behind us, progressives must proceed to systematically confront the administration in the process of reframing the national discourse on economic fairness, Wall Street, civil liberties, war and climate change. The next generations are depending on us.
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Persecution of CIA's Jeffrey Sterling The U.S. government's successful prosecution of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for leaking secrets about a failed covert operation to the press followed a long campaign against him for protesting racial discrimination inside the spy agency, writes Norman Solomon.
Amazon's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post., From ImagesAttr
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Amazon, the CIA and Assassinations The entangling threads connecting technology, media and the surveillance state have snarled so completely that it’s next to impossible to untie them, exemplified by Amazon, the Washington Post, and the CIA’s pending assassination of a suspected American terrorist, as Norman Solomon explains.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 23, 2016
In Resistance to Trump, "Community" Should Be a Verb The solution to anti-democratic power is power -- truly democratic power -- from the grassroots, from the bottom up -- really our only hope. From protests and electoral work to public education and lobbying and legal interventions and so many other forms of organizing and activism, countless essential tasks await us.
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Tax Revelations and Corporate Media Won't Defeat Trump The big banner headline across the top of the New York Times homepage as Tuesday got underway -- "TRUMP'S TAXES SHOW CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE" -- might give the impression that Donald Trump is finally on the verge of political downfall. Don't believe it for a moment.
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David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Bill Keller Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Orders Edward Snowden's disclosures, the New York Times reported on Sunday , "have renewed a longstanding concern: that young Internet aficionados whose skills the agencies need for counterterrorism and cyberdefense sometimes bring an anti-authority spirit that does not fit the security bureaucracy."
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Denouncing Republican Evils Can't Do Much for the Biden Presidency Without Demanding Progressive Policies The Republican plunge into Trumpism has made the party especially unhinged and dangerous, but its basic ideology has long been a shameless assault on minimal standards of human decency.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 20, 2017
Trump, the Democrats and the Logan Act It should be obvious that the Logan Act is antithetical to free speech and other vital liberties. The law provides for up to three years in prison for "any citizen of the United States" who -- without authorization from the U.S. government -- "directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 26, 2014
Jerry Brown's Service to the Gilded State Brown has repeatedly disappointed -- and increasingly angered -- his party's progressive base, while helping pro-corporate Democrats in the legislature to move state politics rightward. Brown has effectively been reshaping the state's Democratic Party from the top down, turning some key aspects of its platform into little more than a wistful wish list.
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Editorial Position of the New York Times: "Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter" The New York Times, the most influential media voice in the United States -- where the government is the main backer of Israel's power -- proclaimed that the mass killing by the Israeli military was regrettable but not objectionable. By the lights of the Oval Office and the New York Times editorial boardroom, lofty rhetoric aside, the proper role of Palestinian people is to be slaughtered into submission.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 22, 2015
Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence If Sterling goes to prison, a major reason will be that the CIA leadership is angry about being portrayed as an intelligence gang that can't shoot straight. The government cannot imprison Risen the journalist, but it may be on the verge of imprisoning Sterling the whistleblower. Based on the evidence, it would be delusional to think of the CIA as a place run by straight shooters.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 21, 2013
Congress: End Endless War and Stop Becoming "the Evil That We Deplore" "We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war," President Obama said in his 2013 inaugural address, after four years of doing more than any other president to normalize perpetual war as a bipartisan enterprise. Repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force will be very hard. Revoking the power to combine lovely rhetoric with pernicious militarism w
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Sen. Feinstein: Accidental "Whistleblower" President Obama has stumbled into a scandal created by his determination to protect dirty secrets on torture and other CIA crimes committed by the Bush-43 administration. The unlikely “whistleblower” is another Democratic defender of CIA abuses, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, notes Norman Solomon.
Neera Tanden Is COMPLETELY DESTROYED By Former Sanders Press Sec With that signature grace, elegance and fierceness, former Bernie Sanders Press Secretary Briahna Joy Gray (twitter.com/briebriej oy)  absolutely destroys ..., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2020
Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken Personify the 'Moderate' Rot at the Top of the Democratic Party Sometimes a couple of nominations convey an incoming president's basic mindset and worldview. That's how it seems with Joe Biden's choices to run the Office of Management and Budget and the State Department.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Don't Let President Biden "Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes" More than being a time of hope or fatalism the inauguration of President Joe Biden should be a time of skeptical realism and determination.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 20, 2016
The Democratic Party's "Superdelegates" Are Super Wrong Today, a big vestige of undemocratic processes remains within the Democratic Party -- "superdelegates." It will take 2,383 delegates to win the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in late July. They are pillars of the Democratic Party establishment, and they're hotwired into having a very large say in selecting the presidential nominee.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 22, 2010
Who Let the Blue Dogs Out? It's one thing to support a Blue Dog Democrat in a general election against a Republican. It's quite another thing for members of the Progressive Caucus to defend a Blue Dog Democrat against a primary challenge from a genuine progressive Democrat.
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When hope turns rancid: LBJ and Obama Living in a mass culture that encourages political passivity, all too many of Obama's ex-enthusiasts have drifted into quiet disengagement instead of creative enragement. While recent years have seen an upsurge of activism on issues that range from climate change and economic justice to civil liberties and war, the magnitude and intensity of such efforts must increase.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Verbal Tics and Political Routines Norman Solomon raises some excellent points on framing and languaging
High winds threaten to further fan U.S. wildfires Wildfires extending from California to Washington state have killed at least 35 people and forced tens of thousands to flee. Smoke from the fires has resulted in ..., From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 17, 2020
Trump's Climate Denial Gains Strength If We're in Denial About His Neo-Fascism Spiking temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, catastrophic hurricanes and unprecedented wildfires are clear signs of a climate emergency caused by humans. Denying the awful reality makes the situation worse. The same can be said of denial about the current momentum toward fascism under Donald Trump.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, March 21, 2016., From ImagesAttr
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The Democrats' Russia-Did-It Dodge To avoid facing up to why Hillary Clinton's pro-corporatist candidacy really lost key Rust Belt states, national Democrats are finding it easier to blame Russia, a dangerous and self-defeating game, says Norman Solomon at The Hill.
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Why Snowden's Passport Matters President Obama declares his love of "transparency," but has an odd way of showing it, meting out harsh punishments to people who give the public a glimpse into the vast darkness of U.S. secrets, including revoking Edward Snowden's passport to stop him from seeking asylum.
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Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks: Subverting Illusions Above and beyond Assange's personal freedom, what's at stake includes the impunity of the United States and its allies to relegate transparency to a mythical concept, with democracy more rhetoric than reality.
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JFK in Political Shades of Gray Fifty years after the horrific day in Dallas, it's hard to think of John F. Kennedy apart from an aura of political sainthood. But mythology is disorienting in the long run, and we can do better with realism. JFK brought youthful intelligence and evocations of soaring idealism to the Oval Office. Kennedy relied on deft wordsmiths to produce lofty speeches about freedom and democracy.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Progressives Can Make Truly Great Changes Happen During the Biden Presidency If President Biden is pushed hard and far and persistently enough, some truly great changes are possible.
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Race, Leaks and Prosecution at the CIA Condoleezza Rice made headlines when she testified Thursday at the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling -- underscoring that powerful people in the Bush administration went to great lengths a dozen years ago to prevent disclosure of a classified operation.
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King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone. After his Inaugural speech in January 2009, Obama has pursued policies that epitomize King's grim warning in 1967: "When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men." But Obama has not ignored King's anti-war legacy. On the contrary, the president has gone out of his way to distort and belittle it.
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Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington For the Nobel Committee, more than ever, war is peace. Across the globe, aligned with and/or intimidated by official Washington, many governments are enablers of an American warfare/surveillance multinational state. And in Washington, at the top of the government, when it comes to civil liberties and war and so much more, the moral compass has gone due south.
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Big Brother's Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties Ever since the first big revelations about the National Security Agency five months ago, Dianne Feinstein has been in overdrive to defend the surveillance state. As chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she generates an abundance of fog, weasel words, anti-whistleblower slander and bogus notions of reform -- while methodically stabbing civil liberties in the back.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Michèle Flournoy's Hopes Collapse Just a few weeks ago, super hawk Michèle Flournoy was being touted as a virtual shoo-in to become Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense.
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Challenging Obama on Manning Facing decades in prison, Pvt. Bradley Manning explained that patriotism drove his decision to reveal crimes hidden in classified documents. Now, it's up to President Obama to decide if he will pardon Manning or continue a strategy of making his punishment an example to others, as Norman Solomon notes in this open letter.
Watch Live: Joe Biden's First Campaign Rally Since Launching 2020 Bid, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as "a decent man " and Mike Pence as "a decent guy " merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders -- while calling Donald Trump an "aberration" -- is consistent with Biden's political record.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 19, 2020
Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast -- Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump I asked Glick about the role of today's Green Party, which is actively seeking votes for its presidential candidate Howie Hawkins -- even in some of the most tightly contested battleground states... Glick replied. "But their electoral strategy of always running someone for president has alienated large numbers of people who agree with their principles and program."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The Urgent Need for a Biden-Putin Summit Last week's outbreak of rhetorical hostilities between the White House and the Kremlin has heightened the urgent need for a summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2020
Some of the Many Reasons Progressives Don't Like Joe Biden There's truly an enormous amount in the Democrat's record to dislike, but progressives can get much better results fighting Biden than fighting Trump.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 10, 2009
Mr. President, War Is Not Peace From President Obama, we hear that peace is the ultimate goal. But "peace" is a fixture on a strategic horizon that keeps moving as the military keeps marching. War is not peace. It never has been. It never will be.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 5, 2015
In Defense of a CIA Whistleblower The mainstream U.S. news media sometimes rallies to the defense of a reporter who is pressured to reveal a source but not so much for the brave whistleblower who is the target of government retaliation. Such is the case for ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, writes Norman Solomon.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Why Progressives Must Not Give Joe a Political Honeymoon Progressives must now take responsibility and take action. As Nina Turner says, "everything we love is on the line."
President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation on the U.S. Counterterrorism strategy to combat ISIL (or ISIS), in the Cross Hall of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014., From ImagesAttr
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NYT Reverses on Merits of "Perpetual War" President Obama's decision to expand U.S. attacks against ISIS radicals into Syria without that government's approval is fraught with risks, including that U.S. forces might be sucked into yet another Mideast civil war, but the New York Times seems all right with that, notes Norman Solomon.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 29, 2013
Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet The huge imbalance of digital power now afflicting the Internet is a crucial subset of what afflicts the entirety of economic relations and political power in the United States. We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Choosing Against the Surveillance State NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden explained his decision to leak top-secret documents as a response to America letting a ragtag group of terrorists scare the country into accepting a near-Orwellian surveillance state, a choice that can be challenged.
Cuomo Defends Handling of Nursing Home Death Data: 'There Is Nothing to Investigate', From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats -- and the Dire Need for Progressive Populism The governors of New York and California -- the most populous states led by Democrats -- now symbolize how slick liberal images are no substitute for genuinely progressive priorities.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 15, 2014
An All-Seeing, All-Knowing Being A decade ago, exposure of President George W. Bush's Total Information Awareness scheme brought assurances that it had been shelved, but its Orwellian intent was only shifted to the NSA and it now gives the U.S. government nearly god-like powers, says Norman Solomon.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 4, 2016
Needed: Gun control at the Pentagon American officials trumpet and praise the U.S.-led bombing campaigns in Iraq and Syria, which have involved close to 10,000 airstrikes since mid-2014. It is left to others to count the human costs. The coalition airstrikes last year killed at least several hundred civilians, including many children.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 6, 2014
Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something Antidotes to the poisons of cynicism and passive despair can emerge from organizing to help create a better world. The process requires applying a single standard to the real actions of institutions and individuals, no matter how big their budgets or grand their power. What cannot withstand the light of day should not be suffered in silence. If you see something, say something.
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Our Twisted Politics of Grief Let's face it: in the American political culture of our day, all grief is not created equal. Not even close.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 26, 2011
Uncle Sam is making the wrong choices Charities and other nonprofits are struggling to cope with deep economic wounds that have been festering for years. The dire consequences are far more widespread than private agencies can possibly heal. Only government has the capacity to provide economic remedies for social distress of this magnitude. But government is failing.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Israel and Harman in Tandem: From High Seas to Airwaves Harman, a powerful member of the center-right Blue Dog Coalition, is one of the Israeli government's most valued allies on Capitol Hill. She's a standout -- even in a Congress teeming with fervent apologists for Israel's relentless suppression of Palestinian rights.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 6, 2021
In 2021, the Best Way to Fight Neofascist Republicans Is to Fight Neoliberal Democrats Republicans who've made clear their utter contempt for democracy will retain powerful leverage over the U.S. government. And they're securely entrenched because Trumpism continues to thrive in much of the country.
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A Portrait of the Leaker as a Young Man Snowden's choice was ultimately personal. He decided to take big risks on behalf of big truths; he showed how easy and hazardous such a step can be. He blew the whistle not only on the NSA's Big Brother surveillance but also on the fear, constantly in our midst, that routinely induces conformity.
Amazon's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post., From ImagesAttr
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WPost Slips Behind Amazon's Cloud Technology moguls -- many involved with high-tech U.S. intelligence projects -- are deploying their fortunes to buy up or start up media entities that give them control of the tone and content of journalism, including Amazon's Jeff Bezos and his Washington Post.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 9, 2013
Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole Of course the Republican economic program is worse, and President Romney's policies would have been even more corporate-driven. That doesn't in the slightest make acceptable what Obama is doing. His latest high-level appointments -- boosting corporate power and shafting the public -- are despicable.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands? The frontrunner to be Joe Biden's pick for Secretary of Defense is Michèle Flournoy. It's a prospect that should do more than set off alarm bells -- it should be understood as a scenario for the president-elect to stick his middle fingers in the eyes of Americans who are fed up with endless war and ongoing militarism.
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Clarity from Edward Snowden and Murky Response from Progressive Leaders in Congress As the largest caucus of Democrats on Capitol Hill, the Progressive Caucus could supply a principled counterweight to the bombast coming from the likes of Boehner and Feinstein. But for that to happen, leaders of the 75-member caucus would need to set a good example by putting up a real fight. Right now, even when we hear some promising words, the extent of the political resolve behind them is hazy.
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Don't Vent, Organize -- And "Primary" a Democrat Near You A good starting point to consider launching a primary challenge in your area would be to look at those 44 progressive caucus members of Congress who continue to refuse to make such a promise, leaving themselves wiggle room to vote for cuts in three crucial programs of the social compact.
Scary Surveillance Technologies, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2015
The Digital Dog Ate Our Civil-Liberties Homework: "It's Just the Way It Is" The message is that -- if you don't like mass surveillance and draconian measures to intimidate whistleblowers as well as journalists -- your beef is really with technology, and good luck with pushing back against that. Get it? The fault, dear citizen, is not in our political stars but in digital tech. A surveillance state or a democratic system -- which is to be master?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 20, 2013
Uncle Sam and Corporate Tech: Domestic Partners Raising Digital Big Brother A terrible formula has taken hold: warfare state + corporate digital power = surveillance state. "National security" agencies and major tech sectors have teamed up to make Big Brother a reality. "Of the estimated $80 billion the government will spend on intelligence this year, most is spent on private contractors," the New York Times noted. The synergy is great for war-crazed snoops in Washington and profit-crazed moguls
Rep. Barbara Lee, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Rep. Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending Barbara Lee's sincerity and commitment to peace are beyond question. But it's all too easy for lawmakers to be unduly influenced by party leadership on Capitol Hill, where conformity is vital for the warfare state. Only pressure from the grassroots has the potential to overcome the business as usual in official Washington.
Michele Flournoy, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 30, 2020
Some Liberals and Arms-Control Experts Are Cheering for War Profiteers to Be in Biden's Cabinet Antony Blinken and Michèle Flournoy shamelessly teamed up to cash in while rotating through high positions at the State Department and Pentagon. At the same time, Blinken (the Biden nominee to be Secretary of State) and Flournoy (in the running for Secretary of Defense) have backed nonstop U.S. warfare.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Resisting the surveillance state of mind Unless we directly challenge the system of mass surveillance now, the ruling elites may understand our complacency as consent, with results that extend the reach of surveillance and its damaging consequences. Even as it grows more familiar, this bulk collection of data is corroding civil society. The surveillance state generates fearful conformity.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A Warfare State of Mind Many Americans forget how intimidating it was a decade ago for any U.S. citizen to speak out against President George W. Bush's rush to war with Iraq. For example, the Dixie Chicks got death threats and actor Sean Penn was denounced as "a stooge of Saddam."
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 12, 2013
Memo from Oslo: If Peace Is Prized, a Nobel for Bradley Manning Opening heart and mind to moral responsibility -- seeing an opportunity to provide the crucial fuel of information for democracy and compassion -- Bradley Manning lifted a shroud and illuminated terrible actions of the USA's warfare state. He chose courage on behalf of humanity. He refused to just follow orders. The Nobel Peace Prize needs Bradley Manning much more than the other way around.
Democratic Donkey, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2016
Shaking Up the Democratic Party we're in the midst of the first major insurrection against the Democratic Party power structure in 28 years. The millions of us who support the Bernie Sanders campaign -- whatever our important criticisms -- should aim to fully grasp the huge opportunities and obstacles that await us.
Future of Media, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 13, 2014
Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent On the whole, the media critics boosted by big media have been conformists who don't step outside the shadows cast by the institutions paying their salaries. And they're not inclined to question the corporate prerogatives of other media firms; people in glass skyscrapers don't throw weighty stones.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2013
Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of U.S. Cards In the short run, the belligerent responses from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are bound to play badly in most of the U.S. media. But Netanyahu and the forces he represents have only begun to fight. They want war on Iran, and they are determined to exercise their political muscle that has long extended through most of the Washington establishment.
Vice President Joe Biden addresses a J Street conference in 2013., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 22, 2014
J Street's Dead End The hardline Zionist positions of AIPAC have given rise to a more moderate pro-Israel lobby called J Street, which deviates from some right-wing Israeli policies by favoring negotiations with Iran, for instance. But J Street still makes excuses for Israel’s repression of the Palestinians, write Abba A. Solomon and Norman Solomon.
Berlin Wall remnant outside NATO'S Brussels headquarters., From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness When NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg gives his speech to the assembled members of Congress Wednesday, you can count on the House speaker and Senate majority leader to be right behind him. The bipartisan enthusiasm will be obvious in tribute to a militarized political culture that is vastly profitable for a few, while vastly destructive in countless ways.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Terminating a Runaway General? Yes. But the Crying Need is to Terminate a Runaway War none of such pro-war handwringing makes as much sense as a simple red-white-and-blue bumper sticker that says: "These colors don't run . . . the world." Fierce controversy has focused on terminating a runaway general. But the crying need is to terminate a runaway war.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Moral Verdict on Bradley Manning: A Conviction of Love in Action No verdict handed down by the military judge can change the moral verdict that has emerged from people all over the world, reciprocating what Bradley Manning expressed online a few days before his arrest: "I can't separate myself from others." And: "I feel connected to everybody ... like they were distant family."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 30, 2009
The Hollow Politics of Escalation At the core of the enabling politics is inner space that's hollow enough to reliably cave under pressure. Typically, Democrats with antiwar inclinations weaken and collapse at push-comes-to-shove moments on Capitol Hill. The habitual pattern involves loyalty toward - and fear of - "the leadership."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses - So Naturally They're Blaming Progressives Democratic losses left just a razor-thin cushion in the House, and the party failed to win a Senate majority. Now corporate Democrats are scapegoating progressives.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 30, 2013
While Cameron Defers to Parliament, Obama Locks into Warfare State of Mind Some progressive groups and members of Congress have focused on urging that Congress get to vote -- or at least play a role -- in the decision on whether to bomb Syria. But we should not imply that we'll be satisfied as long as the matter comes to a congressional vote. Time is very short; we should cut through the preliminaries and get to the point: No attack on Syria!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 29, 2010
A Bomber Jacket Doesn't Cover the Blood "There's going to be setbacks," President Obama told the troops at Bagram Air Base. "We face a determined enemy. But we also know this: The United States of America does not quit once it starts on something."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Toxic Lure of "Guns and Butter" The most powerful commitment to escalation of military spending comes from Democratic leaders representing deep blue districts -- in Pelosi's case, San Francisco. Merely backing a budget that's not as bad as Trump's offering is a craven and immoral approach.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 27, 2018
Victory in Superdelegates Fight Means: Grassroots Can Win Officials rarely decide to reduce their own power. And the Democratic Party has not made such a historic reform to its presidential nominating process in decades. So, how did it happen?

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