(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 6, 2018 Here Are the 19 Senate Democrats Still Not Committed to Defending Net Neutrality
Now that the FCC has finally made public all 539 pages (pdf) of chairman Ajit Pai's order to repeal net neutrality, defenders of the open internet are warning that the time has come for members of Congress to make a choice -- either side with the American public and take action to stop Pai's attack on net neutrality, or be voted out of office.
SHARE Sunday, September 21, 2014 Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange
Assange said Google has been involved "since at least 2002 working with the NSA; in terms of contracts they are formally listed as part of the defense industrial base. Since 2009 they've been engaged in the PRISM system where information collected by Google, nearly all information collected by Google, is available to the National Security Agency."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Groups Appeal to UN for "Humanity" as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands
Residents say the mass water cut-off of this vital service is especially unjust in a city already struggling with high unemployment, a poverty rate near 40 percent, and a foreclosure crisis that has devastated and displaced people across the city, hitting Detroit's African American community especially hard.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 4, 2016 How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders & Helped Donald Trump Win
Rarely do you hear a news personality on television admitting that they failed miserably in covering the Sanders campaign. The U.S. media effectively iced out a major-party candidate who consistently held the largest rallies, even without a media megaphone. Bernie Sanders has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for the Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.
SHARE Sunday, February 4, 2018 Elizabeth Warren Rallies an "Army" for 2018 Midterms and Beyond
In Malden, Warren's goal was clear: ramp up the army for 2018. With some success, 2018 will ramp up that same army for 2020, when progressives will have a chance to retake the government, and usher in an economy reminiscent of the New Deal and social democracies. That's the plan, anyway.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, September 1, 2017 Nobel Prize Winners Name Trump and His "Ignorance" as Top Threats to World Population
It's not the first time some of the world's top scientists and doctors have publicly expressed disapproval of the president. Earlier this year, 62 Nobel Laureates signed a petition denouncing Trump's executive order directing U.S. agencies to ban travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
(22 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 12, 2017 Snowden: "Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated with Russian Intel"
U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump -- who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed. Snowden's ACLU lawyer, Ben Wizner, says they are unaware of any plans that would send him back to the United States. "Team Snowden has received no such signals and has no new reason for concern," he said.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Sanders Rips "Desperate" Right-Wingers for Taking His Tax Bill Comments "Completely Out of Context"
Sanders wrote, "At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, 83 percent of the tax benefits in that bill go to the top one percent at the end of 10 years and 60 percent of the benefits go to the top one-tenth of one percent. On the other hand, by the end of the decade, 92 million middle-class Americans will actually be paying more in taxes, including 8 million in the first year alone."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 23, 2019 After Handing Rich $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut, Trump Considering Slashing Medicare and Social Security
After exploding the federal budget deficit with over a trillion dollars in tax cuts for the rich and massive corporations, President Donald Trump is reportedly considering using his possible second term in the White House to slash Medicare and Social Security -- the final part of a two-step plan progressives have been warning about since before the GOP tax bill passed Congress in 2017.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 25, 2016 Will DNC Give Sanders Supporters the Full Roll Call Vote They Seek?
Bernie Sanders' name will be placed in nomination and there will be a full roll-call vote on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) floor on Tuesday night, according to reports. The Los Angeles Times noted Monday that Sanders supporters "fanned out across Philadelphia on Monday morning, collecting signatures to ensure the Vermont senator gets a roll call vote on the convention floor."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 25, 2014 Citizenfour Producers Sued for "Aiding" Edward Snowden
A retired naval officer and former government secretary is suing the producers of Citizenfour, the documentary chronicling NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's classified document release in 2013, for "profiteering" from the "theft and misuse" of government files.
SHARE Sunday, September 17, 2017 The Climate Catastrophe We're All Ignoring
The threat we're facing comes, not from enemies at war with us, but from the results of an economic system designed to exploit the earth and the most vulnerable humans living on it at an ever-increasing pace. As long as we measure ourselves and others by how much we consume, we're complicit in fueling the global system that's rapaciously devouring the earth.
SHARE Monday, August 26, 2019 The Amazon Is Burning Because the World Eats So Much Meat
While the wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest may constitute an "international crisis," they are hardly an accident. So, for those wondering how they could help save the rainforest, known as "the planet's lungs" for producing about 20% of the world's oxygen, the answer may be simple. Eat less meat.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Correction: US Did Find Chemical Weapons in Iraq... The Ones They Sent There
New reporting by the New York Times reveals the only chemical weapons found in Iraq were "designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies." And because they didn't fit the pre-invasion narrative, it was all kept quiet.
(19 comments) SHARE Monday, July 20, 2015 Wesley Clark Calls for Internment Camps for "Radicalized" Americans
Retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Friday called for World War II-style internment camps to be revived for "disloyal Americans." In an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, Clark said that during World War II, "if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn't say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war."
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 6, 2018 Funding Platform to Unseat Susan Collins in 2020 Raises over $3 Million, Crashes From Traffic Surge
A crowd-sourced fund to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in 2020 crashed Friday afternoon after traffic spiked and donations surged as she was delivering a speech on the Senate floor explaining why she would join nearly all of her GOP colleagues in voting "yes" on controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The fund had already surpassed its $2,000,000 goal.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 4, 2016 Sanders to Clinton: Yes, Trump's Foreign Policy Ideas Are Scary. But So Are Yours
Sanders agreed with Clinton that Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas are incredibly reckless and irresponsible. But he said when it comes to foreign policy, "we cannot forget that Secretary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in modern American history, and that she has been a proponent of regime change, as in Libya, without thinking through the consequences."
SHARE Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Watch: Sanders Responds to Trump's "Reckless" Decision to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal
Sanders said Trump's decision is the opposite of the kind of leadership that is needed in the world. "Real American leadership, and real American power, is not shown by our ability to blow things up," argued Sanders, "but by our ability to bring parties together, to forge international consensus around shared problems, and then to mobilize that consensus to address those problems. That is what this agreement did."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 16, 2019 "Not Founded On Anything": The Epitaph for the Sarah Huckabee Sanders Era
Sanders embraced a scorched earth strategy wherein a quite shameless effort to defend Trump -- she would gladly sacrifice core elements of democratic society, such as a free press. Sanders was doing precisely the job that she was asked, and loved, to do: lie, attack, deflect and question the very nature of reality, and undermine anyone or anything that threatened the power of the privileged.
SHARE Monday, March 7, 2016 Five Years After Fukushima, "No End in Sight" to Ecological Fallout
Edwin Lyman, a UCS senior scientist and co-author of Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster said, "...the agency has failed to fully learn the lessons of Fukushima. It needs to go back to the drawing board and reconsider critical safety recommendations that it dismissed without good justification. The health and safety of the more than 100 million Americans living within 50 miles of a nuclear plant hang in the balance.
SHARE Thursday, September 8, 2016 Prominent Scholars Decry TPP's "Frontal Attack" on Law and Democracy
More than 200 legal and economic scholars -- including President Barack Obama's Harvard Law School mentor Laurence Tribe -- have penned a letter to Congress warning that the pro-corporate Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) regime enshrined in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) "threatens the rule of law and undermines our nation's democratic institutions."
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2015 Not "Serious" and "Ridiculous": Edward Snowden Unimpressed with Both Trump and Clinton
Asked by UpFront host Mehdi Hasan about comments made about him by the current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump -- who once called the whistleblower a "a bad guy" and insinuated he could be executed for the disclosures -- Snowden simply said it was "very difficult to respond in a serious way to any statement that's made by Donald Trump."
SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2015 International Peacemakers Announce Women's Walk for Peace and Reunification of Korea
During the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting, leading global women peacemakers will announce plans for a women's peace walk calling for an end to the Korean War, which is technically unresolved without a peace treaty. Gloria Steinem, Abigail Disney, Ann Wright, Suzy Kim, Keum-ok Kim, Hyun-Kyung Chung and Christine Ahn will speak.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 3, 2016 Sanders Organizing Grassroots Push Against TPP for DNC Platform Meeting
Environmentalists oppose it. So do labor unions, medical professionals, and major religious groups, as well as every leading presidential candidate. So why hasn't the Democratic Party gone on record opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)? That's what Bernie Sanders wants to know.
SHARE Saturday, February 14, 2015 Rachel Corrie's Family Denied Justice From Israel's Highest Court
Corrie's family first filed a wrongful death civil suit in 2005. In 2012, Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa district court sided with the military and charged that Corrie was responsible for her own death. "She did not move away as any reasonable person would have done," ruled Gershon. "But she chose to endanger herself."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 12, 2014 Snowden Documentary Confirms Existence of New National Security Whistleblower
In his review of the film, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Trevor Timm places the existence of a second leaker in the context of Snowden himself as he describes the possible interplay between how the actions of one whistleblower may ultimately lead to motivating others to follow suit.
SHARE Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Cover Up
ExxonMobil has launched a full-throttled "bully" campaign against the graduate students who recently unmasked its scandalous climate change cover-up threatening to pull funds from the university that helped bring to light its dangerous and "most consequential" lies.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 29, 2017 "Disaster-in-Chief": San Juan Mayor Blasts Trump As Slow Recovery Drags On 100 Days After Hurricane Maria
Residents of Puerto Rico are still struggling and thousands remain without electricity. Although nearly 70 percent of the island's electrical grid is generating power after being destroyed by the storm, the Associated Press reported this week that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority "has no way of knowing how widely electricity is being distributed because the system that measures that isn't working."
SHARE Friday, January 19, 2018 US Global Standing Plummets as Trump Threatens Human Rights at Home and Abroad
The "authoritarian populist agenda" promoted by President Donald Trump along with lawmakers in several European Union countries, and those leaders' promotion of xenophobia and racism, has left a vacuum that leaders including Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China have taken advantage of, asserting their own anti-rights agendas.
SHARE Sunday, June 12, 2016 After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights, An Explosion of Democratic Suppression
In North Carolina, which has served as a ground zero for the voting rights debate after Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed some of the most restrictive voter ID rules in the nation, hundreds of thousands of voters reported difficulties casting ballots or even getting accurate poll location information. Approximately 318,000 registered voters, majority Black and Latino, did not have photo IDs as of the March 2016 primaries.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 13, 2016 "Disappointed" in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Dems to Drop Lame Duck TPP Push
Sanders said in his statement that he was "disappointed by the president's decision to continue pushing forward on the disastrous Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Obama Pushed to Pardon Snowden Before Leaving Office
The latest news isn't good for Snowden: on Monday, Norway announced that it was dismissing a lawsuit from Snowden's lawyers seeking safe passage for the whistleblower so that he could receive a free speech award in the country. The U.S. government filed espionage charges against Snowden in response to his 2013 leaks, and he faces extradition if he travels outside of Russia.
SHARE Friday, March 9, 2018 Warren Leads Probe into Half a Billion in Suspect Loans to Kushner Companies
As President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner faces mounting scrutiny about conflicts of interest regarding his family real estate business and his role in government, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is spearheading a congressional inquiry into half a billion dollars in loans that Kushner's company received after he met with finance executives at the White House.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 8, 2014 Bill McKibben: We "Don't Trust" Obama on Climate Change
According to McKibben, the climate movement does not trust Obama to do the right thing on the pipeline, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and outpouring of opposition to the tar sands project. He will be remembered at the moment, as the president who produced more carbon than anybody thought possible, unless he begins to act now with real power."
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, February 21, 2014 In Ukraine, Chaos and Violence Hide Nefarious Role of US
Experts on the situation in Ukraine say that most western media outlets are performing a disservice to the overall situation by casting Russia and Yanukovych as the source of blame for the bloodshed while glossing over key facts about the manner in which Europe and the U.S. have added to the recent instability.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 21, 2017 Will Trump Pardon Notorious Sheriff Arpaio? Trump Rally Raises Tensions in Phoenix
Trump told Fox News last week that he is "seriously considering a pardon" for 85-year-old Arpaio, who was convicted last month by a federal judge of criminal contempt for violating a 2011 court order requiring him to stop racially profiling Latinos with traffic stops and detentions. According to the ACLU, if Trump pardons Arpaio it would be "an official presidential endorsement of racism."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 9, 2017 As Republicans Hide From Voters, Sanders Rallies Trumpcare Resistance
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) spoke in two deeply red states -- Kentucky and West Virginia -- on Sunday in an effort to emphasize the devastating consequences the Republicans' plan would have on the poor, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, and those struggling with opioid addiction.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 17, 2014 Suspected Radiation Leak in Military's Nuclear Dumping Ground
A New Mexico deep-earth repository for the U.S. military's nuclear waste has likely sprung an underground radiation leak, sparking concern among Native American communities and other residents who "carry the burden" of this state's nuclear legacy.
SHARE Friday, June 20, 2014 "Politically Explosive" Docs Show How NSA Wiretaps Earth
New reporting by The Intercept and a partner newspaper in Denmark reveals that the National Security Agency, beyond its well-documented close-ties to the so-called Five Eyes nations, has extensive and previously unknown surveillance agreements with other nations that allow it unsurpassed access to global communication systems and the private information of the world's citizens that travel through them.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 3, 2018 Denouncing US Imperialism, Iran Charges It Is Trump Who Has "Consistently Violated" Nuclear Deal
As President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue to plow ahead with "cartoonish allegations" in an effort to undermine the Iran nuclear deal -- which most Americans support, despite the disinformation campaign against it -- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a video on Thursday that the U.S. has "consistently violated" terms of the accord and the agreement will not be renegotiated.
SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Dakota Access Construction Will Continue, Pipeline Corp CEO Vows
The heated, ongoing battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline continued Tuesday as the billionaire CEO of the pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners issued a memo to employees and outside media promising to "reiterate our commitment" to the pipeline's construction.
SHARE Monday, May 21, 2018 As Trump-North Korea Talks Falter, South Korea Says "Landmine" John Bolton to Blame
North Korea has condemned Bolton and his "Libya model" remarks last week as a "sinister" regime change threat in a statement last week. Bolton has a long history of calling for both regime change and a U.S. first strike on North Korea, warmongering that led Pyongyang to call him a "bloodsucker" when he was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 24, 2016 "Our Revolution" Kick-Off Signals New Phase for Movement Sanders Built
With the goal of carrying the progressive vision far past Election Day, Bernie Sanders and his supporters Wednesday evening are formally launching the next phase of the political revolution. Our Revolution is officially kicking off at 9pm EDT, when Sanders will address the tens of thousands expected to gather at the more than 2,600 launch events and house parties being held across the country.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 16, 2016 28 Pages Raise "Scores of Troubling Questions" on US-Saudi Ties
Sen. Bob Graham who led the charge to publish the documents, said the findings "point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia," and Congressman Rick Nolan said they "confirm that much of the rhetoric preceding the U.S. attack on Iraq was terribly wrong." Among the new revelations is the fact that Saudi officials apparently refused to cooperate with U.S. investigators seeking information about the attack.
SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2015 Bernie Sanders: Hillary, GOP Won't Take on Corporate Power
Republicans and Democrats, they say, oh, we'll create all these jobs by having a trade agreement with China. Well, the answer is, they were wrong, wrong, wrong. Over the years, we have lost millions of decent paying jobs. These trade agreements have forced wages down in America so the average worker in America today is working longer hours for lower wages.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 28, 2018 "In Front of Your Nose" -- A Sequel to Orwell in the Trump Era
Trump has never been sincere about anything in his life other than his own ambition. His "skepticism" about climate change is actually an awareness of the fossil fuel interests that fund him and the Republican Party, as well as his (probably unfounded) belief that the unemployed coal miners who voted for him can be rewarded with jobs in the mines if the climate issue can be made to go away.
SHARE Thursday, June 16, 2016 Guccifer 2.0? Lone Hacker Takes Credit for DNC Cyber Attack, Publishes Docs
After stating that the attack was "easy, very easy" to accomplish, the hacker wrote in their email to the Smoking Gun that "Guccifer may have been the first one who penetrated Hillary Clinton's and other Democrats' mail servers. But he certainly wasn't the last. No wonder any other hacker could easily get access to the DNC's servers."
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 12, 2016 Naomi Klein: Radical Solutions Only Proper Response to "Unyielding Science-Based Deadline"
Klein said it won't just be the poor and disenfranchised who pay the price of global warming. "Wealthy people think that they are going to be OK, that they will be taken care of. But we all will be affected." She said even as global warming and its attendant crises present perhaps the great challenge humankind has ever confronted, the situation should also be seen as a great opportunity.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 26, 2017 "Whoa, Whoa, Whoa": Sanders Says Democrats' Intransigence Is Solution, Not Problem
The collapse of the AHCA has now opened the door for Democrats to go on the offensive when it comes to solving the real shortcomings of the nation's healthcare system and a growing number of progressive organizations and labor unions are now actively calling for, and organizing around, a demand for Medicare for All.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Filmmaker Laura Poitras Sues US Over "Kafkaesque" Harassment
Poitras has spoken openly about her harassment at U.S. borders, which included reportedly being placed on the government's No Fly List after returning home from filming My Country, My Country, a 2006 documentary which profiled Iraqi critics of the U.S. occupation. She has also had her laptop, camera, mobile phone, and reporter notebooks seized and their contents copied, according to the suit.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 28, 2016 DNC Vice-Chair Resigns, Throws Support Behind Bernie Sanders
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii announced Sunday that she will resign as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee and endorse Bernie Sanders for president. Gabbard told her fellow DNC officers that "after much thought and consideration, I've decided I cannot remain neutral and sit on the sidelines any longer."
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 Clinton Sheds Progressive Facade with Bold Rightward Lurch
Clinton has only moved further in the militarist direction after exiting the administration, expressing skepticism of the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, escalating her rhetoric towards Russia, and proclaiming an "unbreakable bond" with the widely-reviled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 13, 2016 Democrats Against Democracy, Self-Styled Progressives Against Progress
Those who attempt to blame Sanders are looking for a cheap, painless way to avoid addressing the deeper flaws that are consuming their party from the inside. They are also attempting to divert attention from the fact that Sanders has not created these flaws -- he has exposed them.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 8, 2016 Jeremy Corbyn Launches Bold Progressive Vision to Transform UK
Like Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in the U.S., Corbyn has been seen as a progressive champion fomenting a populist insurgency against entrenched interests of powerful elites. He rejects the impulse to leave the EU but also argues that those who voted for Brexit earlier this summer -- frustrated by lack of jobs and a government beholden to corporate interests -- could no longer be ignored by the nation's leaders.
SHARE Sunday, June 24, 2018 Trump's Mean Boy Nation
Trump and his crowd are dedicated to curdling the milk of human kindness. They fill their pockets while destroying America in a misbegotten attempt to take it back to a time of ethnic purity that never really was while establishing a new Gilded Age where only a handful can prosper at the expense of everyone else. We are becoming a mean boy nation. Only we can fix it.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Argentina President Blasts US Bank "Extortion"
Argentina was able to restructure their debt with roughly 92 percent of their bond holders. However, U.S. "vulture funds" that owned the remainder of the debt took the South American nation to court demanding full repayment before the other bond holders are recompensated.
SHARE Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Gaza Cut Off From All Sides As "Collective Punishment" Deepens
Despite widespread calls for increased humanitarian aid and economic activity, the approximately 1.8 million people living in the Gaza Strip have been further isolated from the outside world following Israel's closure Sunday, and Egypt's closure last week, of border crossings into the Palestinian territory.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 3, 2014 Washington Voters Stand Up to NRA ... And May Just Win
On the eve of the 2014 midterm elections, voters in Washington state appear poised to make history -- despite spending by the nation's powerful gun lobby -- in passing by popular vote an initiative that will strengthen gun control measures across the state.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 12, 2016 Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America
After seeing working-class Italians with two months paid vacation, Finnish schools with no homework and the world's best test scores, Slovenians going to college for free, and women seizing unprecedented power in Tunisia and Iceland -- you may realize that the entire movie is about how other countries have dismantled the prisons in which Americans live.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2016 No Endorsement Yet, But Plenty of Clues from Sen. Elizabeth Warren
With days to go before the critical Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, pundits are abuzz about one potential endorsement in particular -- one they say could actually sway voters: that of progressive luminary Elizabeth Warren. In speech lambasting big money in politics, "Warren came as close as she has -- or perhaps will -- come to officially endorsing Sanders."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Alongside Sanders, New York Governor Announces First-in-Nation Free Tuition Plan
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a plan to offer free tuition at state and city colleges for middle- and low-income New Yorkers. Under the Excelsior Scholarship, described as the first of its kind in the nation, students whose families make $125,000 or less per year would be eligible to attend all public universities in New York for free.
SHARE Saturday, May 12, 2018 The Deal That Puerto Rico Didn't Ask for and Didn't Want
Relief efforts have been reluctant, underfunded, and painfully slow-moving. Puerto Rico remains devastated, but few in Congress or the White House seem to consider its reconstruction a priority. They presumably understand that Puerto Rico is part of the United States and that its residents are American citizens, but nonetheless they treat the island like a foreign country that Washington has no obligation to help.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 2, 2017 Democrats Aim to Slam Brakes on Key Members of Trump's "Rigged Cabinet"
"President-elect Trump is attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they'd be tasked with regulating," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Sunday reported by the Washington Post.
SHARE Thursday, October 6, 2016 Israeli Military Blocks Female Flotilla From Reaching Gaza
The Israeli navy on Wednesday stopped a boat carrying international female activists, preventing them from breaking the blockade of Gaza. Among the 13 people on board the Women's Boat to Gaza, a mission of the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition, were Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire of Ireland, retired U.S. army colonel Ann Wright, New Zealand politician Marama Davidson, and Malaysian doctor Fauziah Hasan.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 9, 2014 An Open Letter from P*ssy Riot
We belong to leftist anti-capitalist ideology -- we charge no fees for viewing our art-work, all our videos are distributed freely on the web, the spectators to our performances are always spontaneous passers by, and we never sell tickets to our "shows."
SHARE Sunday, May 8, 2016 Sanders Vows to Fight DNC for Progressive Agenda that Voters Want
The rift between Democratic elites and Bernie Sanders may come to a head at the convention in July, as the presidential hopeful has promised a "fight" if the party refuses to include "bold" progressive initiatives on the Democratic platform. Such a move, Sanders said, would be tantamount to "silencing" the "9 million voters who, during this nominating process, have indicated that they want to go beyond establishment politics.
SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2015 Citing Soaring Student Debt, Sanders to Pitch Tuition-Free Higher Education
With student debt figures continuing to climb, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to unveil legislation this week to provide tuition-free higher education for students at four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The proposal, which Sanders plans to introduce on Tuesday, would eliminate undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities and expand work-study programs.
SHARE Friday, April 25, 2014 Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put "Stake in Internet's Heart"
Defenders of an open, innovative and fair internet are up in arms after learning the Federal Communications Commission is about to issue new rule proposals that will kill the online principle known as "net neutrality." And speaking with Time magazine, Lauren Weinsten, a veteran tech-policy expert and prominent Net-neutrality advocate, said: "This is a stake in the heart for Internet openness."
SHARE Monday, November 7, 2016 A Peaceful Stand at Standing Rock
The Standing Rock people urge us not just to reject the pipeline, honor their land, and protect our water, but to reclaim our common nonviolence and shared oneness with the earth. They are showing us the way forward, and it's time for more and more of us to follow their lead. Everyone can get involved to help build this movement, support their nonviolence, and reach that good outcome and transformation.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 4, 2014 To Avert Climate Chaos, Meat Consumption Must Drop: Study
There is an "awareness gap" amongst the global public of the link between eating meat and climate change, and that presents a real obstacle to keeping global warming under the 2-degree threshold, a new study finds.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 11, 2015 Icy Cold and Cut Services Create Dangerous Perfect Storm for Homeless
A report released in December by the U.S. Conference of Mayors showed that homelessness rates grew across the country in 2014, a trend driven by lack of affordable housing, widespread unemployment, chronic poverty, and a lack of needed services for those struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. There are now more homeless children in the U.S. than anytime in the nation's history.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 9, 2017 Experts: Top Aide "Plain and Simple" Broke Ethics Law by Promoting Trump Brand
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, it seems, "crossed a very bright line" when she openly encouraged people to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" after President Donald Trump slammed Nordstrom department store for dropping his daughter's fashion line. It appears several other retailers, including T.J. Maxx, are also preparing to drop the Ivanka's fashion line prompting many to wonder what more the White House will do in return.
SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2016 US Transfers 15 Guantanamo Detainees as Rights Groups Push for Full Closure
The Pentagon on Monday announced that 15 men would be transferred from Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates, in the largest single detainee shuffle under President Barack Obama's administration. Amnesty International hoped the move indicated that the Obama administration would step up its efforts to close the controversial site.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 7, 2017 GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy
The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "will do active harm to millions of people, particularly low-income people and seniors;" includes tax breaks for wealthy insurance CEOs; and is generally "a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close followers could have expected."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 18, 2018 Dismantling Democracy, One Word at a Time
The very idea that the government can control what words we use and don't at a university-related event seems to violate everything we as a country hold dear about the independence of educational institutions from government control, not to mention the sanctity of free speech and the importance of public debate.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 10, 2014 Remorseful Jurors Plea to Judge: No Prison Time For OWS Activist
It was a trial riddled with injustice, in which Judge Ronald Zweibel showed repeated favoritism towards the prosecution. Zweibel imposed a gag order on McMillan's lawyers, excluded key physical evidence, and ruled that information about Bovell's past violent behavior, and violence the night of McMillan's arrest, was not relevant to the case.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 20, 2016 Chelsea Manning Supporters Launch Last-Ditch Call for Clemency
With mere weeks left under an Obama presidency, advocates have launched what they describe as a last ditch effort to save national security whistleblower Chelsea Manning before Donald Trump and his team of pro-torture, anti-LGBTQ war hawks ascend to power.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Sen. Warren Aims to Fix "One More Way the System Is Rigged"
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would ban the widespread practice of employers using prospective employees' credit ratings as a basis for hiring, a practice she said is "one more way in which the system is rigged."
SHARE Sunday, April 1, 2018 Trump's Easter Morning Tweets Affirm His "Anti-Immigrant Agenda," Say Rights Groups
Human rights groups on Sunday said that President Donald Trump affirmed his "anti-immigrant agenda" when he tweeted that there would be no legislative deal to help a group of immigrants known as Dreamers, said that a border wall is urgently needed, and implied that Mexico and Democrats are allowing "caravans" of undocumented people to arrive in the United States.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 Clinton Brushes Off Wall Street Ties, But Are Voters Buying It?
Hillary Clinton's deep ties to Wall Street are under the spotlight again following her defense of taking large speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, as well as campaign finance records showing the tens of millions her campaign and super PACs have received from the financial sector.
SHARE Sunday, February 26, 2017 Scott Pruitt Vows Rapid, "Aggressive" Attack on EPA Regulations
Pruitt -- who's been described as "a lackey for the big energy companies" and whose "confirmation shows once again that Republicans will deny climate change and protect the interests of Big Oil at all costs" -- sued the agency he now leads more than a dozen times during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general.
SHARE Sunday, May 27, 2018 Reflections on Gina Haspel's Confirmation
It is appalling that the Senate would approve for CIA Director someone who was directly involved in carrying out torture. Haspel should have been disqualified from the beginning, no matter what she told the Senators during and after her confirmation hearing. Torture is a war crime. The Senate is now on record for approving a war criminal to run an agency with a long record of engaging in unlawful acts.
SHARE Sunday, March 19, 2017 Trump Sends Hate Group to Represent US at UN Women's Rights Conference
Earlier this week, the State Department announced that representatives from infamous anti-LGBTQ hate group the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and from the far-right Heritage Foundation will represent the U.S. at a United Nations conference on women's rights later this month.
SHARE Wednesday, November 2, 2016 "Damn Right": Sanders Calls for Stopping Dakota Access as Obama Waffles
Sanders has made his opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) known for months, he reiterated his opposition during a campaign rally on behalf of Hillary Clinton at Plymouth State University on Tuesday. "Stop the Dakota pipeline!" someone yelled from the crowd during the speech, to which Sanders quickly responded: "Damn right."
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 1, 2015 Sanders' Focus Not Clinton, But Whether 2016 Run Could Mobilize the Masses
Though he was reluctant to be specific in his critique of the former Secretary of State's record and admitted he "may be surprised" by Clinton's ability to tap into the populist angst in the country, when asked by the Post about what he's heard from Clinton regarding economic inequality and related issues, Sanders responded with, "Not much."
SHARE Sunday, December 13, 2015 As Trump Surges, New Polls Underscore Corporate Media's "Bernie Blackout"
New Wall Street Journal/NBC News polling numbers out Sunday showed that Donald Trump continues to lead the wide and varied Republican presidential field and -- despite increasingly inflammatory rhetoric -- reached a new high with 27 percent support. There appears to be a concerted "blackout" of news about Bernie Sanders, despite similar voter support.
SHARE Wednesday, January 13, 2016 The EPA's Hush-Hush Response to the Flint Water Crisis
In Flint, outrage over the crisis and the alleged cover-up has reached a boiling point. Local students have launched a petition calling for the resignation of Governor Rick Snyder, which comes on the heels of a separate call for his arrest.
SHARE Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Sanders: End of Voting Does Not Mean End of Political Revolution
Bernie Sanders held a press conference on Tuesday calling for reform of the Democratic party--starting with the ouster of Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz--and said he would remain in the race until the end. Sanders said, "The time is now--in fact, the time is long overdue, for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic party."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Edward Snowden Awarded "Alternative Nobel" for Revealing Vast Surveillance
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which stated that it will fund legal support for Snowden, said his honorary award recognizes "his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights."
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 12, 2017 US Attorney in New York Fired After Refusing Trump's Abrupt Request to Resign
The surprise development comes as right-wingers agitate for President Donald Trump to "purge" the government of Obama-era appointees. "By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice," Chuch Schumer said.
SHARE Monday, June 18, 2018 Would God Really Snatch a Suckling Baby From Its Mother's Breast?
This is evil -- a just-following-orders, look-the-other-way, not-my-fault species of moral putrefaction brought to you by the most ostentatiously Christian political party in one of the most noisily Christian nations on Earth. The hypocrisy of it reeks to, well...high heaven.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2015 "Journalists" Agree to Keep Mum on Conservative Donors at Koch Brothers Event
In a rare move, journalists from a handful of major media outlets were granted access this weekend to a private and well-heeled gathering of Republican benefactors, sponsored by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, on one condition: that they do not name any of the 450 donors attending, unless given explicit permission.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 20, 2016 In Landmark Ruling, UK Court Affirms "Journalism Isn't Terrorism"
Miranda, who is the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was interrogated for nine hours at Heathrow in August 2013 while transporting documents to Greenwald from journalist Laura Poitras, both of whom were reporting on the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance program.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 27, 2019 A Trump Impeachment Has Risks, But They Are Worth Taking
There are risks for impeachment. Political risks. It is obvious that no House-led impeachment proceeding, however well-orchestrated and compelling, can possibly result in a Senate conviction of Trump; the consistent conduct of Senate Republicans for over two years makes this clear. There is a risk that an impeachment could be framed as both "overreach" and "failure," and thus could strengthen Trump's hand in 2020.
SHARE Sunday, January 24, 2016 Not-So-Subtle Establishment Threat? Bloomberg Hints at Presidential Run
With the Iowa caucuses just over a week away -- and with Sanders surging in both state-level and national polls -- there has been a palpable sense of unease in the upper echelons of both the major parties about what should be done to dissuade voters from throwing their support behind "insurgent" candidates.
SHARE Saturday, January 2, 2016 Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015
Bernie Sanders holds the record for highest number of contributions for a White House bid, breaking the record held by President Barack Obama in 2011, and a Quinnipiac University poll this month found that, if the 2016 U.S. presidential election were held today, Sanders would win by a landslide over GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2015 Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History
The Bernie Sanders campaign announced Sunday that the campaign has now received over 2.3 million contributions. That means Sanders now holds the record for highest number of contributions for a White House bid, breaking the record held by President Barack Obama in 2011.
SHARE Monday, February 22, 2016 Sanders: "We Have Enormous Momentum" Going Into South Carolina
With less than a week to go until the next Democratic primary in South Carolina, Sanders told CNN on Sunday that the Nevada loss still proved how much progress his campaign has made in just a few short months. Sanders noted that he received 47 percent of the vote to Clinton's 52 percent after trailing by as many as 50 points in Nevada in prior months.
SHARE Monday, July 21, 2014 "Indiscriminate" Bombing in Gaza Pushes Death Toll Beyond 500
Intense shelling and aerial assaults that claimed hundreds of lives over the weekend continued in the Gaza Strip on Monday, pushing the number of Palestinians killed by Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" beyond 500 people, with many thousands wounded, since it began on July 8.