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Prison Labor is the New American Slavery
John Kiriakou: Prison Labor Camps Are Not Progressive In the DARP program, prisoners work full-time jobs in factories and chicken processing plants, companies pay a discounted rate to the rehabs for the labor, and literally none of that money is passed on to the prisoners, either as salary or for counseling. It's slave labor. If they refuse to do the work, they are moved from the drug rehab to a state prison.
Thanksgiving in Camp
Thomas Knapp: Things I've Found to be Thankful for in 2017 It's that time of year, and like most of you I'm planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I'm also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I've found some. Here are a few that aren't about family, spiral cut ham and so forth ... 2 2 Comment Count
Susan Strong: Say: "Stop the GOP war on America: (fill in the blanks). " This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame. 3 3 Comment Count
Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama
John Whitehead: Don't Just Give Thanks. Pay It Forward One Act of Kindness at a Time How do you give thanks for freedoms that are constantly being eroded? How do you express gratitude for one's safety when the perils posed by the American police state grow more treacherous by the day? How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions? It's not going to happen overnight. Or with one day of thanksgiving. 2 2 Comment Count
Neal Herrick: Impeach Trump Now? We Democrats should think twice The discouraging history of presidential impeachments and trials raises a number of questions. Waiting for the Independent Counsel's report might give us the needed "smoking gun."
Overdose Deaths Rise
Phil Rockstroh: The Soul of the Nation is a Casualty of War If reality is met head-on, if empire, external and its inner analog, is renounced and challenged, then a liberation staged by the heart's partisans can begin, thereby freeing up a great amount of acreage -- a fructifying landscape -- wherein both the earth's ecosystem and the architecture of human desire can begin to co-exist and cross-pollinate; thus a crucial re-visioning of oneself and the culture can begin. 5 5 Comment Count
French President Emmanuel Macron
Finian Cunningham: France's Macron Covers for Saudi Aggression Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri was detained by Saudi Arabia and forced to tender his resignation from public office as a matter of ultimatum. Hariri is a Saudi-sponsored Sunni politician who is antagonistic to Hezbollah and by extension, Iran. But apparently, he was not sufficiently hostile, in the view of his Saudi backers. He was summoned to Riyadh and ordered to resign on November 4. 5 5 Comment Count
Robert B. Reich: The New Poll Tax In nine states, Republican legislators have enacted laws that disenfranchise anyone with outstanding legal fees or court fines. For example, in Alabama more than 100,000 people who owe money -- roughly 3 percent of the state's voting-age population -- have been struck from voting rolls. 1 1 Comment Count
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Robert Parry: The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate The Russia-gate hysteria has witnessed a widespread collapse of journalistic standards as major U.S. news outlets ignore rules about how to treat evidence in dispute, writes Robert Parry. 1 1 Comment Count
Roy Moore Threatens To Sue The Media For Reporting On Him
John Nichols: The Surest Way to Keep Roy Moore Out of the Senate Is by Electing His Opponent The Alabama contest meets the ethical standard, and the practical standard. A few wise Republicans recognize this. Asked last week if he would support a Democratic candidate over Moore, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake replied: "If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat -- the Democrat, no doubt."
President Clinton at Brookings  Institute
Philip Weiss: The Clinton scandals entailed violent threats against people who knew about his sex life Today the Clinton scandals are getting a rehearing because of the revolution that is taking place in our mores, and in the structure of the patriarchy itself, due to the sexual harassment scandals that are felling powerful men. Many of these scandals mirror elements of the Clinton story. 2 2 Comment Count
Scott Pelley
Fair News: Ignoring Washington's Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior Correspondent Scott Pelley's segment, "When Food Is Used as a Weapon," employed excellent on-the-ground reporting to highlight the famine and bombing victims of Saudi Arabia's brutal two-and-a-half year siege of Yemen. But its editors betrayed this reporting -- and their viewers -- by stripping the conflict of any geopolitical context, and letting one of its largest backers, the United States, entirely off the hook. 1 1 Comment Count
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Sheldon Richman: Assertions, Facts and CNN Dissenting views should not be lightly dismissed merely by declaring that a government agency or a "consensus" has decided the case. The news media ill-serve the public when they take government or so-called experts assertions on faith without having those assertions tested in public.
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Egberto Willies: This analysis of GOP tax cut scam should terrify every American We still have time to stop the latest insanity in Washington. This crop of Republicans has taken the madness to the next level. This one could destroy the future of an entire generation. It is time for us to stop fighting among each other and keep our eyes on those that are pilfering us with a smile. But you can stop it.
Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump at APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, 10 November 2017
Daily Kos: Russia Has Owned Trump For Quite Some Time And Mueller Knows It; Tick, Tock Impeachment Clock Guardian journalist Luke Harding has written a book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. The book contains conversations with former spy Christopher Steele, who admonished Harding to follow the yellow brick road, which in Trump's case is gold and extends all the way from Moscow to Trump Tower. Good advice and Robert Mueller is following it. 6 6 Comment Count
Tom Engelhardt: Tomgram: Michael Klare, Normalizing Nukes Maybe you thought America's nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong. 1 1 Comment Count
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Abdus-Sattar Ghazali: The Syrian War orphans one million children As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year, Aljazeera reported Sunday (Nov 19). The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.
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Marcello Rollando: Defining Us: Good Samaritans, Hypocritical Evangelicals or Fanatic Zealots How do we now define ourselves to the world, to our leaders and to each other 11 11 Comment Count
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Thomas Knapp: How to Stop a Rogue President from Ordering a Nuclear First Strike Possession of the "nuclear football" is nine tenths of the law. To keep Donald Trump, or any other president, from using nuclear weapons wickedly (as if there were some other way to use them), Congress needs to get rid of the nukes, not just tinker with the legal authority to use them. 6 6 Comment Count
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Muhammad Bilal: Japan: Utopia or Dystopia? Japan, a country that apparently to the world seems to be such an advanced and modern nation. However, it does have a dark side. An ongoing economic crisis, demographic crisis and a social crisis. So, despite being such an advanced nation, is Japan on the path to Utopia or Dystopia?
Trump's generals doing a lot of damage control
Finian Cunningham: Is a military coup against Trump in the cards? What Trump's opponents within the political and military-security establishment are really aiming at is to find some pretext for undermining his office, and ultimately to challenge his presidential authority on the grounds that he is unfit. The public call this week for the US military to disobey Trump's orders is a shot across his bow that a coup is not unthinkable. 11 11 Comment Count
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Hamma Mirwaisi: Who is in Control of Jalal Talabani's Stolen Money? The end of Mafia families is no different from 'The Godfather' (film series). The killing one another in the Mafia families of Barzani and Talabani could come after they lost 51% of KRG land and no income from oil money.
Arshad M Khan: Trump's Sneak Change in China Policy but Climate Madness Continues A look at China policy, the COP23 in Bonn and its significance, and dealing with climate-change deniers.
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Chris Hedges: Behind the Mask of the "Moderates" It does not matter, as illustrated by the Republican tax plan now before the U.S. Senate, what is just or what the public supports. There are no institutions left in the United States that can authentically be called democratic. The end result of this elaborate charade is embodied in the rise of the grotesque spectacle of the Trump administration. 7 7 Comment Count
Rena Grasso: From the Streets to the Citadels of Power: The Feminist Approach to Sexual Harassment Places the current sexual harassment revelations within the context of feminist history and its analysis of Patriarchy 7 7 Comment Count
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe
Chris Marsden: Campaign to force out Mugabe escalates in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's war veterans' association is staging a march today through the capital, Harare, demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Tens of thousands are expected to take part after all 10 of the country's provincial Zimbabwe African National Union -- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) branches passed motions of no confidence in Mugabe.
Why Donald Trump is Dangerous
Dean Baker: Trump Picks Crony to Audit His Taxes: The End of the Rule of Law in the United States Throughout the campaign, Trump refused to release his tax returns claiming that he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He indicated that he would disclose his returns once the audit was completed. This claim made no sense since there is nothing about an audit which would preclude public disclosure. 2 2 Comment Count
Horrors of War
Uri Avnery: A History of Idiocy In the land that used to be called Palestine there live two peoples of different origin, culture, history, religion, language, standard of living and much more. They are now of more or less equal size. Between these two peoples, a conflict has now been going on for more than a century. 2 2 Comment Count
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Jean-Luc Basle: Mohammed bin Salman: a useful idiot Saudi Arabia has no business taking on Iran. Crushing Iran is part of the United States' hegemonic plan, and Israel's goal to dominate the region. Mohammed bin Salman is way over his head, a peon in a power game. He will come out as a hero if the United States and Israel succeed in achieving their goals or a fool if they fail. 8 8 Comment Count
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Egberto Willies: A message to Bernie supporters, a 2018 win is in your hands For the most part, I've stopped following the machinations of the DNC. It is true that they purged Bernie supporters from senior leadership positions. If one remembers that a party is but a conduit to deliver a payload, that should not matter as long as we have a large percentage of the grassroots. 10 10 Comment Count

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