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[Photo: Robert Mercer] By Jane Mayer From DemocracyNow! March 23, 2017 We look at Robert Mercer, the man who is said to have out-Koched the Koch brothers in the 2016 election. The secretive billionaire hedge-fund tycoon, along with his daughter Rebekah, is credited by many with playing an instrumental role in Donald Trump

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[Photo: Branch Mountain United Methodist Church, Three Churches, WV] By Gary Brumback, PhD merica’s churches, synagogues and mosques can be thought of as places of business as well as worship. Individually and collectively they are Religion, Inc. and not really all that different from Corporations, Inc. This short essay

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[Photo: CENTCOM promo pic] By Andrew J. Bacevich y way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked,  “I am an incurable optimist.” In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self-awareness, he never looked back, only forward. So, too, with the incura

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[Photo: States of Incarceration by Khalil Bendib] By Henry A. Giroux or the last 40 years, the United States has pursued a ruthless form of neoliberalism that has stripped economic activity from ethical considerations and social costs. One consequence has been the emergence of a culture of cruelty in which the financial eli

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[Photo: Lohan (left) and another woman in Emirate Woman.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD hen Terry Holdbrooks Jr., converted to Islam in 2003, he was inundated with death threats and labeled a ‘race traitor.’ If a religious conversion ever deserves to be admired, Holdbrooks’ conversion does, and not because Islam has

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[Graphic by Thomas Knapp] By Craig Brestrup, PhD ver recent decades, we have watched the United States become increasingly disunited. Disunion is alarming in itself since it means that our capacity for effective democratic governance is eroded beyond even the meager level to which it has already been brought by citizen comp

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[Photo: Darfur refugee camp in Chad.] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Leaders in Global Lens Twenty-first century global politics is fraught

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[Graphic: War of the Words by musicmistroandscetch.] By Edward Curtin “Few people at this hour – and I refer to the

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By Gary Brumback, PhD ote that the title begins with an indefinite article for there are many roots of evil, but the one most invasive and destructive is America’s corpocracy. It is the mother root with two branches that are slowly snuffing out America and the world with it. Those two branches are corporate America and [

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[Photo: Ali Velshi] By Rowan Wolf On March 9, 2017, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi did a bang up job challenging the lies an memes about collapsing Obamacare, the wonders of the Republican plan, and the “problems” of single payer systems. He did what the Democrats SHOULD have been doing for the last 9 years – at

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By Todd Gitlin ichard Nixon lied about wars and cover-ups, but otherwise his evasions and spins were in the mainstream of American political discourse. He was not in the regular practice of calling black white. By the end of his second term, Ronald Reagan was so mentally impaired as to make it unclear what he knew […

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[Photo: “Torture – America’s Shame” by Mike Piperni.] By Chris Floyd In 2002, the CIA captured a man in Afghanistan who had been working at a “terrorist training camp” that had originally been founded by — the CIA. They accused him of being a member of al Qaeda. He wasn’t, but he had lots of

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[Photo: Map of the North Atlantic temperature maps at SEOS, map by NOC-OCCAM / A. Coward.] By Alex Kerby or thousands of years, parts of north-west Europe have enjoyed a climate around 5°C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. But new scientific analysis suggests that that could change much sooner and much [

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By Chuck Orloski For Robert A. Davies December, 1954, “Shit” was a four-letter word uttered by Joseph every time father Charlie said, “It’s time we visit Dziadek’s house.”1 Family’s ’52 Pontiac too good for the neighborhood, each slow step taken on unconsecrated ground leading to Dziadek’s palacy on Brynn

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[Cartoon: St. Patrick’s Day ICE raid by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com (licensed).] he New York Times has a story about the consternation of a small town in rock-ribbed Trump country after one of its leading citizens, Mexican native Carlos Pacheo, was hauled off by armed immigration officers. The good townsfolk

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[Photo: Benito Mussolini] By Timothy Snyder and Steven Rosenfeld ow close is President Donald Trump to following the path blazed by last century’s tyrants? Could American democracy be replaced with totalitarian rule? There’s enough resemblance that Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies fascist and communist regime

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Ramzy Baroud, PhD “We must look back twenty-five years to realize how far Israel has fallen in world support,” wrote famed Jewish scholar, Harvard sociologist, Nathan Glazer in 1976. In the last forty years since Glazer wrote his piece, which was uncovered and transmitted by Philip Weiss, Israel’s global

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[Graphic: Obama, Knight-Errant by DonkeyHotey] By Murray Polner Suddenly and surprisingly, we have a Bush-like Obama Doctrine. To the applause of liberal hawks and formerly critical neocons, the president declared in his Nobel Peace Prize speech that the U.S. will continue to wage war—though naturally, only “just” war

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[Photo: Bear Valley strip mine southwest of Shamokin, Pa.] By Chuck Orloski I am Jack, Jack BeNimble to avoid a fall into deep snow drift.   Or am I actually Jack, Jack BeQuick to get out of the March storm alive?   Stella blows upon my red cheeks.   No one in town now worries that I am […]

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[Photo: Statue of Harriet Tubman in Harlem (Denis Bin)] By Rebecca Solnit ast month, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden had a public conversation about democracy, transparency, whistleblowing and more. In the course of it, Snowden – who was of course Skyping in from Moscow – said that without Ellsberg’s example he wou

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By Henry A. Giroux The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists. ― Hannah Arendt People living in the United States have entered into one of the most dangerous periods of the 21st

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[Photo: Oil Change International] By Renae Ditmer f rain on your wedding day is good luck, then snow on the day of the Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C. on March 10, served as a sign of hope in the fight for indigenous rights across the United States and around the world—especially when the […]

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[Photo: Lockheed-Martin advert.] By Caleb Maupin As the first military hardware associated with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, commonly called THAAD, arrives in the southern region of the Korean Peninsula, the tensions around and within the  region seem to be escalating. A number of ongoing crises in South Korea

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[Photo: By Zaku Two at English Wikipedia (Created by Zaku Two as own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons] By Gary Brumback, PhD As a long-in-the-tooth, organizational psychologist, I have noticed that my field generally knows little about the organization of government or the art of governing, concentrating as it

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[Photo: Sean Spicer courtesy Arabian Newspaper] By Todd Gitlin Source: Bill Moyers & Company.   FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 So blared the tw

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[Photo: Enbridge Line 3 oil spill on March 3, 1991. Video screen capture.] By Winona LaDuke ost Minnesotans don’t realize that we boast the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. On this day, March 3, in 1991, the Line 3 pipeline ruptured near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, spilling over 1.7 million gallons of oil, much of

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[Cartoon:Trump’s healthcare plan. Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News. Reprinted under license.] By Rowan Wolf It is a bit like buying a storage cabinet in a box. There are all the pieces “A” through “qq”, all the various screws and self-locking bolts, 3 special drivers, and detailed  instructions f

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By Zillah Eisenstein he International Women’s Strike/US on March 8, 2017 hopes to be a catalyst for the liberation of all women, cis and trans—of every color, sex, gender, class, nation, and identity—from every kind of exploitation. “We” have an opportunity in this moment that we should not ignore. There is a lon

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[Photo: Arctic ice melt from an InTech open access book by Bharat Raj Singh and Onkar Singh] By Moti Nissani This posting reproduces a recent article by Prof. Guy McPherson, an article that deserves far more attention than it is likely to receive in either the mainstream, scholarly, or so-called alternative media.  That a

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[Photo: Radioactive sign hanging outside a café in Pripyat due to Chernobyl. (VOA Archives)] By Maia Sikina “For us fisherfolk, who make a living on the ocean, this is a matter of life and death. The power plant is a plankton-killing machine and, if built, it will alter the entire ecosystem.” (Shiba Takeji, Hokkaido, J

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