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Marc Jampole: Weinstein Enters the Courtroom

slithering through deep mud
in concentric circles of power-tied lawyers

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This is what justice looks like

Breaking down, Haley recalled her rape by Weinstein, the fear and paranoia she now lives with, and her unsteady healing process: “I showed up, not as a perfect victim, but as a human being.”

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellen Brown: The Fed’s Baffling Response to the Coronavirus Explained

The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them.

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: The President as Political Hit Man

Donald Trump attempts to take out his electoral adversaries one by one, Mafia-style.

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vera Eidelman: Will the US Supreme Court Protect the Right to Protest?

An officer sued DeRay Mckesson. The lawsuit, which should have been swiftly dismissed, now threatens the First Amendment rights of millions.

March 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Amazon Empire — The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

March 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Godka Cirka (A Hole in the Sky)

Alifa has reached the age when girls in her village undergo a ritual cutting she fears.

March 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Thank you, Elizabeth

A respectful, sorrowful, grateful farewell to Elizabeth Warren, the smartest, fiercest candidate in the race and one who deserved better from our still deeply sexist culture.

March 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: To My Fellow Socialists, And To Those We Scare

Bernie Sanders may well be nominated to be the next President Of The United States. This has engendered a flurry of hair-on-fire commentaries and editorials. I would like to inject a small note of calm and caution.

March 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tim Radford: Rising Tides Will Displace Millions

An estimated 13 million US citizens could some time in this century become climate refugees, driven from their seaside homes by sea level rise of possibly 1.8 meters, according to new research.

March 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Connie Post: Iron Will

I still see her, standing there
fastening a floral apron
tripping on the cord of her own life

March 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mandy Smithberger: Creating a National Insecurity State

At $1.21 trillion, the actual national security budget is essentially twice the size of the announced Pentagon budget… Yet those calling for higher budgets continue to argue that the only way to keep America safe is to pour in yet more tax dollars at a moment when remarkably little is going into, for instance, domestic infrastructure.

March 3, 2020 · 4 Comments

Daniel Burston: Anti-Semitism on the Left

Many Left wing activists disparage the majority of American Jews, saying that we enjoy all the perks of White privilege, and therefore seek to “uphold”, rather than to oppose or dismantle White Supremacy; the very thing far-Right activists insist that we are secretly intent on destroying.

March 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Tom Lehrer | The Vatican Rag & Send the Marines

What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they’ve seen the light,
They’ve got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
‘Till somebody we like can be elected.

February 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

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