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Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump

. This new feature-length video made available by Salon, explores the connections between Donald Trump and the Russian Mob. The documentary explains how Russia has collected damning intelligence about Trump … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis   How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: US involvement in Yemen Civil War Continues to Grow under Trump

While the American mainstream media is diligently reporting on the scandal of Melania not wearing a headscarf in Riyadh and cheering the triumph of her husband not bowing to the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: What to do with the Confederate War Memorial?

Recently my wife and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas. The town square is like the setting of a Sherwood Anderson novel — quaint shops, courthouse. At the center of the … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: If We Live

For John Reoli   to be of arab descent is a practice of disassociation, you write. I read dislocation, wrenched identity. Hanging limply from sorrow’s shoulder. You write, i guess … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Congressional Progressive Caucus: Budget Proposal for the Federal Government

8.8 MILLION JOBS BY 2017 $4 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION During our economy’s best decades, Congress invested in the American workforce and every family was better off for it. But … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Grandma in Santa Monica

“Do you live alone?” “No! I am living with God” Up there: one, two, three In a room filled with scents of spices And the familiar sound of bubbling soup. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option. When people feel … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Fred Johnston reads “Wall, Plaque, Book”

. Fred Johnston reads his poem, ‘Wall, Plaque, Book,’ from his collection The Oracle Room, published by Cinnamon Press (UK). The poem arose from a visit to the Marais area … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss

24 Key Issues That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Consider Worth Their Bother Donald Trump’s election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Daily Disaster of Donald Trump

With a vote of 217-213, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass Trumpcare and strip health coverage from 24 million Americans. The new program will undermine the health, … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: A Failing Empire

The United States is a failing empire: the domestic economy has fallen to a level equivalent to a developing nation for most of us while the stock markets, especially for weapons-makers, are … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 1 Comment