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Michael T. Klare: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate.

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Route Six

A bad time is coming we agree
I peer ahead at the changing shades of gray
On the road ahead
A light rain falls

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)

It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were just two of dozens who’ve died in the Rio Grande this year. In this spirit, here’s Willie Nelson’s new song celebrating immigrants.

July 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: We’re not the good guys

Addicted to war? Not us.

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

James J. Zogby: Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid To Criticize Israel’s Violations Of Palestinian Rights

Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies are viewed negatively by most Democrats. This shift in opinion has placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: Democracy Desperately Needs a Reboot

Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time. If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dudley Poston, Rogelio Sáenz: The US white majority will soon disappear forever

The white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Sticks & Stones

GOP Says Dems Can’t Call Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue A Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue.

June 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hayden Saunier: After Watching the Attorney General Testify, May 1, 2019

I’m back outside, hands deep in dirt and dirt’s
the only thing that’s telling truth today.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: A Celebration of the American Citizen

At 448 dense pages of legalese, the Mueller Report has swiftly, improbably become a sort of touchstone of the sordid times.

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Trump’s Priorities for Action

Various power brokers may laugh at Trump’s vanities and object to his vulgarity and his selfishness and greed, but they also abet him because he serves to divide people while protecting elite privileges against reformers.

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ed Ochester: Trump Diary

two daily kos comments:
“Trump is closer to 300
than 200 lbs and also
eats a diet of shit”;
“Ronald McDonald may get
the Medal of Freedom yet.”

May 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran

“We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control.”

May 27, 2019 · 6 Comments

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