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William Astore: Tough Truths Are Desperately Needed About America’s Lost Wars

Americans may already be lying themselves out of what little remains of their democracy.

June 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: There’s No Compromising on Science When it Comes to Protecting the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

Unlike the previous administration, the Biden administration must prioritize science and water quality over the demands of big industry.

May 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tracey L. Rogers: Palestinian Lives Matter | We Must Reject Crimes Against Humanity

Just as Black Lives Matter, so do Palestinian Lives Matter. We cannot campaign for racial healing and justice on stolen land in our own country while simultaneously backing a campaign to occupy and displace people abroad.

May 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patrick Gathara: Colonial Powers Have Long Demanded the ‘Right to Self-Defense’ Against the People They Have Colonized

Colonial occupiers have long claimed a “right” to defend themselves from the resistance of native communities, including by committing mass murder.

May 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Biden’s new moonshot — An offshore wind industry to rival Europe’s

Today, Europe has 5,400 turbines rising from the ocean with a capacity of 25 gigawatts, of energy – enough to power more than 8 million homes.

May 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

John Feffer: Waiting for the Cyber-Apocalypse

The Cold War Has Already Turned Hot — on the Internet.

April 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

John Feffer: How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: Progressives Welcome Biden’s Slate of Judicial Nominees

The president, said one leading advocate, “is demonstrating his commitment to building a diverse bench of qualified, fair-minded judges with a commitment to equal justice under the law.

April 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Alfred McCoy: Washington’s Delusion of Endless World Dominion

China and the U.S. Struggle over Eurasia, the Epicenter of World Power

March 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nomi Prins: Building or Unbuilding America?

Infrastructure Should Be the Great Economic Equalizer

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Joya Misra: Millions of American parents will soon get a monthly allowance — 4 questions answered

Child poverty is extremely high in the U.S., relative to other rich countries, primarily because for decades it has spent less on supporting families with children. Nearly 1 in 5 American children live in poverty.

March 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Abby Zimet: Connecting the Shots

U.S. Quakers have launched an Israeli arms exports database to help Palestinian victims of “battle proven” weapons and other activists track Israel’s deadly contributions to human rights abuses around the world.

February 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

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