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Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism


The horrors unfolding under the Trump administration are abetted by liberals who still believe that capitalism and democracy are synonymous.

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With Error Fixed, Evidence Against ‘Sarin Attack’ Remains Convincing


New results show even more strongly that a U.S. report on the incident in Syria was wrong. They also suggest that Donald Trump lacked information that justified a missile strike.

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Ajamu Baraka: A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians


The human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate is leading the Black Alliance for Peace, a project against “war, repression and imperialism.”

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Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Cost of Russiagate (Audio)

Blaming Russia for interference in the U.S. election has prevented the Democratic Party from examining what it did wrong. Consortium News Editor Robert Parry explains how this happened.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Government Monitoring: You Have the Right to Be Watched (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback (pictured) discuss the demise of privacy online, safe drinking water and other topics in this week’s “Scheer Intelligence.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration


In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

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Why I Will March for Science on Saturday


As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

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Rising Political Star Tulsi Gabbard Wins Some Local Love at Hawaii Town Hall (Video)

More than 600 people showed up at Waiakea High School in Hilo to hear the Democratic congresswoman speak about homelessness, decriminalizing marijuana, health care, Syria, North Korea and other topics.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

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North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Blaming Russia Helps Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Maintain Power


Rather than pursuing an independent investigation into the 2016 election, the Democratic establishment has used hyperbole to block Bernie Sanders and progressives from pulling away from Wall Street.

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The Nerve Gas Attack Described in White House Report Did Not Occur, Expert Says of Syria Incident


Some kind of poisoning event may have produced mass casualties on April 4, but the White House Intelligence Report did not accurately describe that event, a weapons specialist from MIT writes.

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Bill O’Reilly Ousted From Fox News


The television host has been hit with allegations of sexual misconduct in the past, but this time he didn’t emerge unscathed.

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10 Myths About Immigration in the United States


Here’s a list of common misconceptions—plus information to separate fact from fear.

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What Happened to Russiagate?


For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

What Led Donald Trump to Select His Cabinet Appointees


In February, Steve Bannon (pictured) declared that key members of Trump’s Cabinet were “selected for a reason.” That reason has become clear.

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‘Seed’ Documentary Explores the David-and-Goliath Battle With Food Corporations


Farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers are fighting to protect the world’s natural food supply from extinction.

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Wall Street Wrongdoing May Go Unpunished With Trump’s Pick to Lead the SEC (Video)

Jay Clayton represented big banks and corporations as a law partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. At the Securities and Exchange Commission, he will be expected to police such companies.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Deceivers in Chief: How Donald Trump and Barack Obama Are Alike


They promised to challenge the corrupt establishment. But after being elected president, both committed political fraud.

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Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump


The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

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On Climate Change, Is Justin Trudeau Just a ‘Stunning Hypocrite’ Who’s Nice to Look At?


The Canadian prime minister’s good looks and smooth rhetoric distract from his terrible environmental approach, journalist Bill McKibben contends.

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Trump Is Hiring Former Lobbyists for Roles in Related Agencies, Sparking Ethics Concerns


In one case, an official working on energy regulation had recently lobbied for oil and coal companies—and the White House won’t say whether he was granted an ethics waiver.

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The World According to Trump Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous—and His Actions Are One Reason


As commander in chief, the president is empowered to manage the military might of the nation. But he is not empowered to initiate warfare on his own.

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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party


The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

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A Critique of ‘False and Misleading’ White House Claims About Syria’s Use of Lethal Gas


The Trump administration’s official narrative—produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of national security adviser H.R. McMaster—was produced without input from the professional intelligence community, a weapons expert from MIT writes.

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The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War


National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

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Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does the Government Have for It Now?


Answer: $20 million. That’s enough to cover the cost of seven miles of wall.

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White House Insider Javier Palomarez Is Not the Hispanic Community’s Martin Luther King Jr.


Once an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO now may be a misguided opportunist in the president’s national diversity coalition.

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Many Reasons to March Against Tax Injustice


There are two Americas: one that pays taxes for the public good and one that works hard to pay as little tax as possible. It’s clear which one President Trump serves.

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The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China


No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

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Why Is the Justice Department Defending the President’s Fleecing of America?


In a lawsuit over the emoluments clause, attorneys for the United States are representing Trump’s personal financial interests, not the broader interests of American citizens.

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Ahmadinejad’s Surprise Comeback: Can We Survive Iran’s Former President and Trump at the Same Time?


If Ahmadinejad is elected next month, the stream of nonsense coming at us from both Tehran and Washington would be too much to bear.

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Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws


President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

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Decision on Texas’ Voter ID Law Is Another Loss for Trump Administration


A federal judge once again ruled that the law is intended to discriminate against blacks and Latinos, although the Department of Justice argued otherwise.

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Washington’s Trend of Demonizing Foes Lands Sean Spicer in Hot Water


The White House spokesman’s belligerent malapropisms soared to new heights Tuesday with his comments about Hitler not gassing his own people.

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As French Election Nears, a Bernie Sanders-Style Candidate Rises in the Polls


The threat of proto-fascist Marine Le Pen continuing the trend started by Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory is tempered by the possibility that a socialist—Jean-Luc Melenchon—could prevail.

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A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

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Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation


Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

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The Truth About Trumponomics (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Building an economic wall around America is not the way to make its workforce more competitive.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Checklist for Trump Voters


Here are some of the many things the president said during his campaign and hasn’t followed through on.

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Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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