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Apple: The Biggest Tax Cheaters in History Repatriate Profits Under Trump's Tax Bill

Fear of a Black Planet: Under the Republican Push for Welfare Cuts, Racism Boils

"Never tell anyone," my mother hissed, "that we're on welfare!" I sputtered, "Okay." She let go, angrily. People shuffled to the window where a tired man scanned their papers. That was 1982. Passing a poster of President Reagan, she shot him the middle finger. Later I realized, he rose to power by branding women like her "welfare queens."  Read more.

Cape Town Water Wars: A Literal Shitstorm

The US is Arming and Assisting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Last November, an American military inspection team visited the Azov Battalion on the front lines of the Ukrainian civil war to discuss logistics and deepening cooperation. Images of the encounter showed American army officers poring over maps with their Ukrainian counterparts, palling around and ignoring the Nazi-inspired Wolfangel patches emblazoned on their sleeves.  Read more.

Massive Oil Spill in East China Sea Is the Size of Paris

Massive Oil Spill in East China Sea Is the Size of Paris

#TheAssistance: Democrats Hand Trump Warrantless Spying

Congress Has Entrenched the Surveillance State

Sex-For-Repairs Victim: 'I Felt Like I Had to Do This to Keep My Home'

Norway to Trump: Keep Your Gold-Plated Sh*t Hole

So the Donald wishes more Norwegians would emigrate to America, instead of people from supposed “sh*thole” countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America.
I happen to have spent two weeks visiting beautiful, democratic socialist Norway last summer. And I’ve got news for the Donald. Norwegians are not exactly lining up to...read more.

A different kind of MLK Day

On the night before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, he invoked a lesson from biblical Egypt in a speech that is often called “Promised Land.” Pharaoh’s favorite formula for perpetuating slavery, he reminded us, was to keep the slaves fighting among themselves, for joined together they were too strong to subdue.  Read more.

New York officials denounce Trump as racist and maniac at Martin Luther King Day event in Harlem

As elected official after elected official spoke in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Harlem Monday, there was a common target of derision: President Trump.
City and state officials ripped Trump as they honored King at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s headquarters — blasting the President for labeling Haiti and African nations “s---holes,” and calling him...read more.

Florida prisoners plan Martin Luther King Day strike over 'slavery'

Inmates of Florida’s prisons are planning to use Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday to launch a statewide strike over conditions they say amount to modern-day slavery.
The unusual protest has been called by inmates angry at being used as unpaid clean-up crews for storm debris in sweltering temperatures last September, after Hurricane Irma struck the state.
But organisers cite a number of other longstanding grievances for the planned month-long action, in which prisoners will refuse to take part in work assignments and forego purchasing...read more.

If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him

While King did care about black and/or poor people in the United States and around the world, he was no American exceptionalist. “Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world,” King once said.
He also criticized how Americans “have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice” when “the fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, here and abroad”.  Read more.

Florida Inmates Launch Month-Long Campaign Protesting Prison Slavery, Inhumane Conditions

Inmates in Florida's prisons launched a month-long strike on Monday in protest of the state's use of "modern day slavery" within its correctional facilities.
In a statement released by the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, one of several advocacy groups supporting the movement, the state's prisoners urged the prison population to refuse all work assignments during the strike:  Read more.

Hospital Dumping Woman Into Freezing Cold Stirs Demand for "Medicare for All"

Described as a horrifying depiction of "the reality of U.S. for-profit healthcare," a Baltimore-based psychotherapist this week caught on video University of Maryland Medical Center staff "dumping" a clearly incapacitated young woman into the freezing Maryland weather wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks.  Read more.

From Haiti to Africa, US Owes More Than a Trump Apology

Paramilitary Forces Threaten to Derail Colombia's Peace Agreement

I Live in a ‘Shithole Country.’ It’s Called the United States

It takes a level of pomposity inconceivable to most of us to describe another country as a “shithole.”
It’s unfortunately just one more of the obnoxious, racist, and altogether absurd statements we’ve come to expect from President Donald Trump. If the president were to venture beyond the manicured lawns of Mar-a-Lago or the White House, he might see that the U.S. is not exactly in a position to judge...read more.

For black Americans, Trump's 'shithole' comment was an insult to their histories

The president’s question was this: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Technically — in its own crass way — it was a policy question. Specifically, President Trump was asking why the U.S. should accept immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations instead of immigrants from wealthy Norway, according to reports of the president's remarks to congressional lawmakers at a Thursday meeting.  Read more.

World Leaders Denounce Trump's "Reprehensible and Racist" Insult to Haiti and African Countries

Leaders from around the world expressed disgust and outrage as news spread on Friday that President Donald Trump reportedly referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries as "shitholes."
Botswana's government released a statement questioning the president's apparent pivot away from—or lack of awareness of the...read more.

"Victory for Democracy" as Court Rules Against North Carolina Gerrymandering

In a ruling hailed as a major and historic "victory for democracy," a federal court on Tuesday deemed North Carolina's 2016 congressional map unconstitutional on the grounds that it was drawn to discriminate against Democratic voters -- marking the first time a federal court has struck down a redistricting plan for partisan gerrymandering.  Read more.

Judges Rule N. Carolina Representatives Cannot Choose their Voters

'Tide Is Turning': Cheers Erupt for NYC's Suit Against Fossil Fuel Giants and Divestment

Climate advocates hailed what they say is a "watershed" moment on Wednesday following two announcements by New York City: that the city would seek to divest its pension funds from fossil fuels within five years, and that it filed suit against five fossil fuel giants for their role in driving the climate crisis.  Read more.

Oprah 2020? A Progressive's Take

Money for Police and Prisons but Not for Heat in Classrooms

Outrage at Baltimore School Board Meeting Over Freezing Classrooms

Billionaire Tom Steyer and the Wealthy Trump Resistance Grifters

Hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer has launched himself into the Trump Resistance, pouring millions of dollars into advertisements and a website urging the impeachment of Donald Trump. He’s spent over $20 million so far on a nationwide ad campaign, starring himself, as the DNC and several grassroots organizations struggle to compete in fundraising against the billionaires backing Trump and the Republican Party.  Read more.

Can Prisons Be Flipped for Good?

Imagine a rural oasis of sustainable agriculture and community. There are aquaponic ponds filled with fish, fields lined with vegetable rows, pastures for farm animals, and hives buzzing with bees. There are dormitories for staff, a community kitchen for culinary classes, and even a climbing wall for energetic kids. Now picture all of this at the site of a former jail in Wagram, North Carolina -- the fish swimming in tanks in old jail cells, the cows contained by old prison fence lines, and the climbing wall converted from a guard tower. That's the vision put forth by...read more.

Oprah Lifts Up Women, Brings Down the House at Golden Globes

At the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, where activists and actresses joined arms to say "time's up" for sexual abuse, Oprah Winfrey delivered a moving speech in which she reflected on the achievements of other black individuals in the entertainment industry and called for a more equitable world free from sexual harassment and assault.  Read more.

Baltimore's $12M Youth Fund Gives Community the Reins

Internet Unites to Protect Net Neutrality as Netflix Tells FCC: "See You in Court"

The lobbying group that represents some of the nation's largest companies in Silicon Valley—including Google, Amazon, and Netflix—announced Friday that it would act as "intervernor" in a lawsuit against the FCC's recent decision to dismantle rules that enshrine net neutrality protections that have governed the web since its creation.  Read more.

Warren Buffett Wins $1 Million Bet That Hedge Funds Are a Rip-Off

Max Blumenthal on 'Fire and Fury', Clinton Probe, and Russiagate

Other Countries Have High-Speed Trains. We Have Deadly Accidents and Crumbling Infrastructure

Japan's high-speed bullet train system carries 1 million riders every day and has a remarkable safety record, at least compared to passenger trains in the United States. Passengers have taken billions of rides on Japanese bullet trains since the system was established 50 years ago, but not one passenger has died due to a derailment or collision.  Read more.

How White Nationalists Hide in Academia

Even in the world of academia, a punchy headline can be everything.
As subaltern analysis heads from the margins to the center of critical discourse, the kind of post-colonialism that was previously centered on a college campus has been popularized across the left. Within a popular culture shifting to decolonization ideas, someone at the Third World Quarterly likely knew a title like "The Case for Colonialism" was going to gain some traction. The paper, penned by controversial Portland State University faculty member...read more.

Brazil Announces End to Amazon Mega-Dam Building Policy

In a surprise move, the Brazilian government has announced that the era of building big hydroelectric dams in the Amazon basin, long criticized by environmentalists and indigenous groups, is ending. "We are not prejudiced against big [hydroelectric] projects, but we have to respect the views of society, which views them with restrictions," Paulo Pedrosa, the Executive Secretary of the...read more.

Seventy-Six Countries Are Now Involved in Washington's War on Terror

He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, "shrouded in secrecy," flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was to depart the country.
More than 16 years after an American invasion "liberated" Afghanistan, he was there to offer...read more.

Libraries Under Capitalism

Our public libraries, our literary commons, are gradually being enclosed -- sealed off to the public by a series of acts of our government -- local, state and federal -- as it bows to the dictates and priorities of corporations. The public library is one of the few settings where people can enter for free, access materials for free and stay without being expected to buy anything. The value of public libraries not only exists in the materials they lend and the non-commercial model they embody, but in the commons that they represent: A public area that offers Americans liberated intellectual spaces, the potential for community dialogues and organizing.  Read more.

Petrobras to pay nearly $3bn to settle US lawsuit

Brazil's state-run oil company has said it will pay $2.95bn to settle a class action brought by investors in the United States.
Petroleo Brasilerio SA, commonly known as Petrobras, said in a statement on Wednesday that the settlement would bring to an end a legal battle with investors claiming to have suffered losses as a result of a region-wide corruption scandal involving the oil giant.  Read more.

Trump-Russia Probe 'All About Money Laundering,' Says Steve Bannon In Explosive New Book

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has never been shy about his contempt for Jared Kushner and other members of President Donald Trump's cabinet. But in interviews conducted for a new book set to be released next week, Bannon opened up in a way that reportedly shocked the White House, attacking Trump's eldest son as "treasonous" and declaring that the Russia probe is "all about money laundering."  Read more.

How to Build a Single-Payer Health System

There are obvious reasons why some people in the United States oppose the prospect of single-payer health care. Taking the profit out of health care -- a moral imperative and the norm internationally -- poses a major threat to the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies and others. These interests spend millions donating to and lobbying powerful politicians in both parties. The goal is to do what corporations are designed to do...read more.

Facebook's Uneven Enforcement of Hate Speech Rules Allows Vile Posts to Stay Up

Facebook's community standards prohibit violent threats against people based on their religious practices. So when ProPublica reader Holly West saw this graphic Facebook post declaring that "the only good Muslim is a fucking dead one," she flagged it as hate speech using the social network's reporting system.  Read more.

South Korea Welcomes North Korean Proposal for Talks Ahead of Olympic Games

The South Korean government welcomed on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's proposal to open a dialogue between the two nations in an effort to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and discuss the possibility of sending North Korean athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be held in PyeongChang in February.  Read more.

Where's the 'Collusion'?