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‘A Progressive Bailout Includes A Freeze On Rent, Mortgages, And Utilities’

Documents Show Lawmakers Made 1,500 Stock Transactions Worth $158 Million as Covid-19 Spread

A new analysis of financial disclosure documents found that Republican and Democratic members of Congress made nearly 1,500 stock transactions worth up to $158 million between February and April as the coronavirus spread across the U.S., heightening suspicions that elected officials in charge of the...read more.

Animals take back the canals of Venice while locals hope for an end to mass tourism

Usually, millions of tourists visit Venice each year, but in the past few weeks, the city has been utterly transformed. The lockdown imposed across Italy to halt the spread of Covid-19 has emptied the streets. It’s also meant that the water in the canals is clearer than ever, which makes it easier than ever to spot the animals living there. Read more.

Marijuana Panic Won’t Die, but Reefer Madness Will Live Forever

Reefer Madness begins with a foreword about the “real public enemy number one,” marijuana, and things only get worse from there. Over the ensuing 68 minutes, wayward souls under the influence of pot: hit and kill a pedestrian with a car; accidentally shoot a teen girl, killing her; beat a man to death with a stick (as others watch and laugh hysterically); and jump...read more.

How Jewish Immigrants Changed American Psychology

When many people face a crisis, whether related to health, personal finance, or other factors, they often respond by turning to religion for wisdom and comfort. Historically, this has sometimes happened with great intensity. In the late nineteenth century, a Ukrainian-American psychologist named Boris Sidis (1867–1923) wrote extensively about religious revivals, seeing in them potential dangers to society.  Read more.

Canada Resumes Selling Arms To Saudi Warmongers

What's Next For The Democratic Socialist Left?

France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday said healthcare staff working in areas most impacted by the new coronavirus would receive a bonus of...read more.

Spain Moves Towards Permanent Basic Income

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’

Our nation’s prison and jail population had quintupled in 30 years, leaving us with the highest incarceration rate in the world. A third of black men had felony records — due in large part to a racially biased, brutal drug war — and were relegated to a permanent second-class status. Tens of millions of people in the United States had been stripped of basic civil and human rights, including the right to vote, the right to serve on juries and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, education and basic public benefits.  Read more.

How the CIA used modern art as political propaganda

The CIA chose to headquarter the Congress for Cultural Freedom in Paris, because that city had long been the capital of European cultural life, and the CCF’s main goal was to convince European intellectuals, who might otherwise be swayed by Soviet propaganda, which suggested that the U.S. was home only to capitalist philistines, that in fact the opposite was true: with Europe weakened by war, it was now the United States that would protect and nurture the western cultural tradition, in the face of Soviet dogma.  Read more.

US Offers $15 Million Bounty To Kill Venezuelan President Maduro

Turkey Indicts 20 Saudis For Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder