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Showing posts from February, 2019

Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored

Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics?

Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott, if Event Held in Israel

'Wave of plastic' washes up on Algerian beach

In early February, tonnes of rubbish washed up on the beach near Melbou, a coastal town in Algeria's Béjaïa province. On social media, our Observer posted several images of this "wave of plastic” to alert the authorities of this recurrent phenomenon, which is linked to failures with waste management.  Read more .

Are the Deaths of These Black Men in Police Custody Really Accidents?

Pennsylvania Prison Lockdown: Public Health Crisis or Powerplay?

Patricia Marshall Vickers still remembers the week in late August 2018 when she stopped hearing from her son. Incarcerated in Pennsylvania since he was 17 years old, Vickers’s son faithfully called his mother from prison at least every other day — until suddenly, he didn’t. Vickers learned that other family members were also experiencing a communication blackout from... read more .

Bernie and the Black Vote

What Happened to the Struggle for Socialism in Latin America?

At the beginning of the 21st century, Latin America saw an upsurge of grassroots struggle that brought several left governments to power — a historical moment known as the “pink tide.” Yet, in the last few years, popular discontent has grown toward these governments, and far-right leaders, like Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, have come to power.  Read more .

Arts Organizing Lifts Oakland Teachers Strike

Surrounded by a hundred teachers and supporters painting banners, screen printing fabric picket flags, and learning strike songs, Oakland teachers union president Keith Brown held a press conference announced that Oakland teachers would hold a strike vote. Every square inch of the union hall offices and parking garage was filled with people making art and singing strike songs.  Read more .

Miami Battles Rising Seas

Climate change is not a distant threat for Miami; it’s a daily presence in people’s lives. The city has been fighting to stay above water for decades. It knows that its future as a vibrant international hub for business, tourism, arts and culture depends on... read more .

Rahm Emanuel Wants You to Forget He’s a Corrupt Failure

As his tenure as Chicago’s mayor comes to a close, Rahm Emanuel is attempting a public relations metamorphosis. Last year, Emanuel announced that he would not seek a third term just days before the trial of former police officer Jason Van Dyke, who murdered 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2015, was set to begin. Full of bravado in his early days as mayor, Emanuel has spent recent... read more .

Kaepernick Won. The NFL Lost.

Technically, Colin Kaepernick withdrew his collusion case. Technically, the NFL did not admit that it conspired to blackball Kaepernick from the league after he began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. But nontechnically speaking, the NFL lost. Massively.  Read more.

Presidents’ Day Can Kiss My Ass

On this Presidents’ Day, let us all take a moment to gaze in awe at the ever-expanding field of 2020 candidates, which now officially includes California Sen. Kamala Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former New Jersey Rep. John Delaney, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and, of course, President Donald Trump.  Read more .

Dictator Trump

A president who claims he has an absolute right to declare a national emergency and spend government funds that Congress has explicitly refused to appropriate for the ends he seeks, is assuming the role of a dictator.  Read more .

Trump Declares an Imperial Presidency – Paul Jay

The Whitest News You Know

A few years ago, right before the current U.S. president announced his candidacy, I went for a job interview with a large digital publication in New York. I never got a call back, and for all the ways I may have presented myself as an insufficiently impressive candidate to my interviewer, one stood out to me in especially high relief... read more .

How Haiti’s Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity

Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Expand Social Security

In an effort to strengthen one of the nation's most popular programs as the GOP pushes for cuts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced the Social Security Expansion Act to ensure that seniors can retire in dignity and "everyone with a disability can live with the security they need."  REad more .

Beside a vast graveyard, a new city rises in Haiti

Approaching Titanyen from afar, the land's unassuming beauty seems to overshadow its morbid past. Rough hills patched with grass are set against a backdrop of jagged mountains. Across from them lie the dark waters of the Caribbean Sea. In between, on a long-deserted stretch of land, a new city is taking shape.  REad more .

Trump Declares an Imperial Presidency

Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador’s Position on Venezuela Marks Return to Foreign Policy Tradition

Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else

In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21bn saved by the nation’s largest banks last year thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives. On the other hand, more than 4,000 lower-level bank employees got a big dose of harsh capitalism. They lost their jobs.  Read more .

How Aggressive Policing Fuels America’s Inequality Machine

Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

Study Shows Richest 0.00025% Owns More Wealth Than Bottom 150 Million Americans

As survey data continues to show that raising taxes on the wealthy is extremely popular among the U.S. public, new research by inequality expert and University of California, Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman found that the richest 0.00025 percent of the American population now owns more wealth than the 150 million adults in the... read more .

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is Here