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Jury Refuses to Convict Climate Activists Who Presented Necessity Defense

Environmentalists celebrated a landmark victory in the "fight for a habitable future" after a Portland, Oregon jury on Thursday refused to convict five Extinction Rebellion activists—including valve turner Ken Ward—who presented the climate necessity defense at their trial for blockading a train track used by...read more.

Joining Warren and Sanders, Centrist Democrats Klobuchar and Buttigieg Agree to #SkipAIPAC

Succumbing to grassroots pressure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg both announced Wednesday that they would not attend the Israel lobby's meeting this year, making them the latest two Democratic presidential candidates to decline an invitation to address the conference.  Read more.

The Rwanda Genocide’s Origins Are in Resource Extraction and US Militarism

International Banks and Law Firms Are at the Heart of South Africa’s Corruption

Native Voters in Nevada Head to Caucuses After Winning Voting Rights Fight

Nearly a decade before former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada would become the powerful Democratic majority leader under President Obama, he won a tight reelection race against a Las Vegas Republican by a razor-thin margin of a few hundred votes. Elveda Martinez of the Walker River Paiute Tribe in western Nevada said Native voters were...read more.

Unreported Opposition Violence Continues in Venezuela

Ilhan Omar’s ‘Pathway to Peace’ Would Revolutionize US Foreign Policy

Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller

In June 2018, billionaire business executive and former Republican Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King. At his lavish home in New York City, Bloomberg urged co-hosts to raise at least $10,000 for King, with whom he has “a long-standing relationship,” according to his adviser Howard Wolfson.  Read more.

How 1920s Catholic Students Fought the Ku Klux Klan

Coinciding with the film The Birth of a Nation, the second incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Georgia in 1915. The original KKK had been a phenomenon of the defeated Confederacy, the terrorist arm of southern elites using white supremacy to solidify their return to power after Reconstruction. The Roaring Twenties version of the Klan was different. It was a nationwide nativist movement, most powerful in the Midwest and West, where Klan membership was common among...read more.

The Establishment Now Has Three Horses in the Race — and None Won New Hampshire

On Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders took another step toward securing the Democratic nomination for president, the establishment wing of the party went three ways at once, and the state of New Hampshire put on an exhibition of electoral competence that made the doomstruck Iowa Caucus look like the sorry contest it was.  Read more.

Sanders Wins New Hampshire

US Sanctions Venezuela Again to Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work

Warren Makes Final Pitch in New Hampshire

With Establishment Knives Out for Bernie, Iowa Fiasco Just a Taste of What's Coming

As a center of elite power, the Democratic National Committee is now floundering. Every reform it has implemented since 2016 was the result of progressive grassroots pressure. But there are limits to what DNC Chair Tom Perez is willing to accept without a knock-down, drag-out fight. And in recent weeks, he has begun to do heavy lifting for corporate Democrats—throwing roadblocks in the way of...read more.

In Rural Areas, a “Quiet Jail-Building Boom” Is Taking Place

I live in Champaign County, the heart of the Illinois cornfields. Our somewhat liberal-minded county of 200,000 is home to the flagship campus of the University of Illinois, the “Fighting Illini.” But our county has another distinction: While Black people only comprise 13 percent of our population, they consistently make...read more.

DNC Showing Its True Colors (Again)

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) showed it has learned nothing from the 2016 election disaster. The same DNC that recently complained it could not change the rules to allow the candidates to debate the gravest challenge facing humanity—the global climate emergency—has now rigged the rules to make it...read more.

A Look at the Real Size of Wealth Gap—Using American Pie

Corporate Democrats Target Sanders as his Popularity Rises

How Israel Exploits the Holocaust to Justify War Crimes Against Palestinians

Ten Years After Howard Zinn’s Death — Lessons from the People’s Historian

January 27th marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the great historian and activist Howard Zinn. Zinn did not merely record history, he made it: as a professor at Spelman College in the 1950s and early 1960s, where he was ultimately fired for his outspoken support of students in the Civil Rights Movement, and specifically the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); as a critic of the U.S. war in Vietnam, and author of the first book calling for an immediate U.S. withdrawal; and as author of arguably the most...read more.

Body Cam Shows Cop Planting Gun on Innocent Man

200,000 Canadian Teachers Strike to Defend Public Education

Brazil’s attack on Greenwald mirrors the US case against Assange

Over the years, Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald has made more than a few enemies. What some of his fans and supporters see as a crusade for truth and justice can strike others—including those who become the targets of his journalistic crusades—as needlessly hostile and potentially biased. But there is one enemy that has...read more.

Iran in the Trump Era

President Trump’s January 3, 2020, decision to order a drone assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq has backfired in spectacular fashion. Less than two months ago, the streets of nearly every major city in Iran were choked with more than 200,000 anti-regime protestors. They chanted slogans against recent increases in...read more.
It was the big one that many climate campaigners had been waiting for.

For years, one of the targets for campaigners leading the fossil fuel divestment campaign has been the asset management company BlackRock.  Read more.

The Mexica Didn’t Believe the Conquistadors Were Gods

The legend can be dated to 1552: Francisco López de Gómara was the first person to say that the Spaniards conquered Mexico because the conquistadors had been seen as gods by the indigenous people. López de Gómara had never been to Mexico, but he was chaplain and secretary to the retired Hernando Cortés, who had led the conquistadors.  Read more.

$600M Property Tax Overcharge Is Eroding Detroit’s Black Homeownership

US Senate opens Trump impeachment trial as nonpartisan office issues critical report on Ukraine aid

As the US Senate formally opened the impeachment trial on whether to remove Donald Trump from office, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog on Thursday dealt the Republican president a blow by concluding that the White House violated the law by withholding security aid approved for Ukraine by US lawmakers.  Read more.