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John le Carré (1931-2020) on the Iraq War, Corporate Power, the Exploitation of Africa & More

The world-renowned British novelist John le Carré died on December 12 at the age of 89. Le Carré established himself as a master writer of spy novels in a career that spanned more than half a century. He worked in the British Secret Service from the late 1950s until the early '60s, at the height of the Cold War — which was the topic of his early novels. His later works focused on the inequities of globalization, unchecked multinational corporate power and the... read more .

Positively Perfect Dolls Promote Self-Love in Little Black Girls

These are products from Positively Perfect dolls (PPD) launched in 2009 by a college professor with zero toy making experience, Dr Lisa Williams — who set out to create a multicultural doll line to reflect the planet’s true ethnic diversity after feeling horrified upon seeing a television documentary from the 1950s of a little Black girl who stated that she herself and a... read more .

John Lewis: A Civil Rights Legend Who Saw Humanity in His Oppressors

 John Lewis, the great civil rights leader and Georgia congressman, died of pancreatic cancer on July 17, 2020, but he never left the headlines. His name and spirit stayed front and center throughout this year’s presidential campaign. At the Democratic National Convention in August, speaker after speaker paid tribute to Lewis and his legacy. During the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote drive, Lewis’ insistence on the importance of... read more .

House Democrats Announce Effort to Pass $2,000 Payments as Trump Demands Bigger Checks

House Democrats are planning to request unanimous consent this week to approve sending one-time $2,000 direct payments to most Americans after President Donald Trump late Tuesday attacked the recently passed $900 billion coronavirus relief bill as a "disgrace" and suggested he might not sign the legislation if it isn't amended to include bigger checks.  Read more .

New York Approves Automatic Voter Registration

In what civil liberties advocates called a clear victory for democracy, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation requiring state agencies to establish an automatic voter registration system, which is expected to not only making voting easier but also expand the electorate.  Read more.

Proud Boys run wild while police stand by

Members of the Proud Boys gather in support of President Donald Trump and in protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election near Freedom Plaza. Far-right Trump supporters affiliated with the Proud Boys brought mayhem to D.C. and several other cities this week, resulting in stabbings, a shooting, and the vandalizing of... read more .  
President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to three former Republican congressmen as well as two individuals charged as part of former special counsel.  Read more .

Deb Haaland’s Nomination for Interior Sec. Is “Important Step” for Native Americans

President-elect Joe Biden has picked New Mexico Congressmember Deb Haaland to become secretary of the interior. If confirmed, Haaland will be the first Native American to serve in a Cabinet position. Haaland’s nomination was backed by progressives, as well as more than 120 tribal leaders, who sent a letter to Biden last month urging him to... read more.

New study shows trickle-down economics makes inequality worse

The concept of cutting taxes to generate more revenue was a key foundation of Reaganomics, although applied more broadly, and has been championed by members of the Republican party in the decades since. Still, many recent examples of tax cuts have been skewed towards the wealthier Americans, citing this concept of “trickle down economics.” As the country is handed over to new... read more .

U.S. Recognizes Morocco’s Occupation of Western Sahara in Latest Betrayal of Africa

We continue to examine the U.S.-brokered deal between Morocco and Israel to normalize relations. As part of the deal, the U.S. will become the first country in the world to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, which Morocco has occupied since 1975 in defiance of the international community.  Read more .

How Opioid Addiction in the U.S. Fuels a Crisis for Farmers in Mexico

 

Stop listening to Obama

If there must be leaders – and leaders on fairness – they should not be men who once presided over an imperialist state. There is no fairness in drone strikes, deportations and detention, the attempted felling of democratically-elected leaders or being the chief caretaker of colonial land theft and the institutional violence that renders Indigenous and Black populations at the greatest risk of succumbing to poverty and police violence.  Read more .

David Perdue has troubles

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) had a very bad day on Wednesday. First, two of President Trump’s loopier allies, Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, exhorted a MAGA-hat wearing crowd in Georgia to lock up the pro-Trump, Republican governor and... read more . 

New Mercedes-Maybach GLS 2020 review

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS feels like a perfectly credible rival for the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga. It offers a more comfortable ride than the two British heavyweights as well as more high-tech driver assistance and better infotainment. However, some may be unable to look beyond the fact that it is simply a... read more .

Federal Agencies Are Accessing Cell Phone Data Without Warrants

After a series of news reports that have alarmed civil liberties advocates and progressive lawmakers, the ACLU sued on Wednesday to find out how and why federal agencies are buying access to bulk databases of Americans' cell phone location information and effectively bypassing the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement.  Read more .