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Whiteness and the ‘Other’

Winslow Myers “…  if you want to be part of the solution, the road ahead is clear: Recognize you’re the enemy they need; show concern, not contempt, for the wounds of those that brought Trump to power; by all means be patient with democracy and struggle relentlessly to free yourself from the shackles of the […]

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The Birth of a Movement

By Robert C. Koehler The sense of resistance was fierce: “Grab ’em by the profits” . . . “Keep your hands out of my wherever” . . . “Not Declawed” . . . But it was also, oh Lord, joyous — in a scraped raw kind of way, you might say. For instance, the young […]

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The moment of the fool

By Robert C. Koehler Obama . . . Trump. Could there be a bigger contrast — in attitude, style, comportment, philosophy? What irony that the two names are now linked in history: Donald Trump forever the successor to Barack Obama, forever the orange-haired blot on his legacy, forever the surrealistic next chapter of the American […]

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President Donald Trump Should Make a Deal with North Korea

By Kevin Martin President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to start. Former President Barack Obama described North […]

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Job-killing Lyin’ King president

By Tom H. Hastings Impeach. Trump’s budget is out, his Trumpcare bill is introduced, and between them they are astonishingly stupid and promise-breaking. Featured are just a small sample of these job-killing aspects: The American Healthcare Act (Trumpcare), if enacted, will eliminate 23,000 jobs just in my state, Oregon. The national implications are horrific, in […]

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Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone

By James A. Haught America’s coal industry is sinking sadly.  Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016.  Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years. The decline is glaringly visible in my West Virginia. Our […]

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Military Support for Diplomacy and Development

By David Cortright Amidst the darkness of Washington politics, a recent bright spot was the letter to Congress signed by more than 120 former senior military officers urging support for diplomacy and development. The letter is an encouraging sign of the growing recognition within the military of the need for greater civilian efforts to achieve international security. […]

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Trumpcare: An International Embarrassment

by Mel Gurtov, Paul Ryan justifies the current Trumpcare bill as promoting freedom—the right not to have to buy health insurance and thus be “free” to be unhealthy.  It’s a revolting position to take, not to mention inhumane and short-sighted, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s infamous advice to the starving French masses: “let them eat cake.”  […]

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While Our Attention is Elsewhere, Climate Change Worsens

by Mel Gurtov, Donald Trump’s presidency has gotten so much attention that the latest threats to climate stability have received only passing notice. To be sure, Trump’s belief that climate change is a Chinese “hoax”, and his appointment of climate change deniers to head major agencies, have been widely publicized. Even so, the news of […]

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Switching Sides: America and Russia in US Public Opinion

by Mel Gurtov, Once upon a time in the US you could fairly predict what Americans believe about Russia. Their beliefs would parallel their views of the USSR during the Cold War, with Democrats being relatively more optimistic and uncritical of Russia than their Republican counterparts.  As one example, take the spring 2015 poll by […]

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