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Julian Assange’s lawyers fear his extradition to the U.S. where they believe a sealed indictment in the state of Virginia is waiting for him. In a rare move by an American politician, a state senator in Virginia has come out in support of Assange. By State Senator Richard Black As a military officer, I was […]

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Russia 'Concerned' About Armenian Arrest Of Former Pro-Moscow Leaders

on July 31, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is “concerned” that Armenia’s new leadership is making what he called “political” moves against pro-Moscow former political leaders who have been targeted in an anticorruption campaign. Lavrov’s remarks on July 31 came after former Armenian President Robert Kocharian was charged with violently putting down protests against his pro-Moscow […]

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Lysenkoism Today and the Return of Ideological Warfare

on July 31, 2018

This month, Current Biology published an article about the revival of Lysenkoism, a pseudo-scientific concept developed by Trofim Denisovich Lysenko (1898– 1976), the Ukrainian-born Soviet agronomist. His theory was that environmental changes to crop plants like wheat, rye, potatoes, and beets, are heritable through the organism’s cells, dismissing entirely the role of genetics. Developed in […]

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Judge Orders Government to Release Immigrant Kids From Troubled Shelter

on July 31, 2018

A judge has ordered the federal government to stop drugging immigrant children without proper consent and to remove them from a problem-plagued south Texas shelter. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s ruling Monday orders the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to move immigrant children out of the Shiloh Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, and into less […]

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On Michael Harrington’s Democratic Socialism

on July 31, 2018

Maurice Isserman’s biography of Harrington depicts a fierce lifelong advocate for democratic socialism who butted heads with the New Left but never wavered in his commitment to economic justice. Harrington’s relentless focus on economic issues, his moral seriousness, his “visionary gradualism,” his “pragmatic radicalism,” represent, to Isserman, the road not taken for the American left. […]

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Today, a bunch of stalwart journalists are fighting the back-asswards conditions in Alexandria’s courthouse to bring breaking news from the first day of Paul Manafort’s tax evasion trial. In this post, I’m going to look at a few details that have happened outside of the courthouse Yesterday, The Daily Beast provided some kind of an […]

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Of course, a National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA) system would increase federal spending, but not by as much as they claim. NIMA would create a national health insurance, like most other wealthy countries have, funded only through taxes. This would replace our current complicated, privatized healthcare system, funded through a mix of premiums, out-of-pocket […]

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Michael Harrington, an American Socialist

on July 31, 2018

DSA founder Michael Harrington served as a moral tribune for a broad community by virtue of the democratic and egalitarian content of his socialist message, and by his ceaseless commitment to spreading it. Harrington and DSOC, and then DSA, called for open socialist participation in the struggles of the mainstream left—for an American socialism that […]

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Entrepreneurship in St. Louis, MO; electoral organizing in Uniontown, AL; and community wealth building on urban farms in Detroit, MI. This week on the Laura Flanders Show, we hit the road to report on community stories throughout the country. We visit activist and musician Tef Poe’s barbershop, Frontline Stylez, a project spurred by the Ferguson […]

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CBS News (7/30/18) “Medicare for All,” a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont–Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for progressive voters evaluating Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The plan would provide coverage for the 40 million currently uninsured in the United […]

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Administration Was Warned on Dangers of Family Separations

on July 31, 2018

WASHINGTON—A Department of Health and Human Services official told senators Tuesday that his agency had warned the Trump administration that separating families would be dangerous for children. But some of the government’s top immigration officials used a Senate hearing to largely defend how the policy has been implemented, with one comparing family detention centers to […]

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On the sixth anniversary of the death of Gore Vidal, and the final day of our fundraising campaign, we republish Paul’s Jay’s 2007 interview with Vidal on the state of journalism. Vidal says, “I’ve been around the ruling class all my life, and I’ve been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of […]

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https://democracynow.org – Ron Dellums, the legendary politician and anti-war activist who fought against U.S. intervention around the globe, apartheid in South Africa and the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 82. During his nearly three decades in Congress, Dellums opposed every major U.S. military intervention except a bill in 1992 to send troops […]

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SUFB 521: FINALLY!!! Mainstream Media Is Showing The Criticism Of The Ocean Clean Up Project

I talked about how the Marine Conservation Community views Boyan Slant’s Ocean Clean Up project before and I even touched on my frustrations as to how mainstream media outlets haven’t shown the criticisms to their audience. FINALLY, a mainstream media platform showed the criticisms to their audience. And it made me happier to see it. […]

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