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This article was originally published in Counterpunch. We do not live in a post-truth world and never have. On the contrary, we live in a pre-truth world where the truth has yet to arrive. As one of the primary currencies of politics, lies have a long history in the United States. For instance, state sponsored […]

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As the annual AIPAC conference wraps up in Washington on Tuesday, historian Walter Hixon looked back on the Israel Lobby’s origins in this speech last Friday to the “Israel Lobby & American Policy Conference” at the National Press Club. By Walter Hixon This conference speaks truth to power. We gather here because we support truth […]

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In recent months, hundreds of people from coast to coast have confronted politicians in their offices and asked them to take action on climate change. Activists with the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led organization whose mission is to halt climate change and “create millions of good jobs in the process” swarmed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s […]

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The first time Elena Eva Reynaga was arrested for being a sex worker was in 1976, amidst the military coup in Argentina. She was detained for almost 100 days. The cell, she recalls, was “two by two with a toilet, or rather, a pit – with cockroaches, rats”. Facing what she describes as constant police […]

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Image by Nathaniel St. Clair We do not live in a post-truth world and never have. On the contrary, we live in a pre-truth world where the truth has yet to arrive. As one of the primary currencies of politics, lies have a long history in the United States. For instance, state sponsored lies played […]

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ProPublica Wins Overseas Press Club Award

March 20, 2019           |                                       

The Overseas Press Club announced ProPublica’s “Fuel to the Fire” as the winner of the Whitman Bassow Award, which recognizes the best reporting on international environmental issues. “Fuel to the Fire,” by ProPublica senior reporter Abrahm Lustgarten and co-published with The New York Times Magazine, exposed how U.S. laws intended to reduce dependence on fossil […]

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Russia’s Deripaska Files Suit Against U.S. Sanctions, Claims Loss Of $7.5 Billion

March 15, 2019           |                                       

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has filed a lawsuit in a Washington court against the U.S. Treasury Department, alleging the sanctions against him are illegal and claiming they have cost him $7.5 billion. Deripaska, a powerful tycoon with close ties to the Kremlin, names the Treasury, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Andrea Gacki, who leads the […]

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On November 13, 2018, it was announced with great fanfare that Amazon—one of the world’s most valuable publicly traded corporations—would be putting one of its two new headquarters in Long Island City, the western edge of the New York City borough of Queens. It was presented as all but a fait accompli. A massive raft […]

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<!– –> (Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a splash with her proposal to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook if elected president in 2020. Her blog post on Medium criticized the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission for “weak antitrust enforcement” that has allowed tech giants to buy competitors, or […]

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 29, 2019. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP It’s imperfect, it’s vague in parts, and it will face a conflagration of opposition from the tech lobbying freight train and congressional conservatives for whom antitrust efforts are anathema. But presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s new […]

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Today, the two looming “existential threats” are the possibility of nuclear war, and unprecedented human-caused climate change, yet neither of these seems to unduly concern our plutocrats. Capitalism thrives on war, and we forget this historical fact at our peril. Nor do they seem worried about the drastic consequences of global warming, which has been […]

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The Fascinating Spell Cast by Weasels

March 4, 2019           |                                       

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Hence one must choose a master, God being out of style. — Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956 To be fascinated by another person who holds or symbolizes power is very common. It is often accompanied […]

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The Biggest Obstacle for Bernie Isn’t the DNC

March 4, 2019           |                                       

Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will “rig” the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The meme encourages the belief that the Bernie 2020 campaign is futile because of powerful corporate Democrats. But such fatalism should be discarded. As Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never […]

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Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will “rig” the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The meme encourages the belief that the Bernie 2020 campaign is futile because of powerful corporate Democrats. But such fatalism should be discarded. As Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never […]

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Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predicted that, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment […]

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