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Why Impeachment Matters, Regardless of the Outcome

So why are we doing this? While it’s highly unlikely Trump will be removed from power before the 2020 election, there are a couple arguments to be made that impeaching him serves a higher purpose, even if the outcome is likely a foregone conclusion

Key Takeaways in the US Failure in Afghanistan

Some of the findings were already known. But they are sure to fuel a debate over when, and how, to end the American-led war.

A Boss is a Boss Nurses Battle for Their First Contract

Rather than accept the nurses union and engage in good-faith collective bargaining, Albany Med management has adopted a well-established corporate tactic for undermining a fledgling union: denying it a first contract.

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement—Weak Tea, at Best

The USMCA will in no way offset or reverse the massive devastation caused by the original NAFTA agreement. Nor is the deal a “model for future trade agreements.”

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - December 10, 2019

SCOTUS Attacks Repro Rights / Fuel Industries Have Known All Along / Free Public Transit / E-Cars and Green Capitalism / Uberization / Jumping the Turnstiles / Sanders and Corbyn / UK Labour and Antisemitism / Chilean Women Change World Culture

CHILE: ‘There Has Been a Citizen Awakening...'

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CIVICUS speaks about the protests in Chile with Soledad Fátima Muñoz, a Chilean activist and the founder of a mentoring programme and feminist festival, Current Symposium.

Seed the Vote: Political Assessment

Our goal is not just to push Trump out of office, but to help shift the balance of power in the states where we are working in favor of communities of color, social justice organizations, and labor.

The 2020 Elections and the Anti-War Cause

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To make passionate arguments against the war machine can be a key part of the fight as well as contributing to building a long-term anti-war movement. The critique of militarism, both at home and abroad, is a crucial part of the resistance to Trump.

Henoko-Oura Bay Coastal Waters: Japan’s First Hope Spot

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In designating the Henoko Oura Bay Coastal Waters as Japan’s first Hope Spot, Mission Blue has confirmed that the area is a special place on par with other natural wonders and Hope Spots around the world.

Coal’s Decline, Rise of Natural Gas-Fueled Plastics

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A growing chorus agrees the expansion of the natural gas industry, which feeds plastics and petrochemical plants like Shell’s, is moving the U.S. in the wrong direction to prevent catastrophic impacts from climate change.
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Culture

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This object speaks. What does it say?

Shane Mitchell Southern Foodways Alliance
This potholder could have been an emblem of the abolitionist movement, but is now considered offensive by modern standards.

Mark Zuckerberg and I

Brendan Walsh Rattle
“I’ve become obsessed,” writes the poet Branden Walsh, “with trying to understand the compulsions and sickness of a society that believes billionaires are a healthy/natural component of civilization.” He tries here to humanize just one.

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Monopoly and Its Discontents

Gerald Berk The American Prospect
It's no Marxist critique of class power--would that it were--but Matt Stoller's Goliath, aimed at moving the Democratic Party off dead center, slams all the right enemies in urging the resuscitating of the anti-monopoly tradition of the 20th century

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Racial Terror & Totalitarianism

Mary Helen Washington Solidarity
African American anti-fascist intellectuals sought to link colonialism and U.S.-style racism with European fascism using a variety of rhetorical and artistic means. This book offers a portrait of those efforts.

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In Wisconsin, the Teamsters Faced a Revolt from Below

Alice Herman In These Times
Sampson and her colleagues ran a campaign to elect a new slate of officials to head the Teamsters local. The slate, which called itself Rebuild 695 and was comprised mostly of Madison Metro Transit employees, came 96 votes short.

Friday nite video

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Why Billionaires Won’t Save Us

Hasan Minhaj dissects how the ultra-rich use philanthropy to get richer, distract from the injustices on which they built their fortunes, and dictate politics and policy

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Who Is Worse: Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell?

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich discusses the most dangerous politician of his lifetime, who has damaged our country in ways that will take a generation to undo...Mitch McConnell

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The Report | Movie

The plot follows staffer Daniel J. Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA's use of torture following the September 11 attacks. It covers more than a decade's worth of real-life political intrigue. Starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening. Streaming on Amazon.

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Dark Waters | Movie

Mark Ruffalo stars as an attorney who goes after DuPont for dumping toxic wastes in West Virginia. But more than a simple "superhero triumphs" docudrama, Dark Waters is a dark tale of the human consequences of corporate power for everyone it touches.