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The 1968 Democratic Convention Protests - 50 Years Ago

Joel Bleifuss, Marilyn Katz, Todd Gitlin, Don Rose, Rick Perlstein In These Times
50 years after the infamous demonstrations, participants and historians reflect. What lessons does the battle of Chicago have for us today? We asked three veterans of 1968 and one historian of the period to revisit this 50-year-old debate.

How Michael Cohen Pleading the 5th Could Backfire on Donald Trump

In a special legal report, Ari Melber examines Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s decision to plead the 5th in matters relating to the Stormy Daniels case. Melber points out Nixon’s own lawyer plead the 5th during a Watergate grand jury, but eventually flipped.

The Soul-Crushing Legacy of Billy Graham

Bob Moser Rolling Stone
"I would torment myself for another 20 years trying to 'reform,' never quite able to shake the voice of Billy Graham promising me eternal damnation"

A Chilean and American Monument to Pinochet Bombing Victims Rises in Washington

Michael Laris Washington Post
On Sunday, a statue of the democratic hero, Orlando Letelier, was unveiled on Washington’s stately Massachusetts Avenue, near the spot where Letelier was killed in a 1976 car bombing — an assassination ordered by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Ronni Karpen Moffitt, a 25-year-old American co-worker whom Letelier had been giving a ride, also was killed in the attack, which became a rallying point for human rights advocates.

Documenting U.S. Role in Democracy's Fall and Dictator's Rise in Chile

Pascale Bonnefoy New York Times
"To see on a piece of paper, for example, the president of the United States ordering the C.I.A. to preemptively overthrow a democratically elected president in Chile is stunning..." Documented the U.S. role to overthrow the democratic government of Chile, and to support the fascist junta.

Vietnam and the Sixties: A Personal History

W. D. Ehrhart Monthly Review
On March 16, 1968 American soldiers murdered 407 unarmed men, women, and children in My Lai. The same day, in the nearby village of My Khe, another unit of the same division murdered an estimated 97 additional Vietnamese civilians. I and my fellow Marines routinely killed, maimed, and abused Vietnamese on a near-daily basis, destroying homes, fields, crops, and livestock with every weapon available to us, from rifles and grenades to heavy artillery and napalm.

Trump Is Predictable. That's Scary

John Feffer Foreign Policy in Focus
Without exception, Trump's foreign policy picks are members of the far right: aggressive, Islamophobic, and contemptuous of diplomacy.

The Lousy Reason I Didn't Vote in 1968 - And Why Sanders Supporters Shouldn't Fall for It

Michael Ansara Vox
It is 1968. Year of blood. Year of protest. Year of insurgency. Year of a pivotal election: Republican Richard Nixon versus Democrat Hubert Humphrey. I decide that Nixon and Humphrey are indistinguishable, and I refuse to vote. I encourage others to do the same. It's a mistake I regret to this day. At first, students on the left were full of hope about the 1968 election...The only way Donald Trump does not become president of the United States is if Hillary Clinton does
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