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Trump’s Trade War With China Is Waged to Make the Rich Richer

Trump’s Trade War With China Is Waged to Make the Rich Richer

May 23, 2019

By Dean Baker / CEPR. Donald Trump seems determined to double down and keep pressing forward on his trade war with China. He promises more and higher tariffs, apparently not realizing that U.S. consumers are the ones paying these taxes — not China’s government or corporations. While tariffs clearly impose a cost on people in…

Will Biden’s Dog Whistles for Racism Catch Up with Him?

Will Biden’s Dog Whistles for Racism Catch Up with Him?

May 23, 2019

By Norman Solomon In a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential nomination may largely depend on the extent of “doublethink” that George Orwell described in 1984 as the willingness “to forget any fact that has become inconvenient.” It is…

Springtime for Biden and Democrats

Springtime for Biden and Democrats

May 17, 2019

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Summertime is coming; the “debate” season is near.  It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway.  What a dreary prospect!  Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come…

The US Labor Market Is Deteriorating for Black Men

The US Labor Market Is Deteriorating for Black Men

May 16, 2019

By Dean Baker / CEPR. The April jobs report was, for the most part, pretty good news. The overall unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent, a level not seen in almost 50 years. The survey of businesses showed the economy generated more than 260,000 new jobs in the month — a very strong pace of…

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Venezuela Embassy protection collective defies unlawful ‘no trespass’ order

May 14, 2019

By Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright / Alternet. Top image via Independent Media Institute. An extraordinary set of events has been unfolding at the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, D.C., ever since the Embassy Protection Collective began living at the embassy with the permission of… An extraordinary set of events has been unfolding at the Venezuela Embassy in…

Privatization Solution Worse than Problem

Privatization Solution Worse than Problem

May 14, 2019

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram / IPS News. In order to make the case for privatizing state-owned enterprises, their real problems were often exaggerated in order to make the case for privatization from the 1980s. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 14 2019 (IPS) – Privatization has not provided the miracle cure for the problems (especially inefficiencies) associated…

Climate Emergency Manifesto

Climate Emergency Manifesto

May 14, 2019

European United Left/Nordic Green Left / Socialist Project. We Only Have One Planet. Let’s save it. Now! The latest IPCC Special Report (October 2018) is our last alarm bell for stopping mass human and environmental destruction caused by human-induced climate change. Its findings were alarming-rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes before the year 2030 are what is…

Why Ecuador?

Why Ecuador?

May 9, 2019

By Ola Bini / Peoples Dispatch. Political prisoner Ola Bini, who was arrested on April 11 in Quito, Ecuador and put into preventative detention, writes from prison about why he chose to move to Ecuador Two weeks. Prison here in Ecuador is a maddening mix of long stretches of isolation and boredom interspersed with random…

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Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He’s So Much Like Them

May 8, 2019

By Norman Solomon Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as “a decent man” and Mike Pence as “a decent guy” merely scratches the surface of what’s wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald Trump an…

An Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion

An Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion

May 6, 2019

By Wretched of The Earth / Socialist Project. This letter was collaboratively written with dozens of aligned groups. As the weeks of action called by Extinction Rebellion were coming to an end, our groups came together to reflect on the narrative, strategies, tactics and demands of a reinvigorated climate movement in the UK. In this…