U.S. Politics

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Set Hurricane Recovery Back as Trump Denies Aid

January 14, 2020

The U.S. territory was hit with two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks, but local and national politics are still getting in the way of real help for the people of Puerto Rico.

US Commits Acts of War, But No One Is Asking the Hard Questions

January 14, 2020

Gen. Soleimani was an ally in the fight against ISIS, just as Saddam was an ally against Iran. Why did the U.S. turn against them?

Poverty Is the New Draft

January 14, 2020

The draft might be gone, but not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Inconsistent access to education, healthcare, or housing means marginalized communities are systemically pushed into military service to gain those benefits–especially poor students.

Democratic Debate: Will Progressives Highlight the Cost of War?

January 13, 2020

Senators Sanders and Warren could have their best opportunity yet to argue that if the U.S. has trillions to pay for war abroad, it can invest in healthcare, education, and infrastructure at home.

Who Profits when Iran and America Fight?

January 13, 2020

We spoke to Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin after Thursday’s War Powers resolution vote. Whose interests are driving the narrative around conflict with Iran?

Calling Bernie Sanders Anti-Semitic Is Islamophobic

January 13, 2020

Sahar Aziz discusses her article from The New Arab, “Accusing Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism is nothing but thinly veiled Islamophobia.” The accusation of anti-Semitism has been weaponized to attack people who promote solidarity with Muslim Americans and who demand sustainable foreign policy towards the Middle East.

War Powers Resolution on Iran Still Has Teeth

January 10, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to prevent Trump from engaging in further hostilities against Iran. It is a mistake to assume that the resolution, if it passes the Senate, won’t have an effect, says Hassan El-Tayyab.

House Passes War Powers Resolution as Thousands Say ‘No to War with Iran’

January 10, 2020

Progressive Democrats acknowledge the War Powers Resolutions don’t go far enough to truly prevent Trump from launching war with Iran.

The Liars that Led Us to War

January 10, 2020

Two Iraq war veterans explain why Congress has failed to stop the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and say the United States needs to learn from its imperialist history if anything is going to change.

Trump Announces Additional ‘Punishing’ Sanctions on Iran

January 8, 2020

The president’s statement addressed the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the Iran nuclear agreement, and the role of NATO.