HOW THE WATER CRISIS IN THE WEST RENEWED THE DEBATE ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DAMS...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica   VIA TRUTHDIG     Glen Canyon Dam is located in Page, Arizona. (Jacqueline Poggi / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This piece originally ran on ProPublica. Wedged between Arizona and Utah, less than 20 miles up river from the Grand Canyon, a soaring concrete wall nearly the height of two football fields blocks the flow of the Colorado River. There, at Glen Canyon Dam, the river is turned back on itself, drowning more than 200 miles of plasma-red gorges and replacing the Colorado’s free-spirited rapids with an immense lake of flat, still water called Lake Powell, the nation’s second largest reserve. When Glen Canyon Dam was built — in the middle of the last century — giant dams were championed as a silver bullet promising to elevate the American...

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THEY DON’T WANT TRUMP OR HILLARY: HALF OF VOTERS WOULD CONSIDER A THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATE...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 47% of registered American voters would vote third party, poll finds, as Trump begins overtaking Clinton nationally Ben Norton Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton (Credit: Reuters/Randall Hill/Mike Segar/Photo montage by Salon) Nearly half, 47 percent, of registered American voters would consider a third-party candidate if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the major party nominees, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll. Support for third parties is steadily growing. Similar polls conducted during past presidential elections found that in 2012, 40 percent of voters would support a third-party candidate, and in 2008, 38 percent of voters would. The 2016 presidential campaign has inspired intense backlash against the establishment. Bernie Sanders has attacked it from the left, for kowtowing to corporate power and repressing grassroots activist movements. Donald Trump has attacked it from the right, pledging...

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NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HOUSE REPUBLICANS: ARE YOU KIDDING?...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageTHINK PROGRESS CREDIT: P Photo/Bebeto Matthews In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, center, speaks during a news conference in New York.   Not content to let the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology’s reputation for hating science rest for even a moment, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has now subpoenaed the New York attorney general over his investigation into Exxon’s role in sowing climate denial. Calling the investigation a “coordinated attempt to deprive companies, nonprofit organizations, and scientists of their First Amendment rights and ability to fund and conduct scientific research free from intimidation and the threat of prosecution,” Smith’s letter calls for documents and communication between the attorney general’s office and environmental groups, the EPA, and the Justice Department, and internally, regarding any...

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ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, THE TOIL OF WORK AND WALL STREET POWER: OUR CAPITALIST SOCIETY IS LIKE “THE MATRIX”...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] SALON.COM We live in a dystopia worthy of a Hollywood sci-fi movie, and most people don’t even realize it Cody Cain   Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix” (Credit: Warner Bros.) Our lives seem normal. Just like in the beginning of “The Matrix,” the classic sci-fi movie from 1999 starring Keanu Reeves. Not great or anything, but fine. We get up every morning and repeat our programmed daily grind. But is this all life has to offer? Or is there more to it than this? Some larger, hidden force controlling us and our society that we don’t recognize or understand? What is the Matrix? In the movie, the main character, Neo, was presented with a choice as to whether he wished to learn the reality about the hidden forces. And now, dear...

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HILLARY MUST PICK BERNIE FOR VP: SHE MAY NEED HIM MORE THAN HE NEEDS HER...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Yes, it’s time for Democrats to unite, but also for Hillary to recognize she needs help with the progressive base Michael Bourne  SALON.COM Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders (Credit: AP/David Goldman) It’s time to bury the hatchet, Democrats. Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders need to accept that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all but sewn up, and Clinton’s supporters need to stop counting delegates long enough to face the fact that Sanders won the policy debate, hands down. With the end of the primary season just weeks away, the two candidates need to brush themselves off, shake hands, and begin quietly preparing to take on Republican nominee Donald Trump together – with Clinton at the top of the ticket and Sanders as her running mate. After the primary contests in Kentucky and Oregon, Clinton...

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THE BIG ISSUE CALIFORNIANS ARE NOT HEARING ABOUT THIS ELECTION YEAR...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Bill Boyarsky  TRUTHDIG   An aerial view of downtown Malibu, Calif., and surrounding neighborhoods. (Doc Searls/CC BY-SA 2.0) California’s size and complexity make it easy to hide some of the real forces shaping the state this election year. Sure, California is deep blue, with Democrats in control of all offices. But don’t be misled. The most powerful force in the state—business—isn’t hung up on party labels. No matter what the color of California on the electoral map, there’s green to be made by business in shaping the laws of the Golden State. The difference between the surface show of politics and what goes on in the backrooms has always intrigued me. Although I enjoy covering the glamour of big campaigns, I know the real story is often found among the lobbyists and...

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HOW TO MAKE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATING PROCESS ACTUALLY DEMOCRATIC...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Larry Cohen  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE In late July, delegates to the Democratic National Convention will gather in Philadelphia, not only to nominate a president and vice president but to debate a reform agenda for the party itself. Bernie Sanders’ call for a political revolution is centered on democratizing U.S. politics, including the Democratic Party, and his delegation will number at least 1,700. “Big money out and voters in” should be their rallying cry; spending on the 2016 election is on track to exceed the 2012 record of $7 billion. #1 Get superdelegates out of the nominating process As Jesse Jackson’s delegates did in 1988, Sanders’ delegates are likely to demand a significant reduction or elimination of the role of superdelegates in the nominating process. If the Democratic Party wants to...

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I WATCHED HILLARY CLINTON’S FORCES SWIPE NEVADA: THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA’S NOT TELLING YOU...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bernie’s forces were justifiably outraged over arbitrary rule changes and a chairwoman determined to ignore them Gayle Brandeis  SALON.COM Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19, 2016. (Credit: Reuters/David Becker) It probably wasn’t the best time for me to go to Vegas. My beloved father had just died the week before, and I was feeling hazy and vulnerable, prone to weeping at the slightest provocation. Grief made me feel like I had no skin and no brain; grief had turned me into a cloud, and I was in that floaty state when I got on the plane with my husband—a state delegate headed to the Nevada Democratic Convention—and our six-year-old son. I wasn’t sure what would happen once we got to Vegas, whether all the lights and...

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THE HOUSE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HATES SCIENCE AND SHOULD BE DISBANDED...

May 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The House science committee has become a national embarrassment, and does more harm than good. Let’s get rid of it J.D. Trout   Lamar Smith (Credit: AP/Harry Hamburg) As if named by a Congressional Office of Dark Irony, The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology really seems to hate science. Its current chair, Lamar Smith, R – Tex., is a climate change denier, seeing a conspiracy in the overwhelming scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, where the vast majority of experts in the world see only good science. In the last four or five Congressional sessions, the attacks on science made by the majority membership of HCSST have become increasingly unhinged and prolonged. Rather than acting on House Resolutions that advanced the aims of science, Lamar Smith assumed the role of small-government...

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MOST OF OREGON’S NEWLY REGISTERED VOTER WON’T BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE’S PRIMARY...

May 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alice Ollstein THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen Naomi Scott, center, of McMinnville, Oregon, takes a picture with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.   For decades, Oregon has been at the forefront of making it easier to vote. Two decades ago, the state began offering each and every eligible resident the option to vote by mail. Oregon later became the first to conduct all its elections by mail. Then, in 2015, Oregon became the first state in the nation to automatically register voters every time they visit a Department of Motor Vehicles. The new “Motor Voter” policy has added more than 67,000 new voters to the state’s voter rolls, and officials are hoping Tuesday’s primary will have record turnout. The new system has especially been a boon for young voters; since...

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IMPASSIONED PLEA FOR BERNIE SANDERS BY OLIVER STONE: ‘HILLARY CLINTON HAS EFFECTIVELY CLOSED THE DOOR ON PEACE’...

May 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Fantastic Word  As it was first publish on Oliver Stones official facebook page then republish in Alternet : When fear becomes collective, when anger becomes collective, it’s extremely dangerous. It is overwhelming ,The mass media and the military industrial complex create a prison for us, so we continue to think, see, and act in the same way.We need the courage to express ourselves even when the majority is going in the opposite direction, because a change of direction can happen only when there is a collective awakening… Therefore, it is very important to say, ‘I am here!’ to those who share the same kind of insight.Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk, The Art of Power I’ve been in deep despair these last few months about our political landscape. This quote from Thich Nhat Hanh recently elevated...

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CHAOS AT NEVADA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION; STATE PARTY CHAIR FLEES BUILDING A SANDERS SUPPORTERS DEMAND RECOUNT...

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Hains   REAL CLEAR POLITICS   (Update/clarification: This situation escalated out of control when Roberta Lange, Chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party & member of the national DNC Executive Committee subjectively called the results of a voice vote, adjourned the meeting using a gavel, and left. According to a Democratic Party spokesman, the national party or its Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, “did not have a part in this.”) Related Video: At NV Convention, Sanders Supporters Immediately Question Yeas/Nays Decision: “She Passed It Before We Even Said No!” Adryenn Ashley posted several live videos (below) from inside the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, where arcane secondary rounds of the delegate selection process of Nevada’s Democratic caucus erupted into chaos Saturday night. Bernie Sanders supporters demanded 64 rejected pro-Sanders delegates listed in...

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WELCOME TO 1984

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG         Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos outside a meeting of U.S. elites in Boston. (Steven Senne / AP) The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly. “Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.” This moment in American...

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ROBERT SCHEER TALKS ABOUT DISRUPTING MILITARISM WITH CODEPINK’S JODIE EVANS...

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/scheer-intelligence/jodie-evans-a-codepink-disrupter TRUTHDIG     Jodie Evans, speaking against foreclosures in 2012. (mpeake / CC BY-ND 2.0) In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Codepink activist Jodie Evans to discuss her organization’s efforts to move the United States away from military conflict, as well as the origins of her activism.   Evans, along with several other women, started Codepink in 2002 as an effort to prevent the U.S. invasion of Iraq through confrontations with members of government. She also ran California Gov. Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign in 1992. In their conversation, Evans tells Scheer what it was like to run a campaign against Bill Clinton and notes the similarities she sees with Hillary Clinton’s campaign today. She also discusses her ideas about feminism and reconciling them...

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WHY DOESN’T EVERY STATE HAVE AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION?...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] These are “commonsense policies that remove unnecessary barriers and increase participation,” said Vermont’s governor. —By AJ Vicens   MOTHER JONES Richard B. Levine/Zuma Oregon announced this week that since taking effect on January 1, its new automatic voter registration law has added 51,588 voters to the state’s rolls. More than half of the state’s new registered voters this year came through the automatic registration process. Across the country in Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill in April that will automatically register people to vote when they apply for driver’s licenses, unless they opt out. “While states across the country are making it harder for voters to get to the polls, Vermont is making it easier by moving forward with commonsense policies that remove unnecessary barriers and increase participation in our democracy,” Shumlin said...

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Doctors Agree With Sanders on Universal Health Care...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Physicans warn that the risks of continuing the ACA will leave millions uninsured indefinitely. By Viji Sundaram / New America Media  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr CC Presidential hopefuls have their own ideas on what to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature legislation, when they move into the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks it should be replaced with a single-payer health plan of the kind Europe and Canada have. This federally administered universal health care program would eliminate copays and deductibles. There’s currently a move afoot in Colorado to have such a plan. Secretary Hillary Clinton would like to keep the ACA, with a few fixes. Donald Trump says he will uproot the ACA, get Congress to allow the sale of health insurance across state...

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AMID DILMA ROUSSEFF’S IMPEACHMENT, BRAZIL PREPARES TO ROLL BACK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS...

May 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Jan Rocha / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Damaging new roads and other projects are likely to be nodded through in Brazil. (Lucas Kenzo 436 via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. SÃO PAULO—Taking advantage of Brazil’s present political turbulence, as the battle to impeach President Dilma Rousseff reaches its climax, reactionary politicians are quietly rolling back environmental and indigenous protection laws in defiance of the country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. Environmentalists say that if the bill known as PEC 65/2012, now at the Senate committee stage, is approved, it means that major infrastructure projects will be able to go ahead regardless of their impacts on biodiversity, indigenous areas, traditional communities and conservation areas. Instead of a careful if somewhat slow licensing process which...

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“DEVASTATING” DOCUMENTARY PROBING CLINTON’S CASH TO PREMIERE AT CANNES NEXT WEEK...

May 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The film was written and produced by Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bann VIDEO Brendan Gauthier  SALON.COM Hillary Clinton (Credit: AP/Tony Dejak) “Clinton Clash,” premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, is a “devastating” documentary, according to MSNBC, alleging Bill and Hillary Clinton used the Clinton Foundation to “help billionaires make shady deals around the world with corrupt dictators, all while enriching themselves to the tune of millions.” The film, written and produced by Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon and directed by M.A. Taylor, is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name (subtitled “The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich”) by Peter Schweizer. MSNBC got an “exclusive first look” at the documentary, which...

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QUESTIONABLE ASSUMPTIONS BEHIND CRITIQUES OF SANDERS’ ECONOMIC PLAN...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Isaiah J. Poole  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE It’s “Neoliberals Gang Up on Bernie Sanders Week” along the corridor of Washington establishment think-tanks that include the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute and a Brookings offspring, the Tax Policy Center. Out of this corridor came not one, but two reports this week that give negative reviews to Sanders’ health care and tax plans. Both reports essentially reinforce one of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s chief attack lines against the Vermont senator running to her left: that Sanders’ “numbers don’t add up” and that he is making promises “that cannot be kept.” But in reality it’s the reports themselves that make questionable negative assumptions about the effects of Sanders’ proposals. This is a continuation of an argument that broke out earlier this year when economist...

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3 Oligarchs-Turned-GOP Governors Who Are Laying Ruin to Their States...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tea Party and the Right Bevin, Rauner and Scott are only too happy to attack the poor at every turn while their own fortunes continue to grow. By Alex Henderson / AlterNet Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr If any state was justified in describing itself as a major Obamacare success story, it was Kentucky; that is, before Republican Matt Bevin was sworn in as governor. Kentucky, under Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, was the home of Kynect, a state-operated Obamacare exchange that resulted in 500,000 Kentucky residents gaining health insurance, including many poor people with preexisting conditions. But Bevin, a rabid Tea Party ideologue who defeated Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race in 2015, campaigned on dismantling Kynect, and he has been making good on his promise, causing considerable misery to people...

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NOAM CHOMSKY: WHO RULES THE WORLD?...

May 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] An excerpt from his important new book. By Noam Chomsky / Tom Dispatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: YouTube h. Today’s TomDispatch is the first of two parts of a remarkable Chomsky essay that caps his new book, Who Rules the World? Part 2 of the piece will appear at TD on Tuesday morning! The other day I pulled a tattered copy of The Chomsky Reader off a bookshelf of mine. Leafing through some of the Vietnam-era essays collected in that 1987 paperback brought to life a young Tom Engelhardt who, in the mid-to-late 1960s, was undergoing a startling transition: from dreaming of serving his government to opposing it. Noam Chomsky’s writings played a role in that transformation. I stopped at his chilling 1970 essay “After Pinkville,” which I remember reading when it came...

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They’re Still Not Telling the Real Story: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the Analysis You Won’t Hear on Cable News...

May 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 From Fox News to MSNBC, the pundits are too obsessed with this very second to notice the massive changes underfoot. By Paul Rosenberg / Salon   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Wikipedia After every presidential primary, we were treated to a new round of conventional wisdom about what things mean for both parties going forward. Yet, there’s every reason to be deeply skeptical of these discussions among people who never saw either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders coming. They represent a chattering class that both expected and normalized a “war of dynasties” between Bushes and the Clintons, then marveled at the “depth” of the Republican bench, and spent months obsessing over whether Joe Biden would run, as if he were a figure of mythic proportions. You can laugh, if you want, but the out-of-touch...

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A CONFESSION OF LIBERAL INTOLERANCE...

May 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A Confession of Liberal Intolerance [Nicholas Kristof]    NYTIMES Photo Credit 13Milliseconds for The New York Times WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives. Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us. O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical. “Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,” he told me. “But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close.” I’ve been thinking about this because on Facebook recently I wondered...

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT PARTY LAUNCHES A PETITION TO UNIFY SUPPORT BEHIND BERNIE SANDERS...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG   Bernie Sanders speaking in Arizona. (via Flickr) The American two-party system is being scrutinized and criticized more than ever during this election campaign, and many say the reason is Bernie Sanders—an independent senator now running for president as a Democrat but whose chances at snagging the party’s nomination are increasingly slim. But as the Democratic-Republican binary continues to dominate U.S. elections, how can truly independent voices break through? That’s the problem that the Progressive Independent Party, or PIP, is trying to solve. The new party, also listed as the “Honorary Bernie Sanders Party” on Facebook, is trying to bypass the delegate math and unfair campaign spending that so often determines the next American president. The founder, Araquel Bloss, writes on the party’s website that it is time to create a “long-term,...

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IS YOUR GOVERNOR OR ATTORNEY GENERAL A CLIMATE DENIER? THIS MAP WILL TELL YOU....

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Kristen Ellingboe – Guest Contributor & Ryan Koronowski CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos   After sweating through the second straight year that earned the title of hottest year on record, new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that 24 governors and attorneys general publicly deny the reality of climate change. It also gives a comprehensive summary of their records and public views on climate change and energy issues. The 21 governors publicly confirmed as climate deniers is an increase from previous years. The public is way ahead of these state lawmakers — a recent poll found that 76 percent of Americans said they believed global climate change is occurring, including 59 percent of Republicans. This year’s analysis, displayed below in an interactive map and accompanying data sheet, also...

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BURNING ISSUES: HIDDEN WEALTH AND THE RIGGED FINANCIAL SYSTEM...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Burning Issues Video VIA AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE The Panama Papers, which opened a window into the world of secret bank accounts and money flows, help reveal the extent to which the global financial system is rigged to favor the wealthy and powerful, says Eryn Schornick, policy adviser at Global Witness, in this Burning Issues segment. While much of the attention has been focused on overseas tax havens, Schornick notes that “the U.S. is one of the easiest places in the world for a corrupt politician or a criminal to create a company and hide the fact that they own it.” These corporations can then outbid legitimate, transparently created companies for government contracts, take advantage of investors and customers and, of course, deprive governments of needed tax revenues. Legislation pending in Congress...

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AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN SO RIPE FOR TYRANNY...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Democracies end when they are too democratic. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. Illustration by Zohar Lazar By Andrew Sullivan  NEW YORK MAGAZINE Democracies end when they are too democratic. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. Illustration by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is...

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CLINTONISM SCREWED THE DEMOCRATS: HOW BILL, HILLARY AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL GUTTED PROGRESSIVISM...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Imagine there’s no Clintons. It’s easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today Paul Rosenberg SALON.COM (Credit: AP) Hillary Clinton today promotes herself as a “reformer with results,” and she’s relied on a widespread impression that she and Bernie Sanders aren’t really that far apart on major issues. After the last round of primaries in the Northeast, she expressed it again: “Because whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us. We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high, that Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street, and we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it. We Democrats agree that college should be affordable to all, and student...

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REFORMING DEMOCRACY FROM THE GRASSROOTS UP...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Frustrated by a somnolent Congress, a bipartisan group is tackling campaign finance reform one city at a time. By Charlotte Hill Represent.Us, a bipartisan group, is trying to build momentum for campaign finance and lobbying reform by pushing legislation at the state and local level. (Photo: Christopher Huang/Represent.Us) Following the April demonstrations in Washington for campaign finance and voting rights reform, BillMoyers.com has invited activists — some of whom participated in the protests and some who did not — to describe what they are doing to continue work on these issues. This essay from Represent.Us is part of that series. America is in the midst of a grassroots revolution. Ordinary people are standing up to big money and denouncing the culture of corruption that permeates our political system. Just this...

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Watch: Amy Goodman Reveals How the Media Ruins Elections...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 “We need a media that covers power, not covers for power.” By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Democracy Now! Can you really tell the difference between mainstream media channels when they all basically cover Trump nonstop? Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, was featured in a video for AJ+, a social media and mobile channel run by Al Jazeera. In it, she said, “I see the media as a huge kitchen table that stretches across the globe that we all sit around and debate the most important issues of the day. War and peace. Life and death.” Goodman believes that “Anything less than that is a disservice to a democratic society.” How much does this disservice affect our decision-making, particularly when it comes to voting? “It is critical in an election year to...

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