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A Very Scary Week in the Middle East

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:45
Eric Margolis

What a scary week in the Mideast. The epicenter of the world’s energy resources and the land-bridge between Asia and Africa is spinning out of control as the danger of a shooting war between the US and Russia grows daily.

A US F-18 warplane shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 ground attack aircraft over eastern Syria. This was a grave, reckless provocation clearly authorized by Washington. Russia, Syria’s ally, threatened to begin targeting its supposedly deadly S-300 missiles against US warplanes over Syria.

Categories: Human Rights

'This Is Not a Drill': Less Than One Week to Defeat 'Barbaric' Trumpcare Bill

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:43
Common Dreams staff

As people mobilize nationwide under the #ProtectOurCare banner in a collective bid to defeat the Republican Party's plan to strip healthcare coverage from millions in order to give the nation's wealthiest a massive tax break, Sen. Bernie Sanders was helping lead the charge over the weekend as he joined and others on a rapid-response bus tour designed to galvanize opposition in key states.

Categories: Human Rights

Kansas' Tax Cuts Are a Spectacular Failure. Meanwhile, in California

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:35
Tom Steyer

Republican legislators in Kansas did the unthinkable this month: They voted to raise income taxes, ending a painful five-year experiment with an extreme anti-tax agenda introduced by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Categories: Human Rights

Why We Need Four Years of Trump

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:21
Stephen Kinzer

Outrage at President Trump’s behavior and policies is already leading to speculation over whether he will manage to complete his term of office. Speculation over how he might fall is a favorite after-dinner topic. Impeachment, criminal conviction, removal by the Cabinet, resignation, secret coup by deep state intelligence officers — all figure in the guessing game. As Trump intensifies his embrace of foreign tyrants and domestic plutocrats, these guesses take on an aspect of hope. For the growing number of Americans who abhor Trump, the prospect of being rid of him is thrilling.

Categories: Human Rights

Five Months of Trump: The Tipping Point

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:10
Bob Burnett

Five months into the Trump regime, we've reached the tipping point.  It may take more than a year to play out, but the presidency of Donald Trump is coming to an end.  Meantime, congressional Republicans—acknowledging the Administration is running out of runway—have decided to ram through as much toxic legislation as they can while Trump is in the White House.

Categories: Human Rights

Monumental Rubbish: With the Statues Torn Down, What Next for New Orleans?

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 09:31
Adolph Reed Jr.

I’ve been in New Orleans since May 1. I came to visit my mother, who died on May 4, five months shy of her 95th birthday and was buried on May 10. That means I’ve been here through much of this latest round of public cavil over the city’s decision to remove the four most conspicuous monuments to the Confederate insurrection, 1861-1865.

Categories: Human Rights

Ire for Democrat Who Pulled Plug on California's Single-Payer Bill

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:06
Jon Queally, staff writer

Advocates of the single-payer healthcare proposal which has been steadily advancing through the California legislature were voicing outrage and disappointment on Saturday after Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, announced he was pulling the bill from further consideration this year.

Categories: Human Rights

Not Even Our National Monuments Are Safe in Trump’s America

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:30
Mary Sweeters

In the fall of 2002, I spent nearly two weeks backpacking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Fifteen years later, that experience continues to have a lasting impact on me.

Categories: Human Rights

Now Women Know Why the Senate Wrote Their Health Care Bill in Secret

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:23
Sophie Ota

Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before. After weeks of secret negotiations behind closed doors, Senator Mitch McConnell and his exclusively-male health care working group just released a disastrous piece of legislation that would “defund” Planned Parenthood—putting the 2.4 million people who rely on Planned Parenthood for essential health services at risk.

Categories: Human Rights

From Bad to Worse: The GOP Assault on the Nation's Health and Wellbeing

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:09
Tim Koechlin

The US health care system is complicated, for sure. But in some essential and profoundly consequential ways, it’s not complicated at all.   

A few related truths about health care in the US:

The US health care system is (and has long been) wildly inefficient, inequitable and ineffective. The depth of its dysfunction is quite shocking (more on this below). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made the US health care system better.   The Republicans’ repeal and the ACA would make dramatically worse.  

Categories: Human Rights

Party of Disaster: Explaining the Republican Train Wreck

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:36
John Atcheson

OK, let’s not be fair and balanced.  Let’s be honest. And let’s not allow ourselves to start thinking of these last six months as anything like “normal.”

Categories: Human Rights

Mueller v. Trump: The Ultimate Lawsuit

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:23
Steven Harper

Eventually, Trump is likely to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump’s repeated statements about the Russia “hoax” — along with his apparent attempts to influence the FBI’s investigation — warrant a close look at the process by which he could do so. Equally important are the limited ways to stop him.

Categories: Human Rights

The Secret Republican Plan to Unravel Medicaid

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:08
Robert Reich

Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. 

Even worse, it unravels the Medicaid Act of 1965 – which, even before Obamacare, provided health insurance to millions of poor households and elderly.

It’s done with a sleight-of-hand intended to elude not only the public but also the Congressional Budget Office. 

Here’s how the Senate Republican bill does it. The bill sets a per-person cap on Medicaid spending in each state. That cap looks innocent enough because it rises every year with inflation. 

Categories: Human Rights

When the Violence Comes Around...

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:03
Christopher Brauchli

What’s all the shootin’ for?
— George Michael Cohan, The Tavern

Categories: Human Rights

Sentence for "Valve-Turner" Climate Activist Ken Ward: No More Jail Time

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:46
Climate Disobedience Center

Climate activist Ken Ward, the "valve turner" who was arrested and prosecuted for closing the emergency valve on an oil sands pipeline, and who argued in front the jury with considerable success that the urgency of climate change compelled him to act, was sentenced Friday in Skagit County Superior Court in Washington State. His sentence of two days in jail has already been fulfilled.

Categories: Human Rights

Trump's Infrastructure Plan: A Corporate Con by a Corporate Conman

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:37
Garrett Jennings

Despite the constant barrage of racist, sexist, and xenophobic remarks from Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, even his detractors managed to hear--through all that hate speech--his promise to "drain the swamp." Trump tied the noose of Goldman Sachs around Ted Cruz’s neck during the primary and never let anybody forget about Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to big banks during the general election.

Categories: Human Rights

"Trump's Lies": The Collected Works

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:09
Common Dreams staff

In an effort to make sure that people do not become "numb" to the constant lies told by President of the United States Donald Trump, the New York Times has now published, in one convenient place, "nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office."

Compiled by the newspaper's David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson, the catalog was published online Friday and will appear in print over the weekend.

Categories: Human Rights

Jettisoning 'Best Available Science,' Trump Admin. Tosses Out Federal Protections for Yellowstone's Grizzlies

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:42
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Trump administration announced Thursday that the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is losing its endangered species protections—a decision conservation groups say is "flawed and premature" and could make the iconic species the target of trophy hunters.

Categories: Human Rights

Too Hot for Heller: First So-Called "Moderate" Republican Cracks on Senate Trumpcare Plan

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:34
Jon Queally, staff writer

"This bill... is simply not the answer."

Categories: Human Rights

Trump: I Will Defend Medicaid. Also Trump: I Support Bill That Destroys Medicaid.

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:04
Jake Johnson, staff writer

Categories: Human Rights