Sunday, January 29, 2023

Tag: politics

Four Score and Seven Years Ago… at Disney World

Have we been living in a futuristic science fiction novel through the most bizarre American century yet? Tom Engelhardt discusses the demobilization of the American people and the spectacle of the 2016 elections.

How Much ‘Free Speech’ Can You Buy?

Mega-rich families and the corporations they control have bought more than a million dollars' worth of "free" speech in this so called "democratic" election process. It's time we get Big Money out of our political system.

Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing...

Tony Blair continues with his half-hearted apologies on the inception of the Iraq War. He has never actually apologized for breaking international law by launching a war of aggression. But will this cause him to be lynched by the public and the media?

VIDEO: 'Everybody Is a Suspect:' European Rights Chief on Edward Snowden's...

In a new campaign to establish global privacy standards, Edward Snowden along with others proposed the International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers. Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, discusses the treaty.

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Director’s Hacked Emails

So many top U.S. intelligence officials are unable to maintain basic security over sensitive data with the most recent hacked private email account of CIA Director John Brennan. Are these hackers confirming that the wrong people have been leading this country for far too long?

My Pick for the Next Speaker of the US House

While the Speaker of the House doesn't actually have to be a member of Congress, why don't we choose someone like a kindergarten teacher, a minimum-wage worker, or organic farmer to run the show? They might be exactly who is needed.

AUSTERITY 101: The Three Reasons Republican Deficit Hawks Are Wrong (Video)

As Congress debates another federal budget deficit, the national debt and the debt ceiling, here are three reasons why the Republican deficit hawks are wrong and the one economically sound answer to the problem.

License Politicians: Better Late Than Never

Politics remains a glaring, backward exception to a complex, modern culture that rightly demands top credentials for top jobs: any buffoon struts into high political office and commandeers god-like powers over life and death.

Things Like Ted Cruz’s Threat to Kill Iran’s Ayatollah Are Why...

Decades of American dirty tricks and plots against the Iranian people might be the main reason why Iranians don’t trust the U.S. And Ted Cruz confirmed that on Friday at the Value Voters Summit conference.

Papal Stardom: Triumph of Upbeat Humanism, Skirting Dogma-Driven Culture Wars

The Pope Francis whirlwind has wowed the West with an upbeat Christian humanism. Yet the Pope doesn't come without major contradictions—Is his urge for reform “outside” the church not matching up with that on his home turf?

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The one thing that would make elections better for everyone 

Ranked choice voting makes elections less painful, less expensive, and can help make our government more inclusive and responsive to what people actually want.

US follows Germany’s lead to send battle tanks to Ukraine

The U.S. agreed to send 31 tanks, and Germany agreed to 14.

Simply PFAS: Lawsuit claims ‘all natural’ orange juice brand contains toxic forever chemicals

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a growing concern because of the many health impacts associated with exposure and their tendency to persist in the human body for months to years and in the environment for thousands of years.

What can the United States bring to the peace table for Ukraine?

The United States bears its share of responsibility for this crisis that is destroying Ukraine and placing the world in "unprecedented danger," as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' new Doomsday Clock statement calls it.

Why union workers are a first line of defense to protect Social Security

Is the Republican plan to move the goalposts on those already paying into Social Security going to force younger Americans to work themselves into the grave?