OPINION: WHO, South Africa Urge Nations To Lift 'Naive' Omicron Travel Bans
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OPINION: WHO, South Africa Urge Nations To Lift 'Naive' Omicron Travel Bans

The World Health Organization on Sunday echoed calls by South Africa’s president for countries to eschew travel bans targeting southern Africans amid the spread of the heavily mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus.”The cat’s already out of the bag, so to speak.””Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of Covid-19 but…

OPINION: Death In Texas
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OPINION: Death In Texas

Texas once again demonstrates that it can show the rest of the country the way and is now doing so at considerable expense to itself, by arguing a death penalty case in the United States Supreme Court.Prospective decedents need not hold their breaths waiting for a result. The only thing more interesting than the result…

OPINION: EU Joins Rights Group In Condemning Israel's 'Day Of Destruction' Of Palestinian Homes
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OPINION: EU Joins Rights Group In Condemning Israel's 'Day Of Destruction' Of Palestinian Homes

The European Union on Friday joined a prominent Israeli human rights group in condemning last week’s demolition of multiple homes in occupied East Jerusalem, an illegal action that displaced 22 Palestinians including 15 children.”We reiterate our call to halt demolitions and any other unlawful practices that coerce Palestinians out of their homes,” the European Union…

OPINION: Jogging In Broad Daylight Should Not Be A Death Sentence
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OPINION: Jogging In Broad Daylight Should Not Be A Death Sentence

On Monday, closing arguments began in the trial of the three white Georgia men who shot down Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man for the apparent crime of jogging while Black.Arbery, a former high school star athlete, stayed in shape by jogging.On that fateful day, jogging in broad daylight in Satilla Shores, Arbery was spotted…

OPINION – Take Their Guns. The US Would Be A Less Dangerous Place
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OPINION – Take Their Guns. The US Would Be A Less Dangerous Place

Expect the gun control debate in America to really get hot over the next 12 months as Beto O’Rourke runs for governor of Texas. O’Rourke said, when running for president in 2019, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”And it’s entirely time for this debate. America has just a bit more than…

OPINION – It’s International Food Workers Week – Support Organizing That Centers Those Who Feed Us
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OPINION – It’s International Food Workers Week – Support Organizing That Centers Those Who Feed Us

Every year, the Food Chain Workers Alliance marks International Food Workers Week in November. As peoples’ thoughts turn to holiday feasts, it’s a time to recognize the labor that people working from field to factory contribute to feeding the world. What started as an awareness campaign in 2012 by organized food and farmworkers leveraging end-of-year…

OPINION: The Corporate Demolition Of Our Pillars Of Freedom
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OPINION: The Corporate Demolition Of Our Pillars Of Freedom

The disposition of the Boeing manslaughtering of 346 trusting passengers and crew in the 737 MAX crashes (Indonesia – 2018 and Ethiopia – 2019) further weakens the system of tort law and individual pursuits of justice after wrongful deaths.Federal District Court Judge in Chicago, Jorge L. Alonso, couldn’t even wait for the scheduled hearing by…

OPINION : The GOP’s Redistricting Loophole
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OPINION : The GOP’s Redistricting Loophole

The once-a-decade redrawing of legislative and congressional maps is still in its early phases, but a concerted Republican tactic for defending racially discriminatory maps is already clear. And thanks to a 2019 Supreme Court decision greenlighting partisan gerrymandering, they may just get away with it.Racial discrimination is illegal. Partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court has said,…

OPINION – Think Tank Funded By The Weapons Industry Presses Biden Not To Regulate Military Contractors’ Emissions
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OPINION – Think Tank Funded By The Weapons Industry Presses Biden Not To Regulate Military Contractors’ Emissions

The Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think tank, is publicly opposing a new Biden administration regulation that would force the weapons industry to report its greenhouse gas emissions related to federal contracts. It turns out the Heritage Foundation also receives significant funding from the weapons industry, which makes the case worth examining — because it reveals how the arms…

OPINION: Digging For Peace–Resisting Nuclear Weapons
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OPINION: Digging For Peace–Resisting Nuclear Weapons

On Wednesday, October 20, I joined “Vrede Scheppen,” “Create Peace,” about 25 peace activists from the Netherlands, Germany and Austria at the airbase at Volkel, Netherlands, making a plea for an end to nuclear weapons. This base is home to two Dutch F16 fighter wings and the United States Air Force 703rd Munitions Support Squadron.…

OPINION: Sinema Digs In On Filibuster Defense Amid GOP’s Assault On Voting Rights
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OPINION: Sinema Digs In On Filibuster Defense Amid GOP’s Assault On Voting Rights

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is refusing to budge from her vow to uphold the archaic legislative filibuster as congressional Democrats and the White House attempt to chart a path forward for their faltering voting rights agenda amid the GOP’s nationwide—and intensifying—assault on the franchise.In recent months, Senate Republicans have used the 60-vote filibuster rule…

OPINION – “Now Fire DeJoy”: Joe Biden Moves To Replace Trump-Picked Postal Board Members
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OPINION – “Now Fire DeJoy”: Joe Biden Moves To Replace Trump-Picked Postal Board Members

President Joe Biden won applause Friday for moving to replace Ron Bloom and John Barger, two members of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors who’ve shown unwavering loyalty to scandal-plagued Postmaster General Louis DeJoy even as he’s dramatically worsened mail delivery performance.”It’s affirmatively good to remove Bloom and Barger from the board, men who…

OPINION: ‘Victory Of Global Significance’: Modi To Repeal Laws That Sparked Year-Long Farmers’ Revolt
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OPINION: ‘Victory Of Global Significance’: Modi To Repeal Laws That Sparked Year-Long Farmers’ Revolt

Workers’ rights activists around the globe rejoiced on Friday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government will repeal three corporate-friendly agricultural laws that the nation’s farmers have steadfastly resisted for more than a year.”We will wait for the day when the farm laws are repealed in Parliament.”The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a…

OPINION: ‘Saddening, Infuriating, And Utterly Unsurprising’: Rittenhouse Acquitted
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OPINION: ‘Saddening, Infuriating, And Utterly Unsurprising’: Rittenhouse Acquitted

Racial justice advocates reacted with outrage and a complete lack of surprise Friday after a Kenosha, Wisconsin jury found Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges for killing two men and wounding a third during a 2020 protest against the police shooting of Jacob Blake, with some observers asserting that the verdict encourages…

OPINION: Biden Applauded For Reversing Trump Assault On ‘Priceless’ Tongass National Forest
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OPINION: Biden Applauded For Reversing Trump Assault On ‘Priceless’ Tongass National Forest

Environmental protection groups on Friday applauded the United States Department of Agriculture’s proposal to reinstate a 20-year-old rule protecting North America’s largest temperate rainforest, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska—which climate scientists say plays a crucial role in keeping carbon from entering the atmosphere.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the administration plans to restore the Roadless…

OPINION: ‘We Need To Get Our Priorities Right’: Bernie Sanders A ‘No’ On $778 Billion Pentagon Budget Vote
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OPINION: ‘We Need To Get Our Priorities Right’: Bernie Sanders A ‘No’ On $778 Billion Pentagon Budget Vote

On Tuesday, the eve of a likely U.S. Senate vote on the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would vote against the legislation because it enriches the military-industrial complex at the expense of desperately needed social programs and climate action.”Meanwhile, the Senate has spent month after month discussing the Build Back…

OPINION: Climate Emergency, Vaccine Monopolies, And Fiscal Blindness: The Fight Against Inequality Is The Only Way Out
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OPINION: Climate Emergency, Vaccine Monopolies, And Fiscal Blindness: The Fight Against Inequality Is The Only Way Out

2021 will perhaps be remembered as the year when the great powers demonstrated their inability to assume their responsibilities to prevent the world from sinking into the abyss. I am thinking of course of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. After having used up the available atmospheric space to develop, the…

OPINION: 100+ Global Donors Pen Letter To ‘Stand With’ Palestinian Rights Groups Outlawed By Israel
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OPINION: 100+ Global Donors Pen Letter To ‘Stand With’ Palestinian Rights Groups Outlawed By Israel

More than 100 global philanthropic foundations and individual donors on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of human rights advocates who have condemned Israel for its recent decision to label six prominent Palestinian civil society groups as “terrorist organizations,” and stressed that the apartheid regime’s move will not affect their funding decisions.”The cynical weaponization of anti-terrorism laws…

OPINION: Cubans Are More Excited About School Reopening Than Regime Change
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OPINION: Cubans Are More Excited About School Reopening Than Regime Change

“If you build it, they will come,” said Kevin Costner in the Field of Dreams. In Cuba, they didn’t come. Dissidents on the island, with their U.S. backers, had been working feverishly for months to turn the unprecedented July 11 protests into a crescendo of government opposition on November 15. They built a formidable structure,…

OPINION: The People Vs. COP26: Time For Politicians, Billionaires To Listen
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OPINION: The People Vs. COP26: Time For Politicians, Billionaires To Listen

Of all the speeches and political grandstanding at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), the words of Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, were the most profound and least hypocritical.Lopez Obrador raged against the “technocrats and neoliberals”—world leaders who hold the future of humanity in their hands. This was a direct…

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