The US Senate just passed a $700 billion defense policy bill that experts fear could provoke another destructive arms race. The bill exceeds Trump's military funding request by several billions and authorizes new spending for nuclear weapons programs, including $65 million for a cruise missile that could derail the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
Slowly, like an image emerging in a photographer's darkroom, the basis of a different economy is beginning to appear. It might be called a "Pluralist Commonwealth" in its bringing together of different forms of democratic ownership, from neighborhood to community to region and beyond.
Immigrant and labor rights are tied together and you cannot have one without the other, says George Miranda, president of New York's Teamsters Joint Council 16. Following the expedited deportation of a union leader with a 26-year work history and no criminal record, Teamsters resolved to refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities and to proactively protect undocumented workers in the union.
In our ongoing saga of Detroit's property tax foreclosure crisis as it relates to the historic Junction district, we see how a perfect storm of bad housing policies gave one homeowner serious cause for concern: the demolition of his foreclosed home while people were still inside.
Most people in the US have long held private health insurers in low regard, but lately they have been joined by several prominent business leaders. With health care costs significantly affecting their bottom line, businesses have started to question the value of a health system that makes them less competitive, and many are voicing support for a government-run, single-payer system.
When Jane Horton bought her dream 800-square-foot farmhouse in 1975, she thought little of the semiconductor manufacturing plant across the street. Even after the company's buildings were demolished and a chain-link fence went up around the campus, she still had no knowledge of the toxic dangers lurking beneath her feet -- let alone of the fact that they were invading her home.
Rather than wait for a Big Pharma-controlled president and Congress to provide relief on exploitative drug pricing, states should follow Maryland's example. Using grassroots organizing, Maryland residents were successful in pressuring state legislators to pass HB 631.
Lawyers are arguing that Trump's pardon of racist sheriff Joe Arpaio violated due process and separation of powers. Will a federal district court judge dismiss Arpaio's contempt conviction or will she declare the pardon unconstitutional?
Although Trump has yet to reveal his plan for tax reform, he and the GOP have made it clear that it will involve tax cuts for the super-rich, paired with cuts in much-needed social services for the poor and vulnerable. Besides being totally devoid of compassion, the plan defies logic and empirical evidence on what really makes the economy grow.
There I was, minding my own business, and the postal service brings me a letter seeking to give me the means to kill every living soul in my small town three times over. It was an NRA sweepstakes form with a special bonus prize: an assault rifle and 7,200 rounds of ammunition. The letter proclaimed these guns essential for the survival of "our heritage." I want no part of the NRA's heritage.
The United States is a plutocratic disaster. In this exclusive interview for Truthout, renowned political scientist Larry Bartels, author of the already classic work Unequal Democracy, provides a sweeping look at the state of our dysfunctional society.
As the threat of nuclear war triggers anxiety not seen since the Cold War, peace groups and those committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons are entering the public debate with renewed calls for dialogue and a reduction in nuclear arsenals in both North Korea and the US.