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Anti-Imperialists Ignore Russia Using Africans as Cannon Fodder

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Vladimir Putin doesn't have enough Russians to maintain the full fury of his barbaric assault on Ukraine, so he is sending African workers and students to the frontlines, threatening the visas of those who won't go.

One must ask why the anti-Israel left, so sensitive to racist practices less obvious than this one, aren't setting up tents and ...Read more

The Verdicts: Trump v. Biden

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The contrasts could not be starker.

Two juries did their jobs: carefully considering overwhelming evidence of guilt and reaching the only verdicts supported by substantial evidence. Against a highly politicized background, and in the face of intense media scrutiny, the criminal justice system worked.

Everything else -- from the reactions to ...Read more

For Release Wednesday, June 12, 2024

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

"Work all night on a drink of rum

Daylight come and me wan' go home

Stack banana till de morning come

Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana

Daylight come and me wan' go home"

The song "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)," made famous by the late, great performer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, ...Read more

The Last Good Republican

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

Finding the last good Republican president was not hard in light of the moving 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the beaches and by the cliffs of Normandy, France.

In military annals, the Allies storming Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944, went down as the most extraordinary land, air and seaborne invasion ever.

American, British ...Read more

There's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly ... and Then Sam Alito

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Sam Alito is so ugly that he can't even see his ugliness.

I don't mean looks, but the deep inner ugliness of character that keeps oozing from this so-called "supreme" judge. Start with the unabashed lies he told senators to win his lifetime appointment to America's powerfully undemocratic judicial branch. Lie No. 1 was his promise not to mess...Read more

Wait, so Jim Crow Was a Good Period for Blacks in America? Could Have Fooled Me

From the Left / Clarence Page /

’Tis the season for Donald Trump to audition potential running mates while the rest of us speculate on who the lucky winner will be.

The trial by political fire was on full display last week as the entire Democratic Party establishment seemed to rise up and pile on Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, whom multiple news outlets have put on Trump’...Read more

Proud Boys on the Left: One Side's Nuts Show the Other Side's Nuts How It's Done

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The Proud Boys are synonymous with the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, and they've earned the infamy. The group played a lead role in organizing the breaching of Capitol Police lines, smashing windows, vandalizing the Capitol's interior and destroying property. It specializes in street violence, calling to mind the Nazi Brownshirts of ...Read more

How the Little Guys Lose Under Trump's Tax Plan

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The late Sen. John McCain didn't much like Obamacare, but in 2018, the Arizona Republican pulled it out from under then-President Donald Trump's hatchet. Why? Because McCain saw the "skinny repeal" measure as a sneaky attempt to eviscerate the health coverage of little guys to free up money for tax cuts favoring the wealthy.

Hold that thought...Read more

Trump on Immigration: Tearing Apart Immigrant Families, Communities and the Fabric of Our Nation

From the Left / ACLU /

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has promised to pursue even more extreme anti-immigrant policies if he wins a second term. These policies would disregard fundamental principles of democracy and the rule of law to devastate immigrant communities and erode freedoms for all Americans.

The ACLU is prepared to hold our executive branch to ...Read more

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It’s Not Too Late to Harden American Democracy Against Trump

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

As usual, Trump signals what he’s planning to do before he does it.

He’s already signaled that he won’t accept the results of the 2024 election if he loses. Since announcing his candidacy, he has cast doubt on the fairness of the 2024 election on average once a day (according to an analysis by The New York Times).

As he did before the ...Read more

Trump Rants About Abortion

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was one of those rants that would disqualify a normal candidate. Speaking to Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, Donald Trump took off on abortion, saying things that are flat-out untrue and mouthing opinions entirely out of the mainstream. Most of the media ignored it, Trump being Trump.

"It's a beautiful thing to watch," Trump said of ...Read more

In Court, We're All Abused Like Donald Trump

From the Left / Ted Rall /

At any given time, millions of Americans are involved in either a criminal case or civil lawsuit at some level of the local, state or federal court system. Very few people reach the end of their lives without encountering judges and juries charged with determining the fate of their freedom and savings accounts.

For most people, the legal system...Read more

Why Trump Republicans Want to Destroy The FBI

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ever since Richard Nixon demanded "law and order" while overseeing what America later discovered to be an enormous criminal conspiracy, that Republican slogan has sounded ironic and faintly ridiculous.

Now, with their party firmly in the grip of former President Donald Trump -- a Nixon admirer, a convicted felon and soon to be the 2024 ...Read more

What Captures My Attention Versus the Decision To Train My Focus

Walking home from day camp with my son, I was on a mission. I wanted to hurry home and get dinner started. But when we took the shortcut through the grassy area near the dead-end street, my son stopped cold. "Mom, look!" He pointed to a small blue butterfly, noticing the dots under its folded wings. It sat on a clover flower and looked to be ...Read more

Getting Us Cheap

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

A few years ago, if you were making just a breath over $20 an hour, you could consider yourself lower-middle class if your husband made at least as much. You had your Valentine's Day dinner at Applebee's, but both your cars ran. In some sections of the country, you were middle-class.

Of course, you said you were middle-class, and you say it ...Read more

Oval Office: Convicted Felons Need Not Apply

From the Left / Bill Press /

“My fellow Americans.” I’ve always been impressed when the President of the United States, began a speech from the Oval Office with that phrase. Because it meant that he was talking to all of us, regardless of party, about an issue that was so important all of us needed to take it seriously.

Think of John F. Kennedy, warning the nation ...Read more

Biden Finds Muscle on Securing the Border

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Heaven knows, President Joe Biden's early mixed messages on the border have been a frustration for many supporters, as well as gift to the other side. One of his missteps early on was to ease the process for claiming asylum.

Predictably, a surge of migrants entering illegally ensued. Some genuinely needed refuge. But masses used the lax rules...Read more

RFK Jr. Does Not Belong on the Debate Stage

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

With the deadline quickly approaching for him to qualify for the June CNN presidential debate, RFK Jr. has yet to meet the commonsense qualifications that CNN has set for participants. Which is at it should be. He doesn't belong on the stage. His candidacy is at best a distraction and at worst a spoiler. What it most certainly is not is a ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Hearing Gave Us Politics at its Most Paranoid

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As American politics have become more polarized in the era of former President Donald Trump’s MAGA movement, we also hear it sound more paranoid.

The dueling scandals of Trump’s hush-money trial in New York, where he was found guilty on all 34 felony counts, and the beginning of Hunter Biden’s trial on three felony gun charges in Delaware...Read more

A Grave Moment in History

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

The Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol was the worst day of my life. I was inside the besieged building, and there was no telling how it would end.

Jan. 6 was the best day of former President Donald Trump's life.

The man enjoyed every moment of the storming violence done in his name. He incited the throng of 30,000, directing them to the ...Read more