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Suspend Those Vaccine Patents Now

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Images of the uncontrolled pandemic in India or Brazil may seem too distant to worry us in America, separated as we are by thousands of miles and decades of development. But any such complacency is badly misplaced. Raging contagion poses an existential threat to us, whether abroad or at home, and can only be stanched by an emergency ...Read more

How to Survive a Global Pandemic

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Well before Joe Biden marked the end of his first hundred days as president, his administration doubled the goal of 100 million vaccinations he set at the beginning. His government's performance suggests that we can eventually temper the hesitancy among certain populations -- notably white males who watch too much Fox News -- on our way to ...Read more

How to Exit the Forever War

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The courage of President Biden's decision to bring our troops home from Afghanistan should not be underestimated. But neither should that withdrawal be mistaken for the end of the "forever war" that the United States and its NATO allies have endured there for so long. We will leave, but the Afghans aren't going anywhere -- and our ...Read more

The Proof of Bad Faith in Georgia

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For anyone not paying close attention to the furor over Georgia's election laws, Republican leaders are offering benign sound bites that are almost believable.

Gov. Brian Kemp will explain how the new law provides additional days for early voting, provisions to prevent long waiting lines and extra ballot drop boxes in certain counties. He ...Read more

Saving Roads and Bridges -- and Democracy Itself

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Talking about the challenges faced by the United States and its allies in a world always ambivalent about democracy, President Joe Biden said a few words the other day that bear directly on his own confrontation with authoritarian forces at home. What he aimed to explain is more important than any specific aspect of his infrastructure proposal...Read more

Behind the 'Crisis' at the Border

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The frightening story of a "crisis" at the U.S. border with Mexico, with an "overwhelming surge" of destitute and possibly disease-bearing humans, is now repeated constantly by Republicans and their eager echoes in the mainstream media. But what interest beyond partisanship is served by that narrative? What would serve us all far better is to ...Read more

How to Truly Honor Dr. Seuss

From the Left / Joe Conason /

It is hard to imagine anything more exhausting than the constant indignation of so-called conservatives, who somehow sustain a state of rigid, barking anger over the state of American culture. To them, every advance for human rights represents the imminent end of civilization, and every small effort to assuage historical injuries signals the ...Read more

Republicans Will Try to Kill Bipartisan Probe

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Despite all the lamentations over the Republican Party -- the respectable party that supposedly existed before you-know-who ruined everything -- it would be more honest to admit that the Grand Old Party wasn't so grand even way back when.

To take one timely example, Republicans have always resisted investigation of their leadership failures, ...Read more

They Fear Trump More Than They Love America

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Despite the compelling facts and arguments mustered by the House impeachment managers during their presentation to the Senate, it is depressingly clear that Donald Trump almost certainly will escape conviction for encouraging, inciting, allowing and then praising his mob's assault on the U.S. Capitol.

A courageous handful of Republican ...Read more



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