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‘This Is Not a Time for False Equivalence’

This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode.

Anti-Progressive Trump Agenda Could Backfire

US Acts Against People and Planet Make the Era of Transformation More Likely

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program

With regard to international WMD non-proliferation conventions, Israel has either not become a signatory of these conventions or has yet to ratify them.

Tom Engelhardt | Mapping a World from Hell: 76 Countries Are Now Involved in Washington’s War on Terror 

The Costs of War Project has produced not just a map of the war on terror, 2015-2017 (released at TomDispatch with this article), but the first map of its kind ever. It offers an astounding vision of Washington’s counterterror wars across the globe…

A Whitened Media Shaped by Bill Clinton’s Telecom Act Misses Reasons for Hillary’s Defeat

The media’s current preoccupation with all things Russian, when the far more imminent threat is much closer to home, represents what is known as “cognitive dissonance,” which in the U.S. manifests as the white settlers’ reflexive attempt to rationalize their own savagery to avoid unsettling and even traumatizing truths. by Jon Jeter  Mint Press News  January […]

Henry Giroux | Trump’s attack on democracy will fail

Trump hopes to “dismantle all aspects of American democracy,” says radical thinker. But resistance can defeat him.

Chris Hedges Q and A “Fascism in the Age of Trump” (Video)

I am obviously for nonviolence but I am for noncooperation and obstruction of those forces that are trying without exaggeration trying to kill us.

Chris Hedges | The Visionless Society

“Can there be a democracy when you don’t have a competitive electoral system?” he asked. “No. Can there be a democracy when people who come in second win the election? No. Can there be a democracy when it’s tougher to get on the ballot than in any other Western country in the world by an order of magnitude? No. Can there be a democracy when money rules? And not just the money that politicians raise, but the third-party money. No. Can there be a democracy when people have no influence on the military budget? No. It’s not subjected to hearings. It’s ratified on the floor of the House and Senate, but it doesn’t go through the appropriations process.

The Nation’s 2017 Progressive Honor Roll

“The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Here are some of the progressives who bent the arc in 2017.

J20 “Not Guilty” Verdict Deals Blow to Trump Admin and Shows the Power of Collective Defense

A defendant on why dissenters everywhere should feel emboldened by the outcome of the first trial.

Chris Hedges | The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat

Those who speak in the language of truth and fact are attacked as liars, traitors and purveyors of “fake news.”

Whither the Anti-war Movement?

The duopoly succumbed to the war machine, while organized resistance got pushed to the fringe.

After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’–Not Violation of International Law

The American “recognition” of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital further entrenches and condones Israel’s occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestinian land.

Russia or Corporate Tax Cuts: Which Would Comcast Rather MSNBC Cover?

MSNBC is a hopped-up Cold War cover band, and its two lead singers are Maddow and Hayes.

Take Action: Political Expression Is Not A Conspiracy

Tell The DOJ To Drop The Charges Now!  

Chris Hedges |”Fascism in the Age of Trump”

“Collective self-delusion…”

How Trump Brought the Political Media Class to Its Knees

For the American public, trying to make sense of the most disruptive moment in American politics since Vietnam and Watergate, little is accomplished.
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The political media has failed to reckon with its biggest, most enduring challenge, which it has nothing to do with revenue or audience growth or cord-cutters. The political press is facing a crisis of substance—and it’s not just poisoning the public’s perception of journalism, it’s playing right into Trump’s hands.

Henry Giroux | Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

Trump has sucked all of the oxygen out of democracy and has put in play a culture and mode of politics that kills empathy, wallows in cruelty and fear and mutilates democratic ideals.

Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump on Syrian Attack?

… the problem really comes from Washington’s longtime strategy of coercing U.N. organizations into becoming propaganda arms for U.S. geopolitical strategies.

Trump and Democrats Misread Mandates — Robert Parry

Whatever one thinks about white working-class voters who favored Trump, calling people gullible is not an effective way to woo back a voting bloc that already feels insulted and alienated.