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If left unchecked, Trump will obliterate the right to asylum

Since his inauguration, Donald Trump has effectuated 600 unilateral changes in immigration policy, more than any president in recent memory.

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Why Iran had every right to shoot down that drone

The New York Times is reporting that on June 20, President Trump ordered military strikes against Iran to retaliate for its shootdown of a U.S. drone, but then pulled back and didn’t launch them. Officials told the Times that Trump had approved attacks on Iranian radar and missile batteries.

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Why everyone is running for president: It’s a billion-dollar industry

Because this is the future, running for president of the United States is now a fantastic way to rake in the bucks, whether or not you’ve got that name recognition thing going for you. If you don’t, whatever, CNN and MSNBC need to fill all 24 hours with programming because Andy Warhol was right. If you hold an elected office — or have lots of money already — and declare your candidacy, fear not: Wolf Blitzer’s hair will be calling you for an interview before the echo fades.

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Indigenous Asylum Seekers Are Facing Language Barriers at the Border

When Norma finally reached the United States after more than a month-and-a-half of journeying from Guatemala with her 5-year-old son, the very same fear that had compelled her to flee home in the first place ended up happening anyway: Her child was taken from her — not by the Guatemalan men who had threatened just that, but by US border agents.

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Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats' Hypocrisy in the Trump Era

After 18 months of Trump in the White House, American politics finds itself at a crossroads. The United States has moved unmistakably toward a novel form of fascism that serves exclusively corporate interests and the military, while promoting at the same time a highly reactionary social agenda infused with religious and crude nationalistic overtones, all with an uncanny touch of political showmanship. In this exclusive Truthout interview, world-renowned linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky analyzes some of the latest developments in Trumpistan and their consequences for democracy and world order.

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Today’s Capitalism Is a Far Cry From What It Was Intended to Be

Capitalism is among the most controversial politico-economic terms to define, in part because myriad variations of “capitalism” have emerged throughout the centuries.

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It's Time to Abolish ICE - Trump's Child Separation Policy Demands Action

The best way to stop the horrific separation of children from their families at the border is to pay attention to what is happening to their parents.

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Father’s Day Under Trump: A Grotesque Exercise in the Destruction of Families

His name was Marco Antonio Muñoz, he was 39 years old, and he was a father.

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Ohio’s Dirty Postcard Trick Led the Supreme Court to Approve Jim Crow Voter Purge

Monday’s Supreme Court decision blessing Ohio’s removal of half a million voters was ultimately decided on the issue of a postcard.

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The False Choice Between Jailing Children and Separating Families

The Trump administration is giving Congress an ultimatum: overturn legal limits on the incarceration of children and expand family detention, or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to separate families who illegally cross the border.

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The Dangers of Conflating Anti-Zionism With Anti-Semitism

Recently, Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at the Forward, wrote an article about the “failings” of intersectionality, and the specific “failing” of the left to include anti-Semitism in its analysis of oppressions. She also makes claims that opposing the inclusion of Zionism in social justice movements means the exclusion of Jews.

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State’s Rights Bill on Marijuana Threatens to Divide Trump Administration

Lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would end federal marijuana prohibition in states that have legalized cannabis products for medical and recreational use. President Trump has previously indicated that he would support such a bill, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the Justice Department and one of his least favorite employees: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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'Labor Flexibility': Misleading Unemployment Numbers Are Part of a Neoliberal Ruse

Poverty is deepening and the standard of living is declining in the US, even as the national unemployment rate has hit historically low levels. Meanwhile, wages remain stagnant and inequality is worsening with every passing year. What explains this anomalous state of the US economy, and what can be done about it? In this exclusive interview with Truthout, economist Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, analyzes the perverse and extreme nature of the neoliberal economic landscape in the US.

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Noam Chomsky’s Political Analysis Comes to Life in Graphic Novel

What was the importance of the Occupy Movement? What lessons does it hold for future activism? What is the importance of solidarity movements? Truthout interviewed Jeffrey Wilson about the answers to these questions that he learned from Noam Chomsky.

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Trump Peddles False Hope to the Terminally Ill With 'Right to Try' Law

With the latest revelations about his soured relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions dominating cable news and accounts of migrant children ripped from their mothers’ arms under “zero-tolerance” immigration policies trickling in from the southern US border, President Donald Trump was eager to sign so-called Right to Try legislation on Wednesday and declare a victory for the White House.

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Trump Supports Another Racist March

Donald Trump recently tweeted his support for the Chicago police who marched on May 23 in protest outside Chicago’s City Hall, saying, “The Chicago Police have every right to legally protest against the mayor and an administration that won’t let them do their job.” Trump claimed that killings are occurring at a record pace in Chicago, and that “tough police work” would restore order quickly, if only Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would allow it. In reality, 198 people have been killed in Chicago in 2018 — which amounts to 46 fewer murders than the city had seen by the same date last year. But while the country may be accustomed to Trump firing off falsehoods with abandon, some may be surprised to hear that the Chicago police, whose high-profile brutality has launched countless protests, have themselves become protesters. So, what was going on in Chicago? And what exactly was President Trump endorsing when he sent that tweet?

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How Do You Get Off the US 'Kill List'?

After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration created a secret "kill list" to step up the targeting of alleged terrorists for assassination. The criteria for inclusion on the list have apparently morphed over three presidential administrations, yet they remain elusive.

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The Cost of War at the End of an Empire

Picador Publishing recently released a 40th anniversary edition of Philip Caputo's Vietnam masterpiece, A Rumor of War. I was happy to purchase a copy, having read my original copy to tatters some 30 years ago in my ongoing quest to better understand my oft-inscrutable father, and to better understand the war that left such a deep, damaging mark on him.

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Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump and the 'Me First' Doctrine

President Trump's sudden cancellation of the upcoming denuclearization summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just the latest example of Trump's wildly erratic approach to foreign policy.

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How to Replace Neoliberalism With a Caring Economy

In her timely book No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, Naomi Klein calls on us to resist President Trump and the turn to reactionary-right politics in the US. She also reminds us that, even if we succeed, we will still be left with the conditions that gave rise to Trumpism in the first place. We've got to do more than resist Trump. She calls us to change the neoliberal paradigm that has guided (or rather, misguided) public and private life for the last four decades in the United States and much of the rest of the world. This is no small challenge, but without a new way forward, life will become increasingly unlivable. 

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You Have to Tackle White Nationalist Institutions to Fight the Far Right - Their Publications, Nonprofits and 'Think Tanks'

"If there was a rattlesnake in my friend's backyard, I'd sure go tell them," Tennessee resident and Navy veteran Paul Adams told Truthout. He said that's why he showed up to protest an annual conference hosted by the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance this April in Burns, Tennessee.

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A CIA Coup Set the Stage for the Conflict With Iran

Before the theocratic government of today's Iran, there was the brutal Shah. Before the Shah, the CIA overthrew a pro-Western government that had been democratically elected. Mohammad Mossadegh was the prime minister and his US-backed downfall in 1953 was the spark that set in motion the conflict with Iran today. In this interview, Medea Benjamin sheds light on this seminal incident with Iran. She also explores the nation's history and politics.

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BP's Toxic Gulf Coast Legacy: When Covering Up a Crime Takes Precedence Over Human Health

On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Over the next 87 days, it gushed at least 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst human-made environmental disaster in US history and afflicting the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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Can We Create a New Politics With Spiritual and Intellectual Integrity?

It's become a truism, a cliché, to point out something truly remarkable: Human civilization is in the midst of an existential crisis. The ecology of the living Earth -- long pushed beyond its sustainable capacities -- has issued a near-future-stamped "change-or-face-eviction" notice to humankind. Meanwhile, many other human systems -- social, political and cultural -- are simultaneously in crisis. Economic inequality is becoming ever more grotesque. And culture wars over injustice, racism, homophobia and sexism are rapidly intensifying. These are the political crises we collectively recognize.

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Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What Went Wrong in the 2016 Presidential Election in Brand New Interview

Noam Chomsky is an exceptionally influential figure. Author of well over 100 books (as well as many articles, letters, speeches and interviews) published over the past 60 years, Chomsky is integral to cognitive science, modern linguistics, philosophy, mass media criticism and political analysis -- especially of US foreign policy, the military-industrial complex, capitalism and imperialism. Chomsky is a defender of free speech and is one of the most cited authors.

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Redistricting and the 2018 Elections: Can Democrats Stop the GOP's Winning Streak?

The four states that held primaries last night for the coming 2018 elections -- OhioIndianaNorth Carolina and West Virginia -- are overwhelmingly controlled by the GOP. Republicans control all eight state legislative bodies within them, with 396 Republican state legislators compared with 189 Democrats. Three of the four states are Republican trifectas, meaning the GOP controls their governorships in addition to all of their legislative bodies.

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Black Nationalist Women and Global Visions of Freedom

The #MeToo movement in the United States is one of the contemporary expressions of women's political power and evidence of women's commitment to dismantling systems of oppression that give rise to sexual harassment and assault. The fact that a Black woman founded the movement is not surprising; especially considering the crucial role Black women have always played in shaping US and global politics.

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Red State Rebellion: Inside the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

What started in West Virginia is now rippling across the country, as fed-up teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky are finding their footing and walking out for pay increases and fully funded schools.

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To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy, Let's Work to End Racial Capitalism

April 4 marks the historic 50th anniversary since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. At this time, it is vital to highlight the fact that King understood the depth of state violence, noting the violent effects of government policy in many spheres.

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I Am Buried Alive in a Michigan Prison

Risking understatement, I am buried alive inside Michigan's Marquette Maximum Security Prison. I am locked in a windowless cell measuring 10x8 feet, 24 hours per day. For one hour every other day, I am handcuffed, chained around the waist and allowed exercise and a shower in a small cage. I am not allowed to interact with others, or to participate in any educational, vocational, or employment programs. All meals are delivered to the cell. I have no access to a phone. And while I am permitted two, one hour non-contact visits per month -- always conducted through glass -- Marquette is 455 miles away from my hometown of Detroit. Opportunities to visit family and friends are rare.

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