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Political cartoonist Thomas Nast's 1871 depiction of New York City's Boss Tweed, an inspiration for today's elite political class.

The Political Elite vs Bernie

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Bernie Sanders stands alone now, save for his grassroots army, and facing him are the politically elite of the Democratic Party, both black and white, Wall Street, and the corporate media. By Joseph B Atkins, Labor South — Back at the beginning of the 20th century, muckraking journalist Charles Edward Russell noticed how U.S. senators, as a political class, all seemed to look alike. “Well-fed and portly gentlemen, almost nobody…

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Elizabeth Warren

International Women’s Day Reminds Us That Women Who Lead Get Things Done

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By PoliticusUSA — International Women’s Day is on Sunday. It will remind us that women who lead get things done. This is true even if at the moment in America, election to the presidency remains an unbreakable glass ceiling. This past week, we saw two great women, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, suspend their presidential campaigns. This means that glass ceiling remains intact and it means that even before a…

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Bernie Sanders

A Sobering Setback for Bernie

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By Ted Glick — There are silver linings to the February 29-March 3 political tsunami that vaulted Joe Biden ahead of Bernie Sanders, and the race is far from over, but the Super Tuesday results are disappointing for Bernie. A real bummer. What are some of the silver linings? -It looks like billionaire mogul Bloomberg is either done as a candidate or is on his way out sooner or later….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Lifting and Holding Up Heaven: Women’s and Men’s Work in the World

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is a fundamental tenet of Kawaida philosophy that practice proves and makes possible everything, that is to say, practice brings it into being, makes it real, relevant and worthy of the name and quality it claims, whether it is love or life, parenting or peace, teaching or learning, art or ethics, science, religion or righteous resistance. And so, in this month of March which…

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Two men

Historian points out this startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era

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By Donne Levy, AlterNet — America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.” This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led…

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Fast food workers and union members carry signs as they stage a protest outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the historic Memphis Sanitation Strike that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What Happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Economic Justice?

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Economic justice was always central to Martin Luther King Jr.’s agenda. But society has moved backward on that issue since his death. By Michael K. Honey, Time — When Memphis sanitation workers went on strike in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. knew they had a lesson to teach America. “You are reminding the nation,” he told attendees at a March 1968 rally there, “that it is a crime for people to live…

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Malcolm X, March 26,1964

Tambiko For Min. Malcolm: His Jihad, Awesome Sacrifice and Continuing Powerful Presence

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is tambiko for Min. Malcolm X, an offering of words and water in reverent remembrance of his legacy-rich life, his jihad of righteous self-raising and liberational struggle, his awesome sacrifice and his continuing powerful presence in the interest and advancement of African and human good in the world. The Day of Malcolm’s sacrifice and martyrdom, February 21, 1965, has been since 1966, a sacred…

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Bernie Sanders

Why Bernie fears the superdelegates will do him in–again

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Bernie Sanders railed loud and long in 2016 that the Democratic Party’s system of superdelegates and the superdelegates themselves were stacked against him. He was right. The Democratic Party’s superdelegates unlike the GOP superdelegates are not bound by the party rules to vote for the person getting the most delegate votes. They can vote for the person they want. In 2016, there was never any…

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Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Las Vegas last week.

Does Anyone Have a Clue About How to Fight Back Against Trump’s Racism?

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Moderates and progressives have a lot to lose by ignoring each other on this crucial question. By Thomas B. Edsall, NYT — Can Democrats diminish the bigotry that Donald Trump has unleashed in this country? Stung by the success of Trump’s anti-immigrant, racist campaign themes in 2016, left-of-center advocacy groups — think tanks, unions, progressive academics and Democratic consultants — are developing tools this year to counter the continuing Republican…

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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

‘The Worst Kind of Fascists’: Trump Visits Modi’s India and Announces $3 Billion Arms Deal

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“For decades, the U.S.-India relationship was anchored by claims of shared values of human rights and human dignity. Now, those shared values are discrimination, bigotry, and hostility towards refugees and asylum seekers. By Eoin Higgins — U.S. President Donald Trump got a warm welcome from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick off a whirlwind 36-hour tour of the world’s largest democracy and announced the two countries were finalizing a…

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