Kyle Jensen

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The U.S. tried to change other countries’ governments 72 times during the Cold War

The CIA has concluded with “high confidence” that Russia intervened covertly during the presidential election to promote Donald Trump’s candidacy. They based this assessment on the discovery that Russian security agencies had hacked the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National …

Russia

Justin Trudeau: 'Globalisation isn't working for ordinary people'

Exclusive: Canada’s prime minister tells the Guardian why, in a world where populism, divisiveness and fear are on the rise, he’s taking the opposite approach<p>Ordinary people around the world have been failed by globalisation, Justin Trudeau has told the Guardian, as he sought to explain a turbulent …

Will Donald Trump have complete control of America’s propaganda arm?

Changes to the Broadcasting Board of Governors could allow Trump to build a propaganda arm — paid for by taxpayers<p>Thanks to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act last week, President-elect Donald Trump could have the power to transform the Broadcasting Board of Governors — an …

The alarming response to Russian meddling in American democracy

WHY is it unsettling to see Republicans and Democrats squabbling, afresh, about Russian meddling in last month’s presidential election? After all, …

The Most Politically Dangerous Book You’ve Never Heard Of

How one obscure Russian novel launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas.<p>When Alan Greenspan began his political career in 1974, he asked two people to accompany him to his Oval Office swearing-in ceremony as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: his mother, Rose Goldsmith, …

Literature

Media, morality and the neighbor’s cow: When did Ayn Rand become the Republican Party’s bible?

The value-neutral media “ideal” has left us with a society drained of kindness and mutual responsibility<p><i>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.</i><p>If you have any doubts that the phenomenon of Donald Trump was a long time a’coming, you have only to read a piece that Gore Vidal wrote for …

The Voice of Berta Cáceres Has Become the Voice of Millions

I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day she was murdered. I never imagined that later this year I would be in a demonstration along with almost a thousand …

The Earth Has Lost More Than Half Its Animals Since 1970

The global wildlife population declined by nearly 60 percent over the past four decades according to an alarming new report from the World Wildlife …

Biodiversity

This is what it will be like to protest in 2020, when the state is watching your every move

Justice

SNL’s brilliant Black Jeopardy sketch gave us some of the best political commentary of this election

Saturday Night Live found a new (and subtle!) way to joke about the 2016 election.<p>"Tom Hanks plays a Donald Trump supporter" could’ve yielded some obvious (read: lazy) jokes when he hosted <i>Saturday Night Live</i> on October 22. Instead, the show made him play Black Jeopardy — and found a whole new way …

The ABA wouldn’t run a piece calling Trump a “libel bully.” Here it is.

An American Bar Association journal commissioned an article on Donald Trump's frivolous lawsuits — then worried they'd be a target.<p><i>The New York Times</i> <i>reported</i> <i>Tuesday</i> <i>that the American Bar Association refused to publish a report that it had commissioned on Donald Trump’s tendency to file meritless</i> …

The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing review – work matters less than what you own

Our unfair system benefits rentiers, those who live on income from property and investments – from Goldman Sachs to Uber to landlords. Can capitalism be purified?<p>The time would come, Marx and Engels thought, when there would be only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and all people …

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact<p>The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying …

The GOP must do something about the conservative media industrial complex if it wants to survive

<b>Standing before a Miami audience</b>, sleeves rolled up, President Barack Obama was hard at work campaigning for Hillary Clinton.<p>But, as he sometimes does when he's riffing on the stump, the president took a detour in his speech. This time, he did so to make a point about Donald Trump and the …

Sean Hannity

What the critics say about treatment for transgender children

When Tai Jordan was a child, he would visit the local swimming pool and puzzle over why boys were allowed to splash about without their shirts on …

Are Capitalism and Democracy Compatible?

I chanced to view a TED program that featured <b>Yanis Varoufakis</b>, former Finance Minister of Greece. He titled his talk “Capitalism will eat democracy - unless we speak up<b>.</b>” He went on to claim that the current state of our Capitalism, which is financial Capitalism, is definitely hurting our democracy.<p>…

Dakota pipeline showdown at Standing Rock: When a powerful corporate chief is resisted by defenders of Native American ceremonial grounds

Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer Partners’ well-heeled chief, meets his match in North Dakota with Lakota Sioux<p>In bad movies (and bad history alike), the Native American ceremonial pipe figured prominently as symbol of defeat — typically in a cliched scene of subdued chieftains signing a treaty of …

American Indians killed by cops at highest rate in the nation, but they're invisible in the media

Why These Americans Refuse to Vote

Across the country, some Americans are so disgusted with the system and their choices that they're literally throwing their votes away.<p>In Nevada, residents are afforded a luxury not enjoyed by any other Americans: When they trudge to the polls next month, they'll have the chance to check a box that …

Government

Inequality is rising in Denmark, and negative interest rates are to blame

Scandinavian countries are famed for their high levels of equality. They are portrayed as a blissful landscape where everyone gets a good education, high wages and generous government support. Now this equality is under threat in Denmark, and once again unconventional stimulus measures by central …

Economics

Our children are paying a high price for society’s vision of success

Individual limitations are no longer acknowledged and failure is not an option. No wonder there are frightening levels of mental illness among young people<p>Yet another report has been published showing frightening levels of mental illness among children and young people in England. The figure now …

Video shows pickup truck plowing into Native American rights protesters

A witness described it as a hate crime and said the driver yelled obscenities at a crowd protesting about Columbus Day and the North Dakota oil pipeline<p>Reno police are investigating reports of a pickup truck plowing into a group of Native American rights demonstrators after dramatic video emerged …

As Jews atone on Yom Kippur, we need to confront our white privilege

On Yom Kippur, Jews take account of our souls, an intense reflective process called <i>cheshbon hanefesh</i>. This year, when I search my soul, I’ll be focused on confronting my own white privilege.<p>The Jewish community is far from uniform, but in aggregate we have done well. We have experienced that …

Yom Kippur

Waking from the John Wayne dream: Columbus and Jackson are dead, but America’s war against indigenous people lives on

A new book “All the Real Indians Died Off” dismantles a toxic fantasy Native American struggles are distant history<p>In her 1965 essay "John Wayne: A Love Song," Joan Didion celebrated the swagger and machismo that are the trademarks of that American cultural icon. "When John Wayne rode through my …

Joan Didion

On Columbus Day, A Look At The Myth That 'All The Real Indians Died Off'

When she was growing up, Dina Gilio-Whitaker was constantly asked, "How much Indian blood do you have?" She could never figure out how to respond, which is not to say she didn't know who she was.<p>"I knew that I was Native, I knew that I was Colville, I knew my family up there on the reservation," …

Marlon Brando

White Americans need to stop assuming Native American culture belongs to them, too

James Arthur Ray was at the top of his game in 2009. He’d fashioned himself into a celebrity self-help guru, becoming a darling of the television talk show circuit with appearances on <i>Oprah</i>, <i>The</i> <i>Ellen DeGeneres Show</i>, <i>Larry King Live</i>, and frequently <i>Today</i>. He had rocketed to fame after being a featured …

Indigenous Peoples

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.<p>One of the morbidly fascinating aspects of climate change is how much cognitive dissonance it generates, in individuals and nations alike.<p>The more you understand the brutal logic of climate change — what it could mean, the effort necessary …

Wells Fargo Crooks Stole From Customers, Reaped Obscene Rewards—and Stuck Us With the Bill

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article inaugurates a new column, “Insurgencies,” which will appear on TheNation.com and occasionally in print. It will probe the …