Pablo Menendez

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How much did the Louisiana Purchase actually cost?

It’s a familiar chapter in our history, part of the triumphant narrative of westward expansion: In 1803, the United States bought a massive chunk of …

An independent California isn’t that wacky of an Idea

<b>(Getty/Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Political scientists suspend their disbelief to explain how secession might play out for the Golden State<p>Maegan Carberry<p>February 12, 2017 4:00pm (UTC)<p>With recent public opinion surveys indicating that a third of Californians support peacefully seceding from the United …

Santa Barbara

Langston Hughes saw Donald Trump coming: “Let America Be America Again” vs. MAGA

<b>Donald Trump; Langston Hughes (Library Of Congress)</b><p>The great poet prefigured Trump’s slogan and offered a redemptive vision of the America we need now more than ever<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 12, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>As if Donald Trump’s signature slogan “Make America Great Again” weren’t vague and …

Donald Trump

Why Mitch McConnell muzzled Elizabeth Warren and Coretta Scott King.

By design, the U.S. Senate is a deliberative body in which members have every opportunity to speak their minds on the subject at hand. There are …

Mitch McConnell

Will new evidence in a Dothan, Alabama murder case prove James Bailey is innocent?

1.<p>Advertisement<p>Ruth Robinson met James Bailey by accident. Robinson, a 39-year-old lawyer from Birmingham, Alabama, was trying to schedule a legal …

Government by white nationalism is upon us.

Before the election, when Donald Trump was still just an unlikely presidential nominee, a conservative under the pseudonym “Publius Decius Mus,” …

Political Science

How to Jumpstart a Car

It's never too late to learn.<p>When your car doesn't start, you most <i>likely</i> have a dead battery and the fastest way to get back on the road is a quick jumpstart. This simple trick takes less than five minutes and only requires a set of jumper cables and another vehicle that is running. If you've never …

Electric Vehicles

A lesson for Trump from Stalin: Lies work, up to a point.

Donald Trump shares several important traits with his ally Vladimir Putin—foremost among them, the deployment of outrageous lies as a political tool. …

Joseph Stalin

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education chief, is living proof white people haven’t gotten over Brown v. Board of Education

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Betsy DeVos’ schemes for vouchers and charter schools are a veiled attempt to make education separate and unequal<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 19, 2017 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Brown v Board of Education, the legendary Supreme Court case that ended segregation in public schools, was decided nearly …

Education

Martin Luther King, Jr., the radical: 9 MLK quotes the media won’t cite

<b>(AP)</b><p>The words of the real MLK were far more radical than today’s cherry-picked lines<p>Kali Holloway<p>January 16, 2017 9:59pm (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.</i><p>The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be …

Black History

The colorblind sisterhood fantasy: Black women voted for white women — and white women voted for themselves

<b>(Getty/Chip Somodevilla)</b><p>A Clinton victory would have been most symbolic for white women. Why did so many not vote for her?<p>LaSha<p>November 26, 2016 3:00pm (UTC)<p>From the time she officially announced her candidacy, I had been adamant that I would not vote for Hillary Clinton. Whatever common …

Feminism

The battle of Hastings: What’s behind the Netflix CEO’s fight to charterize public schools?

<b>Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings (Wikimedia/James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media, Inc)</b><p>Hastings wants to bring Silicon Valley to the classroom, but charter schools can also fail just like start-ups<p>Joel Warner<p>October 15, 2016 3:59pm (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on Capital & Main.</i><p>Silicon Valley …

Education

Stop believing this myth: No, Native Americans are not “anti-science”

American Indians have always been fluent in scientific thought and practice, contrary to damaging misconceptions<p>Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz • Dina Gilio-Whitaker<p>October 9, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p><b>Excerpted from “'All the Real Indians Died Off': And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz</b> …

Native Americans

New attack on free speech: Pro-Israel groups wage war on campus freedom

<b>Pro-Israel demonstrators in Times Square,October 18, 2015. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>Attacks on pro-Palestinian activists have grown increasingly vicious, but free-speech supporters are fighting back<p>David Palumbo-Liu<p>September 24, 2016 2:45pm (UTC)<p>College campuses traditionally have been the sites of …

Rights & Freedoms

Rights group blasts U.S. “hypocrisy” in “vast flood of weapons” to Saudi Arabia, despite war crimes

<b>Barack Obama (Getty/Brendan Smialowski)</b><p>Amnesty International condemns Obama’s “astonishing,” unprecedented arms deals with repressive Middle East regimes<p>Ben Norton<p>August 30, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>Amnesty International has accused the U.S. of "deadly hypocrisy" for its massive arms deals with Middle East …

Middle East

America’s criminal injustice system: A private eye sheds light on the gross indignities suffered by the poor

<b>FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2013 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, dawn arrives at the now closed Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The Pentagon</b> …

Crime

White privilege as economic reality: It would take African-Americans 228 years to reach the same level of wealth as whites

<b>(erhui1979 via iStock)</b><p>Systemic white supremacy creates disparate and unequal economic outcomes for people of color, a new report shows<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>August 21, 2016 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Race is how economic class is lived in America. Consequently, from the nation's founding to the present, race and class …

When I published my book about Palestine, I learned how death threats and abuse became normalized

<b>A Palestinian woman walks past a wall with graffiti depicting a gunman</b><p>These tactics must be exposed and the climate of fear they create must not be allowed to stand<p>Ben Ehrenreich<p>August 21, 2016 3:59pm (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.</i><p><i>Ben Ehrenreich’s critically acclaimed book, "</i>The …

Israel

The rise of irreligion is the GOP’s real demographic crisis

<b>Ted Cruz (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>A widening “Godless gap” presents Christian conservatives with a choice: Get with the times or shrink to obscurity<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>August 20, 2016 1:30pm (UTC)<p>In the past several years, many trees have been felled and pixels electrocuted in the service of discussion …

Religion

BLM platform blasts “U.S. empire,” militarization, war on terror, AFRICOM

<b>(Reuters/Eric Miller)</b><p>The Movement for Black Lives platform makes subversive anti-imperialist demands and calls for global solidarity<p>Ben Norton<p>August 12, 2016 6:00pm (UTC)<p>The Movement for Black Lives released its much-anticipated platform on Aug. 1. The document thoroughly details demands across a …

Military Spending

WATCH: Reporter trolls U.S. State Dept. after Israeli forces steal Palestinian child’s bike

<b>An Israeli occupation police officer stealing the bike of an 8-year-old Palestinian girl in the occupied West Bank (YouTube/BTselem)</b><p>Journo asks if U.S. can deduct $100 of its $40B aid to Israel for the girl’s bike, gets replies about “security”<p>Ben Norton<p>August 5, 2016 8:30pm (UTC)<p>In a surreal …

Israel

“Campaigns against Gaza are a continuation of a campaign against all Palestinians”: The directors of “Gaza in Context” on their new film

<b>Palestinian boys carry their belongings after the Israeli army demolished their shanty, near the Israeli West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, January 6, 2016. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)</b><p>Noura Erakat and Dia Azzeh discuss their documentary, BDS, and the challenges of forming a counter-narrative<p>David …

Israel

A modern day lynching: Why I will not watch the video of Alton Sterling being killed by Baton Rouge police

<b>Alton Sterling (Facebook)</b><p>It’s psychologically and spiritually unhealthy for black Americans to watch endless imagery of attacks against them<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>July 7, 2016 6:13pm (UTC)<p>Another person has been added to the Necropolis of Black Death in the Age of Obama. On Tuesday, Alton Sterling was …

Justice

Elie Wiesel’s two sides: The Holocaust survivor gave voice to Jewish victims while ignoring others’ suffering

<b>FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2009 file photo, Elie Wiesel listens during an interview with The Associated Press in Budapest, Hungary. Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor has died. His death was announced Saturday, July 2, 2016 by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. (AP Photo/Bela</b> …

Israel

Every day we’re hustling: Why we love “hustlers” — but not “whores” | Salon.com

<b>Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford in "Parks and Recreation" (NBC/Colleen Hayes)</b><p>Every day we’re hustling: Why we love “hustlers” — but not “whores”<p>Two words, both rooted in sex work — one is celebrated, while the other remains cloaked in stigma<p>Teresa Bigelow<p>July 2, 2016 10:30pm (UTC)<p>We seem to be in the …

Feminism

America has had a tyrant like Trump before: We fought a revolution to get rid of him

<b>King George III, Donald Trump (Wikimedia/Reuters/Chris Keane/Salon)</b><p>Hitler comparisons are lazy and sophomoric — a far superior historical analogy for Trump is King George III<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>July 4, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>As America celebrates its 240th anniversary, the Donald Trump campaign confronts us …

Donald Trump

“We have a right to engage in non-violent action”: Christian leaders refuse to be silenced in struggle for Palestinian rights

<b>A Palestinian woman passes by rescuers inspecting the rubble of destroyed houses following Israeli strikes in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. (AP/Khalil Hamra)</b><p>As Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his controversial crusade against BDS, church voices defend the movement<p>July 4, 2016 2:30pm (UTC)<p>As …

Israel

Critics say bipartisan bill signed by Obama imposes “colonial” control board on Puerto Rico, puts “hedge funds ahead of people”

<b>Barack Obama signs into law the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, June 30, 2016. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)</b><p>Bob Menéndez and Bernie Sanders blasted PROMESA bill, calling it Wall Street gift that makes U.S. “colonial master”<p>Ben Norton<p>July 1, 2016 7:45pm (UTC)<p>A bipartisan bill …

Caribbean

Brexit vs. Braveheart: Will the Celtic nations seek revenge on England for its historic blunder?

<b>Edinburgh Castle (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)</b><p>Scotland plots a course toward independence and Ireland ponders unity, while Wales voted “Leave” from the left<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>June 29, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>In the wake of Britain’s startling vote last week to leave the European Union — which even took most …

Great Britain

Globalization and its discontents: How the Trump/Brexit movements might herald New World Orders

<b>Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage (AP/Reuters/Matt Dunham/Scott Audette/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Trump and the Leave campaign share many common political themes — the end result could be chaos<p>Eric Bovim<p>June 25, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Early this spring, when a Trump presidency …

Bernie Sanders