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How American Racism Influenced Hitler

Scholars are mapping the international precursors of Nazism.<p>“History teaches, but has no pupils,” the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci wrote. That line comes to mind when I browse in the history section of a bookstore. An adage in publishing is that you can never go wrong with books about …

Native Americans

World Bank recommends that countries eliminate minimum wage, dismantle wrongful dismissal rules and contractual protections for workers

A draft of the World Bank's annual flagship World Development Report says that its creditor-states (the poorest countries in the world) should …

World Bank

Trump's New Foreign Policy Kick Is a Five-Alarm Fire

The president* is feuding with his U.N. ambassador and launching wars to back up his tweets.<p>I don’t know how many of you have noticed, but events down at Camp Runamuck indicate at the moment that the president* currently is running an administration* that can fairly be described as five alarms in …

Donald Trump

US blasts 'unfair' Chinese trade tariffs

The United States on Monday blasted as "unfair" Chinese tariffs imposed on 128 US imports worth $3 billion, including fruit and pork, in the latest tit-for-tat over US duties on steel and aluminium.<p>China's action, which was decided by the customs tariff commission of the State Council, followed …

China

Here are the top 10 reasons I don't believe in God

<i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless<i>by Greta Christina. The book is available</i> …

Top 10

The Last Great Warriors of the Navajo Nation

Four hours west of Albuquerque, over the mud brown desert hills, past the impossibly expansive golden plains strewn with flat-topped mountains …

Paul Krugman Explains Trade and Tariffs

<i>Paul Krugman took questions from readers about trade after President Trump’s announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Here are his answers to some of the hundreds of questions he received. — By the Editors</i><p><i>1. Literally every small consumer item I buy is made in China. Please explain</i> …

Economics

What the Koch Brothers Want Students to Learn About Slavery

The Koch brothers empire is seeking to promote an alternate narrative to slavery.Given that the billionaire Charles Koch has poured millions of …

Black History

Collective action is unions’ last line of defense — and Supreme Court is on verge of destroying it

A ruling in the Janus case could devastate unions<p>The Supreme Court on Feb. 26 heard arguments in a case that could deliver a devastating blow to organized labor.<p>The case concerns whether employees can be required to pay dues to a union even if they don’t belong to it, a debate that is similar to …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Commander v. Chief

The lessons of Eisenhower’s civil-rights struggle with his chief justice Earl Warren<p>At a White House stag dinner in February 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower shocked the new chief justice of the United States. Earl Warren was Eisenhower’s first appointment to the Supreme Court and had been sworn …

Civil Rights

How the NAACP fought lynching… with pictures of a man being lynched

Nothing was censored — and that was the point<p>In July of 1916,at the end of a long day, readers all across the U.S. picked up the most recent issue of …

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th …

Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment

At the heart of the gun-control debate is a fundamental tension between republicanism and individualism.<p>Calmly, patiently, with considerable bravery, the instructor at the shooting range shows me how to fire the submachine gun, a MAC-11—the first real gun I have ever held. It jams repeatedly. …

Guns

What We Thought We Knew About Africa and Slavery Might Not Be Right

• <b>Circumstances More Complex Than Most Report</b>• <b><br>Defiant Immigrant Dad Leads ‘CBS Evening News’</b>• <b><br>Sinclair Wants News Directors to Pay Into PAC</b>• <b><br>Joy Reid ‘a</b> …

Puerto Rico

Report: California Police Protected White Nationalists Who Helped Them Hunt Anti-Racism Activists

When anyone insinuates that cops are racist, they’re said to be willfully painting with too broad a brush. Sure, there might be a few bad apples, but …

Rights & Freedoms

New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC’s repeal

In an announcement today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has signed an executive order that would require internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even though the FCC recently voted to repeal those rules.<p>On Monday, Montana’s governor signed essentially …

Net Neutrality

Animated Short Your Black Friend Is All About the Racism of Silence

In Ben Passmore’s comic <i>Your Black Friend</i>, a black man sits in a cafe and watches as one white person diligently ignores the casual, anti-black racism …

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1968

A half-century ago, much of the world appeared to be in a state of crisis. Protests erupted in France, Czechoslovakia. Germany, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, and many other places. Some of these protests ended peacefully; many were put down harshly. Two of the biggest catalysts for protest …

Civil Rights

5 big myths sold by the defenders of capitalism

Our dominant economic system causes too many Americans too much pain<p>I’ve been writing about the economic and environmental realities of marginalized communities for some time, primarily from the perspective of positive systems that are growing to support disenfranchised people. Many of these …

Income Inequality

Myths from American History Class

In the U.S., kids spend a lot of time in history class learning about the American Revolution and the founding fathers. But history books tend to simplify the complex reality of the war and the country’s founding. This episode of <i>School Myths</i> by <i>The Atlantic</i> investigates the overblown, rose-colored …

American History

This Thanksgiving, Native Americans will be insulted in the most offensive way possible

On Thursday, families across the United States and a growing number in Britain will celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday is a time of remembrance when …

The long tail of Jim Crow

Inequality for black families now is still being affected by housing discrimination in the 20th century<p>My four siblings and I will soon sell the final significant piece of my parents’ estate, the home they bought in Baltimore in 1960. At the time of the purchase, my father was still establishing …

Housing

Restored Prisoner’s Letter Uncovers Horrific Details of Life at Auschwitz Death Camp

In 1944, Marcel Nadjari—a Greek Jew who was forced to remove bodies from the Auschwitz gas chambers—buried a letter in a forest near the camp. The …

Archaeology

140 miles: 75 years after the Bataan Death March and what you need to know

On April 9, 1942, U.S. forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese, and so began what we call the Bataan Death March today. After the …

That 12-year-old screaming at you while playing “Call of Duty” might actually be gaming for school

The mud-soaked and fog-blanketed World War I-inspired landscapes of <i>Battlefield 1</i> can be brutal environments. Hundreds of thousands of gamers log on daily to shred airborne opponents while piloting fighter planes like the Red Baron and gallop across the desert like Lawrence of Arabia. But the vast …

World History

Why GDP Is Not an Accurate Measure of the Economy | Investopedia

When economists, journalists and politicians talk about the strength or weakness of the national economy, they cite one main statistic: GDP. The …

Economics

Bigger than fake news: Trump’s rise was fueled by a deeper narrative of fake history

Trump’s lies about crime, Muslims and immigration aren’t meant to make sense — only to confirm his followers’ fears<p>A lot of ink and a lot of electrons have been spilled on the subject of "fake news" during the last election cycle. But too little attention has been paid to something deeper that …

Donald Trump

Was this weekend a trial balloon for a coup?

"Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d’état against the United States," writes Yonatan Zunger on Medium. The "administration is testing the …

United States

Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America's climate antagonism

Contrary to all evidence, the new US president will ignore climate change science and proceed with aggressive pro-oil and gas policies<p>If there were any lingering doubts over Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for shoving the US back into the smoggy embrace of fossil fuels, his decision to revive the …

Climate