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On the Road in a Divided and Delusional America

On the Road in a Divided and Delusional America

“Democracy” is the currency of hypocrisy in today’s America. No politician or pundit seems able to get enough of it. Most of the babble is about “our precious democracy” and the threats to its institutional survival. But amid all the talk, there is so little critical analysis of that...

Creating Better Working Conditions in America

Creating Better Working Conditions in America

Before the coronavirus pandemic, our capitalist system relied on a generous supply of American workers willing and able to put in full-time hours. But with a declining birth rate, increases in early retirement, millions of women still out of the workforce and the deaths of more than 862,000 people...

The Futile Quest for Accountability

The Futile Quest for Accountability

The disappointed hope for a reckoning after the financial meltdown of 2008-09 that taught the world the meaning of “too big to fail” demonstrated the truth of its corollary: “too big to jail.” Sending rich people — and especially powerful rich people — to jail has always been a...

Is the Pentagon’s “Overmatch” Strategy Matchless?

Is the Pentagon’s “Overmatch” Strategy Matchless?

The White House has a goal and the Pentagon, a program built on the monopolistic notion of competing in an unfair fight. In an article for The Nation, Defense Correspondent Michael Klare reveals and explains in detail the “new grand strategy” shared by the Trump administration and the...

Would a Border Wall Stop Drugs from Entering the US?

Would a Border Wall Stop Drugs from Entering the US?

Trump’s wall is just the latest in a long history of cultural artifacts designed with racist intentions. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Having taken the US government hostage with his shutdown in an attempt to blackmail the Democrats into accepting his budget for a border wall, US...

Being Black in America

Being Black in America

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Akil Houston, an associate professor of African-American studies at Ohio University. Anti-black racism in the United States continues to be a problem over half a century since the abolition of Jim Crow laws. These laws enforced segregation...

News from the Far Side of Nowhere

News from the Far Side of Nowhere

Unbelievably enough, despite all evidence to the contrary, there’s still an actual world out there beyond news about Donald Trump. “Breaking News!” — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news...

How to Deal With the Trump Administration

How to Deal With the Trump Administration

Closing our eyes to Donald Trump will not make him go away. John Feffer explains. In my senior year of college, my Russian teacher pulled me aside. He told me that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was recruiting on campus. I should consider applying for a job. It was 1986. Mikhail...

Obama Snub: Why Diplomatic Gaffes Matter

Obama Snub: Why Diplomatic Gaffes Matter

Whether intentional or not, the Obama airport episode will make the US look diminished to Chinese audiences. It was pretty humorless as diplomatic gaffes go. After touching down in China for the G20 Summit, US President Barack Obama was not provided a staircase—or the accompanying red...

America is Dying in a Hail of Gunfire

America is Dying in a Hail of Gunfire

Young black men and police officers have something really important in common: They are both dying in the hail of bullets that is America today. It is hard to watch reports of what has become the daily litany of gun violence in America. It is even harder to watch it play out in real time. But...

What’s the “Mosque Controversy” in Georgia?

What’s the “Mosque Controversy” in Georgia?

Preventing Muslims or any other group from practicing their faith is un-American, argues Azadeh Shahshahani. Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents,...

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